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About this item – Positive Grid Spark Guitar Amplifier Review
- Spark learns your style and feel, then generates authentic bass and drums to accompany you
- Access over 10000 killer guitar, bass, amp and effect presents, so you can play pristine melodies, crunchy chords and soaring leads
- Choose any songs and spark smart app will automatically display the guitar chords in real time
- Spark is a powerhouse 40 watt combo, which includes onboard tone stack controls, tone starter present programs, a built-in tuner, tap tempo and more
- Connect spark and easily record your ideas on the computer
Hook the Spark up to your computer via USB and it as a recording interface. The amp comes bundled with PreSonus Studio One Prime recording software. (Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)
This is the little amp that could, and did, offering 40 watts through a stereo speaker setup, and making its respectable wattage count for a lot. Play it at house-friendly volumes or through headphones, but if the mood takes you, this amp can really sound expansive and loud, with modelling tech that offers valve-like dynamics in a digital practice amp format.
Then you have to consider the idea that the Spark isn’t just an amp. At least, not in the conventional sense.
Spark can analyze a song of your choice from Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube then transpose its chords so you can play along with it
Of course, you have heard it all before with regards to amp integration blah blah, Bluetooth audio streaming yada yada… And sure, the Spark does all that. But the Spark can also analyze a song of your choice from Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube then transpose its chords so you can play along with it.
Pick a tempo, play a riff or a chord progression, choose the genre you want and it’ll create a backing track for your to jam with. Even the most cynical tone hound would have to raise an eyebrow at that.
The Spark looks like a proper guitar amplifier. It is a table-friendly format, but it isn’t trying to masquerade as a piece of hi-fi equipment to appeal to the home gadget fanatic. It looks good; all that black and gold, and a piping, grill, and control panel that should look reassuring to any player.
Its portable size and low weight mean you can place it pretty much anywhere in your house and it would not look out of place.
The Smart Way To Play And Jam
The Spark amp and app work together to learn your style and feel, and then generate authentic bass and drums to accompany you. It’s a smart virtual band that goes wherever you go!
Spark is a powerhouse 40 Watt combo that packs some serious thunder. With bass, mid and treble tone stack controls, plus handy mod, delay and reverb effects, tone starter preset programs, a built-in tuner, tap tempo and more, you’ll be blown away by Spark’s versatility and authentic feel.
Smart Jam is great but we see Auto Chords as a much bigger deal. This listens to a song of your choosing within the app, and if it doesn’t already have the chords for it on its database, it will analyse the song and transpose the chords for you to play along.
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Getting Started With The Spark Amp
Getting Started with the Spark App
TYPE: Digital modeling combo for guitar, bass, and acoustic with BIAS Tone Engine and app integration for jamming
OUTPUT: 40 watts
SPEAKERS: 2×4” Custom Designed
TOP CONTROLS: Amp Type, Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Master, Mod, Delay, Reverb, Output Volume, Music Volume, four programmable Preset buttons, Tap/Tuner button
ONBOARD EFFECTS: 30 Amp Models, 40 Effects
SOCKETS: 1/4” guitar input, 1/8” aux input, 1/8” headphone, Bluetooth audio, USB connectivity for recording 2 In x 2 Out
DIMENSIONS: 350mm [w] x 180mm [w] x 190mm [d]
WEIGHT: 5.2 kg / 11.5 lbs
CONTACT: Positive Grid
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- So many features, so many tones!
- Intuitive layout.
- Smart Jam and Auto Chord are incredible practice tools.
- The amp response feels authentic.
- Value for money.
- Small and Portable
- A footswitch for channel switching would be amazing.
- Not for the non technical person
The Spark has all the connectivity, amp modeling and onboard effects you’d expect from a state-of-the-art desktop amp, but it takes the format into the future with its Smart Jam and Auto Chords features. It’s incredible.
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