What is HALF POWER MODE, and how does it work?
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What is the HALF POWER MODE?
HALF POWER MODE is available for the AMP1 Mercury Edition and the AMP1 Iridium Edition. It reduces the output power of the AMP1 to approx. 50 watts, so that you can play a 60-watt cabinet (e.g., the BluGuitar NanoCab or FatCab) with full nanotube saturation.
Good to know
The HALF POWER MODE is intended for stand-alone operation of the AMP1. The LOW GAIN MODE is deactivated by an incoming MIDI command as well as by connecting the REMOTE1 to the foot switch jack of the AMP1. This is because both via MIDI and with the help of REMOTE1, a PowerSoak value (CC030) is stored individually per preset, and HALF POWER MODE becomes obsolete.
Activating HALF POWER MODE
To activate HALF POWER MODE, press and hold the left foot switch while turning on the AMP1: the output power is reduced.
AMP1 Mercury Edition
The AMP1 Mercury Edition has several software versions that behave differently when it comes to HALF POWER MODE activation and deactivation:
With the first production batch, you will not receive any visual confirmation when activating the HALF POWER MODE. With these unit, you must perform a factory reset in order to return to full power.
With the release of the AMP1 Iridium Edition, we changed the software of all AMP1s, including the AMP1 Mercury Edition, to allow the middle foot switch to flash three times when entering HALF POWER MODE.
With these units, you can return to full power (in addition to performing the factory reset) also by repeating the above procedure: turn off the AMP1 and hold down the left foot switch while turning it back on. The foot switch will not flash when HALF POWER MODE is turned off, unlike when it is turned on.
This software is installed on all AMP1 Mercury Edition units produced in 2019 or later. To find out when your AMP1 Mercury Edition was produced, check out this article.
AMP1 Iridium Edition
The AMP1 Iridium Edition is equipped with the latest software: The left foot switch flashes three times when entering the HALF POWER MODE, and you can return to full power - in addition to performing a factory reset - by turning off the AMP1 and holding down the left foot switch while turning it back on.