January 03, 2024 2 min read

Today's journey takes us through the sonic realms of the Fortin NATAS paired with the Seymour Duncan Power Stage. Strap in as we explore the synergy between these powerhouses of sound.

For the signal chain, I routed the signal from my LTD EC1000 through the Zuul Plus, into the Fortin NATAS, and finally into the Seymour Duncan Power Stage. For the cabinet, I opted for my trusty Orange 212, mic'd up with an SM57, captured by my Apollo interface.

The initial setup was straightforward – everything at the 12 o'clock mark. 

When tweaking the NATAS, I always start with the tone shift position. This choice significantly shapes the gain structure and EQ output from the power amp. In this instance I prefer the own position. As it offers a slightly scooped sound, pairing well with amp saturation.

Onto the preamp adjustments. First, taming the potential harshness with the treble knob on the NATAS at 1 o'clock. Then, for that added bite, the mids joined in at the same 1 o'clock position. Feeling a hint of thinness in the bass, I cranked it up to 3 o'clock, rounding out the lower end.

Experimenting with the volume knobs, both on the power amp and the NATAS, yielded interesting results. Pushing the NATAS a bit more into the power amp added a certain richness, prompting me to settle at the 2 o'clock mark for volume.

Now, the grind and girth knobs—my gateway to presence and power respectively. Setting the grind knob to almost max (4 o'clock) and a touch of girth (1 o'clock) brought forth the desired forcefulness, compensating for the absence of a tube amp's inherent characteristics.

Adjusting the power stage parameters, I found a sweet spot at 2 o'clock for that additional edge. And revisiting the mids at 1 o'clock balanced the top-end frequencies. The bass got a gentle nudge to 1 o'clock as well, completing the tonal puzzle.

But it didn't stop there. In the midst of re-amping, a spur-of-the-moment decision led me to engage the KILL switch for added gain and heightened articulation—ideal for intricate hammer-ons and pull-offs.

The final result? An exhilarating tone that cuts through the mix effortlessly. The Fortin NATAS, driven by the Seymour Duncan Power Stage, delivers a sonic palette that's both aggressive and nuanced.

In the isolated rendition, its sheer versatility shines through, offering a glimpse into the depth and range this setup can achieve.

Concluding this sonic escapade, I invite your feedback. Moreover, share your recommendations for pedals or amps you'd like to witness in tandem with the Fortin NATAS gear.

This exploration, sparked by a viewer's request, showcased a lightweight rig's potential—a setup that fits snugly in a backpack, perfect for on-the-go performances. While it might lack a physical cab, the convenience it offers is unmatched. And hey, who doesn't love a portable rig with a punchy sound?

- Mel Torres


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