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Analog Outfitters ORGANIC 

The Road Amp

 

 

 

 

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BEN JUDAY - FOUNDER

BIO

In 2002, Ben Juday founded Analog Outfitters in a basement workshop in Champaign, IL. He had spent the three previous years at the University of Illinois pursuing a graduate degree in Geography, with the ultimate goal of being a college professor. In 2000, Ben had the great fortune of meeting physics professor Steve Errede who taught a class entitled "Physics of Electronic Musical Instruments". Ben asked Professor Errede if he could sit in on the course, and they became fast friends with Professor Errede becoming an unofficial mentor to Ben. This class and relationship gave Ben the inspiration to dramatically change career goals from being a college professor to having a career in the music business. 15 years later, this collaborative relationship continues with Professor Errede playing an integral design role in almost all Analog Outfitters products.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Analog Outfitters officially began in 2002 in a basement workshop in Champaign, IL. From 2002 to 2011, Analog Outfitters specialized in repairs and live sound. Those nine years were formative in giving the team a thorough understanding of the technical side of the music business. After repairing thousands of pieces of equipment, the team learned what designs stood up to the rigors of the road, and what designs failed after 6 months. 

In 2011, Ben Juday decided to build a custom amplifier with no intentions of starting an amplifier business. He had hundreds of old Hammond organ amplifiers lying around the shop, as well as some old signs and empty scientific equipment cases. After much trial and error, the first Sarge amplifier was born. From there Ben went ahead and built a few more amps, taking them to Nashville in 2011 while on a family vacation. It was there that Analog Outfitters' amp line found its first dealer. 

Over the last several years, the team at Analog Outfitters has continued to develop new products and form new relationships with dealers around the world. As part of our company philosophy, we are committed to using recycled or up-cycled materials whenever possible. Constructed from up-cycled remains of salvaged Hammond Organ products, each amplifier is uniquely created to provide a tonally rich and versatile sound. The up-cycling process allows Analog Outfitters to use rare woods that are typically banned from manufacturing use, such as redwood, mahogany and other materials. Analog amplifiers are the result of uncompromising dedication to meticulous craftsmanship and a commitment to create unparalleled performance for our customers that is unrivaled in the market.  

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OrGanic 15

Constructed from high quality woods such as redwood and mahogany, the ORGANIC 15 is the perfect amplifier for those seeking a powerful and versatile amp that comes with personality. Up-cycled from original Hammond models, the ORGANIC 15 is a piece of music history and an excellent addition to any musician's arsenal. The ORGANIC 15 gives all of the powerful performance of the Sarge inside of a beautifully crafted hardwood cabinet.

ORGANIC 15 Features:
(2) EL-84 Output Tubes
(2) 12AX7 Preamplifier Tubes
(1) 5U4GB Rectifier Tube
4 Ohms Output Impedance
15 watts Class A power
Vintage Power and Output Transformers
Cathodyne Phase Inverter

 

 

ROAD AMP

The Road Amp is specifically designed to be tough, and its outer shell is constructed from decommissioned road signs; having proven themselves for decades on the side of America's streets, these signs are now ready to be reborn as the unique case for our new line of tone machines. Like our other amplifiers, the Road Amp is built from vintage Hammond organ amplifiers repurposed to create the sparkling tone that only vintage transformers can produce.

Road Amp Features:
(2) 6V6 Output Tubes
(1) 12AX7 Preamplifier Tube
(1) 12AU7 Phase Inverter Tube
(1) 5U4GB Rectifier Tube
8 Ohms Output Impedance
20 Watt Class A
Vintage Power and Output Transformers
Case made from decommissioned road sign

 

SUPER SARGE

Super SARGE features: 
(4) EL84 Power Tubes
(2) 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
(1) 5U4 Rectifier
4 or 8 Ohms Output Impedance
35 Watt Class A Power
Vintage Output Transformer
Repurposed Steel Case

The Super Sarge is a more powerful version of our Sarge model, with four  EL84 power tubes. This model resulted from a collaborative effort between Analog Outfitters and Nels Cline of Wilco. Nels wanted an amplifier with the tone of the Sarge but with more clean headroom for live applications; the resulting amplifier is equally at home in the studio or on stage. 

 

SARGE

Enclosed in a unique enclosure constructed from recycled steel, the Sarge is built tough and highly portable for any occasion. Each enclosure is slightly different due to parts sourcing, and features a unique case that is able to withstand any potential damage. Small enough to fit on any cabinet, the amplifier is powered by two EL84s in the power section, two 12AX7s in a preamp setting and a 5Y3 rectifier. This allows the Sarge to provide a gritty and authoritative tone that is able to make itself heard regardless of the composition of the sound.

SARGE Features:
(2) EL84s power tubes
(2) 12AX7 preamplifier tubes
(1) 5Y3 rectifier tube
8 Ohm output impedance
15 watts Class A power
Vintage power and output transformers
Repurposed steel case

 

 

 

CABINETS

Featuring repurposed wood from original Hammond organs, our cabinets are road worthy and provide a unique decor to your gear.

Cabinet models are available in: 
1x12 40 Watts/8 Ohms
2x10 40 Watts/4/16 Ohms
2x12 80 Watts/4/16 Ohms

 

SCANNER

 We had two goals in mind when building The Scanner: to create the best sounding product available and to manufacture it with repurposed, sustainable materials. The Scanner features an amazing vibrato and reverb sound. We made it out of repurposed vintage vibrato scanners and reverb tanks from unwanted Hammond organs. In short, our endeavor was a success. 

The Scanner's reverb circuit is very simple; hi-fi grade components drive the reverb tank and then mix that signal with the vibrato signal. We also added a foot switch so users can select only reverb, only vibrato, both effects, or the “dry” signal only. 

The top of The Scanner is made from a high-quality, clear, ¼” acrylic material. Additional features include a pad switch on the ¼” input, XLR line input and output jacks, a line output attenuator,  a 4 pin XLR switching jack, and a ¼” TRS input for an expression pedal to control the speed of the unit.The XLR output is constantly present for connection to a recording console and can be used as a D.I. for front of house.

 

MIDI

Utilizing genuine vintage Hammond organ keybeds and drawbars, these instruments provide the original organ experience with none of the logistical drawbacks. The weight has been reduced to one fifth of some original models, making these instruments lighter and smaller than even the sleekest B3 chop. Without the need for constant maintenance such as tube replacement and generator oiling, these instruments are road ready and make the perfect addition to any stage or touring rig.

We have wired the original organ key contact and drawbar infrastructure into a patent pending MIDI interface which works seamlessly with all of the major organ clone software platforms.  With features such as MIDI and USB connectivity, MIDI merge, ¼” jack for Leslie speed control, and ¼ inch jacks for volume and expression pedals, the customizable control options are almost limitless. We have also designed an optional 6 pin 122 or 147 Leslie speaker output to create the rich, classic tone the organ is famous for. 

Lightweight and portable, the Analog Outfitters line of MIDI controllers are the best alternative to a vintage Hammond B3 for those musicians who need a portable MIDI controller.