The Cobra is one of the most savage, in-your-face sounding high-gain amps of all time. Used on countless legendary metal recordings, it doesnt get much moore aggressive than the Cobra. With its distinct growl, ultra-tight response, and immense pow...
The Cobra is one of the most savage, in-your-face sounding high-gain amps of all time. Used on countless legendary metal recordings, it doesnt get much moore aggressive than the Cobra. With its distinct growl, ultra-tight response, and immense power.
Framus Cobra Top 100W Tube Amplifier Head. Features 3 independent, MIDI-controllable channels with dual master volume controls, FX loop, mid cut notches, 100 watts of EL34 power, and much more.
100 watts Tubes: 5x ECC 83 by JJ, 4x EL 34 by Electro Harmonix (selected quartet) 3 channels (Clean, Crunch and Lead) Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence controls for each channel Notch switches for Crunch and Lead Parallel effects loop Effect Mix control Deep control to set the amount of low end in the power amp stage Master 1 and 2, switchable Integrated MIDI interface 4, 8 and 16 ohms speaker output impedance, switchable Metallic grill front face Weight: 21 kg Dimensions (W/H/D): 0,72 x 0,28 x 0,26 m Made in Germany
I try not to repeat myself when it comes to musical material for my videos. When I got this amp for review, I started writing some riffs, and unexpectedly it all grew into a song. The verse section sounded kinda dull without singing, so I decided to record some vocals. Hope you won't mind:)
I actually preferred Cobra's Crunch channel. It's literally my favorite crunch channel among all amps I tried before. Lead channel needs some tweaking to keep things tight on riffs, but oh my God, that crunch!
Anyways, SIGNAL CHAIN
It goes: [into the pedal] Maxon OD-808. Gain at minimum, Tone at noon. [into the amp] Framus Cobra Crunch channel (all knobs noon-ish, really depends on your guitar and cab, so exact positions don't matter much). [into guitar cab] MESA Rectifier 4x12 Slant cab. [into the mics] Shure SM-57 on one speaker, subtly blended with Telefunken AR-51 on another speaker. [into the sound interface] RME UFC built in mic pre's. [then into Cubase 8.5.1] 12 dB/octave Hi-pass filter at 80 Hz, 12 dB/octave Lo-pass filter at 10 kHz (which is literally no post-processing)
P.S. I kept cymbals pretty quiet in the mix to avoid masking the guitars.
P.P.S. If you want to hear more Framus Cobra tones, check out the latest Jinjer album, which I produced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJoPIgg17U4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B48xIcvgzYM
The vinyl covering is crap and the chassis is a major design flaw. The Inside is amazing and this Amp can store multiple variations of channel settings w/a MIDI switcher that can allow one to have multiple Gain/Volume/EQ settings on all 3 channels while managing the FX loop and Racked effects simultaneously. A few resistors and caps in the Amp should be checked or possibly upgraded by a PROFESSIONAL that knows these Amps well. This Cobra responds to G12's period. Forget V30's or anything for that matter. ACHTUNG: YOU WILL BLOW this AMP/TRANSFORMER if is not plugged into a Cabinet or Load Box for even 2 seconds. A good shock mounted case is a must for touring. The FX Loop is TRS/Balanced. So only Studio Grade outboard effects can be used. It takes some tweaking of the EQ and patience, but it is well worth it.