Gain 1 & 2- The V4 Kraken Guitar amp has two channels. Gain 1 is a slightly looser more ‘vintage’ British-inspired gain sound. Gain 2 is tighter in the bass with a more cutting midrange character and, of course more drive.
Victory Amplification V4 The Kraken Guitar Amp
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Maker: Victory Amplification
Model: V4 The Kraken Amp
Four valves in the front end, 180-watt power section, two channels, reverb and Two notes technology. Only 1.7kg / 3.75lbs – all the Kraken tone in a small box!
The V4 The Kraken guitar amp partners a V4 Series all-valve preamp with a solid-state, 180-watt Class D power amp. Building on the success of the V4 The Duchess, the V4 Kraken guitar amp continues the ultra-compact size and huge tones by adding even more features. The V4 Kraken guitar amp features Two notes audio engineering Torpedo-embedded DynIR Virtual Cabinet technology making it easy to take your cabinets anywhere!
Three-Band EQ- Powerful bass, middle and treble controls to shape your tone. These also have an effect on the gain character and drive levels – just like in any valve guitar amp.
Reverb- Lush sounding digital reverb gives you ambience aplenty. Run it low for a subtle feeling of space, or max it out for washy, splashy hugeness! The reverb is foot-switchable using a TRS cable (sold separately).
Two notes Technology- Two notes Audio engineering Torpedo-embedded DynIR Virtual Cabinet technology is onboard the Kraken. The Cab Sim XLR makes is super easy to take you Victory virtual cabinets anywhere.
Series Effects Loop- Sits between the preamp and power amp. Run your time-based effects here for maximum clarity.
Balanced Line Out and Headphone Output- Send a direct feed to a separate speaker simulator, front of house or wherever you like. Can be used with or without a speaker connected. The inbuilt headphone output makes silent practice quick and easy.
9V DC Power Output- Want to power some extra pedals and stick this on your board? We’ve included a 9V DC centre-negative output that will put out a maximum of 500mA. This is more than enough for the vast majority of drives, fuzzes and analogue delays and so on.
VRC – Valve Response Circuit- The idea behind this little piece of the circuit is to mimic what a “resonance” or “thump” (other adjectives are available!) control does in the power amp of a valve amp. So with the V.R.C (™) circuit you get closer to how a valve power section should feel but in a tiny amp you can throw in your backpack and still get up to 180 watts of power!
TWO NOTES TECHNOLOGY- We have partnered with the incredibly talented folks at Two notes Audio Engineering to embed their incredible tech in our V4 Kraken Guitar amp.
Straight out of the box you have access to six presets created by Victory and Two notes artist (and Kraken collaborator) Rabea Massaad. These have been specifically created by Rabea for the V4 Kraken guitar amp. There are ten Victory virtual cabinets included with the amp, and these can be accessed by plugging the V4 Kraken guitar amp into your computer, via Torpedo Remote (download for free from the Two notes website) – this where you access the power amp modes, rooms, studio-grade EQ and audio enhancer.
THE STORY OF THE V4 AMP VALVES!
The V4 amps have some interesting valves in them, to be specific 3 CV4014’s and 1 EC900. The CV4014’s were made in 1981 in the Mullard factory in England and then stored in a climate-controlled atmosphere deep underground,the depot was part of a cold-war nuclear bunker! They lay there until we decided to design some products from them!
The EC900 were made by E.I (Elektronska Industrija) in the former Yugoslavia under license from Phillips and Mullard, they were produced to an incredibly high standard so much so, we have included a 2-year valve warranty on the V4 amps.
THE V4 KRAKEN UPDATE
The Kraken V4 amp was launched in 2021, then in 2022 we updated it with headphone output and Valve Response Circuit (VRC) this was timed with the launch of the V4 Copper, V4 Jack and V4 Sheriff.
- FORMAT:Guitar amplifier head
- PREAMP VALVES:1 x EC900, 3 x CV4014
- POWER OUTPUT:180W @ 4 ohms (approx 90W @ 8 ohms, 45W @ 16 ohms)
- POWER REQUIREMENTS:Mains IEC
- SIZE:258(w) x 174(h) x 105mm(d) inc feet & knobs
- WEIGHT:1.7kg (3.75lbs)
- Aluminium chassis
- Two notes Cab Sim Technology with 6 position preset control
- Three band EQ
- Series FX loop
- Balanced DI out on TRS 6.3mm jack
- Additional 9V DC power outlet for pedals etc (maximum total current 500mA, centre-negative)