Whether you want to call it a USB guitar interface, USB guitar amp, or just a USB guitar link for your computer. With the new THR5 and THR10, Yamaha have launched a new concept in guitar amplification.
If you’re a guitarist and haven’t seen this one yet, it’s definitely worth a look.
The THR fuses the high fidelity audio electronics and sound quality expertise that Yamaha is renowned for, with guitarist focused intuitive user design and classic retro looks.
Designed to give the guitarist everything they need. The tone, response and dynamics of a tube amplifier, stereo input for playing along with backing tracks and a range of effects to modify tone. All in a compact yet powerful footprint.
The neat thing about the THR is that they admirably perform several functions; a stand alone portable amp, a USB audio interface, stereo loudspeakers for your computer (or any other stereo source such as your mp3 player). There’s even copy of Cubase AI included, so you can get recording audio and multi-tracking your songs straight away.
USB and AUX Connection Recording
The USB connection allows you to plug into your computer and connect to your favourite DAW or audio recording software (or simply use the bundled copy of Cubase AI).
Both the THR5 and 10 feature zero latency monitoring of your guitar input and the applied effects, which can be blended with the output of your computer or a stereo signal coming in the AUX mini jack input (which is available on the top and rear of the device).
VCM Amp Modelling & Effects Built in
Based on the same VCM (Virtual Circuit Modelling) technology that Yamaha uses in its professional audio mixers. The amp modelling and effects are easily accessible using the simple rotary selectors.
Both of the THR models have amp simulations (CLEAN/CRUNCH/LEAD/BRIT HI/MODERN) and effects (CHORUS, FLANGER, PHASER, TREMOLO, DELAY, DELAY/REVERB, SPRING REVERB, HALL REVERB, COMPRESSOR, NOISE GATE) build in.
Most of the amp and effects controls are available using the rotary dials on the top of the THR’s. You can also access all the amp and effect parameters using the THR editor on your computer, which allows detailed editing including the compresser and noise gate functions (which aren’t accessible outside the editor).
The THR10 has the 5 amp type modes found on the THR5. But the THR10 also incorporates several other amp simulations suited to its larger cabinet (BASS, ACO, FLAT). These additional amp simulations are tailored to low and mid range sounds that will appeal to bass guitarists. The THR10 also replaces the single ‘Tone’ control featured on the THR5 with 3 tone controls (BASS, MID and TREBLE).
Built in Tuner
Another great feature is the built in digital chromatic tuner (there’s nothing more annoying that an out of tune guitar). No more dragging around an additional tuner or searching for that tuner plugin on your computer, just use the one built in. The same button on the THR’s also provide a convenient ‘Tap’ button for tapping in tempo control for the time delay effects, so that you can be sure to get that echo or slap back in perfect sync.
Versatile power options
Power using AC mains power. Or for ultra portability, power using batteries. So if you want to travel with your amp you don’t have to worry about where your power is coming from, a handy feature if you plan to use it out and about with your laptop too.
The THR devices are a great concept for the guitarist or bass player. Instantly gratifying functionality, but with the extended features and functions to win a place on your desktop as well as at your practice sessions.
We think the THR is a winner!
Check out the THR5 and THR10 Yamaha Guitar Amplifiers at Amazon.