Positive Grid has already proven its ability in guitar amps with increasingly small inserts in its Spark line. But for NAMM 2024, it's going to be big with Spark Live, a 150-watt portable PA system with four speakers and four audio input channels. Instead of quiet individual rehearsal, Spark Live is intended for band rehearsals or small concerts.
The first channel is dedicated to guitar and has the full power of Positive Grid's modeling technology at its disposal. There are 33 amp models and 43 built-in effects that can be combined into eight different presets that are easily accessible from the main control panel.
The second channel has a 1/4″/XLR combo input and has custom presets and effects for bass, vocals, and acoustic guitar. There are preamp models as well as new effects unique to Spark Live. Channel three and four are a stereo pair of direct inputs. There are amp samples or effects here, but you can play them directly from a synthesizer, an amp simulation pedal, or even just a backing track from a computer.
There is also a sensor inside that allows it to dynamically change the EQ based on position. When in portrait mode, the live stream has a more direct, more powerful tone. But when placed on its side, it provides a wider, softer stereo field. There's also a built-in tilt stand so you can direct the sound where necessary. It can also automatically adjust the volume based on incoming signals. There's also an optional $79 battery pack that can power the Spark Live for up to eight hours.
In addition to the live broadcast, Positive Grid also announced Spark control X, a Bluetooth foot controller for its Spark line of amps. It can connect to Spark Live all the way to the tiny Spark Go. It has six customizable footswitches, MIDI support, an expression pedal jack, and a built-in rechargeable battery. Positive Grid also includes three clear layers that you can write on with a dry erase marker so you know what each key does.
To complement the deluge of announcements for NAMM 2024, Positive Grid also revealed Spark Link Wireless guitar system. Wireless guitar transport systems aren't new, but the Positive Grid undercuts the other players in the space at $129. It claims a link range of up to 70 feet, 20 feet more than most.
All new Positive Grid products are available for pre-order directly from the company. The Spark Live will retail for $549, but there is a $50 discount coupon available during the pre-order period. Spark Control
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