The HT Stage is a highly versatile amplifier suited to a wide range of playing styles and situations.
The Clean Channel has two modes, ?boutique' and ?modern' and its own Bass and Treble tone controls providing the widest possible range of clean tones. The Voice switch reconfigures both the preamplifier voicing and gain structure, and also the power amplifier damping to reproduce either ringing Class A performance in the ?boutique' mode, or very clean and tight Class AB tones in the ?modern' setting.
The HT Stage has two overdrive channels which share a common EQ section and like the Clean Channel, each of the overdrive channels have Voice switches which allow the character of each channel to be changed, providing a broad palette of overdriven tones.
The overdrive channels are characterized by a tone, which is high in gain, but lacks any of the detached top-end ?fizz' often found in similar designs. This is a result of unique preamplifier and power amplifier shaping techniques, which also benefit the player in the way the overdrives clean up beautifully as the guitar volume is reduced.
Even at the most extreme settings, the overdrive channels remain natural sounding. The Patent-Applied-For ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control is unique to Blackstar Amplification and represents a major step forward in tone shaping flexibility. The ISF control shifts the response of the three-control tone stack between a US type response at one end, and at the other a UK type response. Importantly, in between the two extremes, lie an infinite number of alternative tone choices that would be otherwise unavailable.
The amplifier also features a completely natural sounding digital reverb, which is outstandingly musical on both clean and crunch tones and raises the benchmark for guitar amplifier specific reverb design. A Dark/Bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified to suit different tastes and playing styles.