The BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander endows your cherished vintage tube amps with all the benefits of a modern digital setup. FX loop? Speaker-free reactive loading plus attenuation? Onboard cab sims AND the ability to load your own impulse responses? It's all available in the Waza Tube Amp Expander. Now cranking your Deluxe Reverb to its sweet spot and recording without a mic is possible at comfortable bedroom listening levels. For the stage, the Waza Tube Amp Expander gives you an extra hundred watts of analog Class A/B horsepower to drive an additional cabinet, along with rich onboard stereo FX to really treat that house PA. MIDI control makes the BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander a powerful command center for your MIDI-compatible stomps and footswitches. 10 recallable presets ready the Waza for any amp in your collection.
Whether you rock a Plexi head or combo Champ, if you're a tube enthusiast, you're sure to love all the BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander can do for your setup.
A challenge for any gigging guitarist, regardless of experience, is translating the nuanced response of an amp in a room into a microphone and out to your listeners' ears. With the Waza Tube Amp Expander, outputting your signal in glorious hi-fi is as easy as running a cable to FOH. Balanced XLR outputs give players options for mono or stereo outputs.
Of course, running a direct output from an amp rarely sounds as good as it does filtered through a sweet speaker cabinet. That's why the Waza Tube Amp Expander gives you seven onboard cab emulations and five selectable mic types to virtually manipulate your sound without loss of signal or clarity. One of the Waza Tube Amp Expander's standout features is it allows you store up to four custom speaker impulse responses (IRs) onboard, making this amp companion not just feature packed, but virtually future proof as well.
Unlike other units on the market, the Waza Tube Amp Expander lets you save and recall settings to instantly pair with 10 of your favorite amps.
If you love driving your AC15 at practice levels but find its cleans a bit bottlenecked for larger stages, the BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander gives you an additional hundred watts of transparent, Class A/B cab fuel to drive an additional speaker cabinet without compromising the tone you love.
With the Waza Tube Amp Expander's onboard stereo reverb, compression, delay, and more, you can leave your pedalboard at home and still enjoy all the trappings of the modern performance platform.
Today's players like to run their dirt boxes into the front of their amps and insert time-based effects, such as reverbs and delays, into an effects loop after the preamp stage. The problem for vintage players is, most of our amps don't have native FX loops. The Waza Tube Amp Expander turns the tide by giving your classic amp an FX loop for choosier stomp management and 4-cable floor unit integration.
The BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander makes a full-fledged command center for any advanced stomp setup. MIDI in and out lets you control compatible MIDI effects and footswitches, including the BOSS GA-FC and FS series switches.
USB audio out and editing You can inject premium 32-bit/96kHz audio from your guitar amp directly into your DAW session using the Waza Tube Amp Expander's onboard cab sims and USB connection — no mic or external interface required. This connection doubles a communication port for managing presets within the editor app. Ready your vintage amp for the digital age with the BOSS Waza Tube Amp Expander from Music Experience.
KBringing together a diverse range of professional tone tools for the very first time, the Waza Tube Amp Expander elevates the tube amp experience to a new level of versatility for stage performing and studio recording. This amazing device does it all—it’s a variable reactive load box, active analog power stage, mic’d cab emulator, IR loader, and recording interface, all in one integrated unit that’s road-ready and easy to use. Backed by our advanced Tube Logic approach, you’re able to crank your amp to its sweet spot and play at any volume while faithfully retaining the core tone and feel you love. And with extensive connectivity, built-in BOSS effects, 10 fully customizable rig setups, and deep real-time control, you have unparalleled creative command for any scenario. Packed to the max with breakthrough BOSS innovations, the Waza Tube Amp Expander is an essential companion for every tube amp player.
The Version 2 update brings powerful new DI enhancements to the Waza Tube Amp Expander. Speaker impulse response support has been greatly increased, with the number of user IR slots extended from 4 to 32. More microphone choices are also available for the built-in cabs, including a new ribbon mic type, three dynamic/ribbon mic blends, and two different room mic variations.
Realized with Waza R&D expertise and the ever-evolving Tube Logic approach, the Waza Tube Amp Expander seamlessly complements and extends your tube amp, and all without affecting the tone and response that made you choose it in the first place. The initial concept for this unique device came during the development of the flagship Waza amplifier head. To comprehensively test and refine the amp’s AC power voltage and output circuitry, the BOSS team devised a custom load box with capabilities reaching far beyond those in any commercially available unit. This innovative design performed so successfully that it became the logical foundation for developing a next-generation toolkit for the modern tube amp player.
As a tube amp owner, you know that it sounds and feels best when it’s cranked up loud and really cooking. But if you’re like most of us, it’s a rare pleasure to be able to open up the volume enough to unlock that full expressive potential. Load boxes and volume attenuators driven by a tube amp’s speaker output have attempted to solve this nagging volume issue for years. But while they do lower the volume and provide workable results, they typically introduce artifacts that change the tone, dynamic response, and distortion character, leaving you with an unsatisfying experience. The Waza Tube Amp Expander’s advanced reactive load section completely eliminates these artifacts, allowing you to experience your amp’s true cranked-up sound and interactive feel while controlling the volume to suit any situation. A key feature is the Resonance-Z and Presence-Z panel controls, which optimize the all-important impedance interaction with your amp’s output transformer. Selecting from sixteen different settings, you can make your amp behave and respond exactly as if it were connected to your favorite speaker cab. Any tube guitar amp up to 150 watts is supported, from vintage combos to modern high-gain heads.
Filled with deep control options, the Waza Tube Amp Expander is a dream command center for both stage and studio. Ten different rig setups can be stored in the unit, and each includes your custom effects and EQ settings, cab/IR selections, effects loop on/off, MIDI program change (for controlling external MIDI effects), and amp control status (if you have an amp that supports channel switching). Rigs can be recalled with a panel knob, and additional controls are provided for reverb and other functions. There’s also a Write button for saving minor adjustments in the heat of a gig. Connecting the optional GA-FC foot controller puts full-throttle performance control at your feet. Via a single TRS cable, you have instant access to the 10 rigs, plus real-time control of delay, tap tempo, solo/EQ, effects loop on/off, and amp channel switching. You can even control levels by connecting optional expression pedals to the GA-FC. The Waza Tube Amp Expander also supports FS-series footswitches, plus extensive MIDI control for more advanced setups.
With its built-in effects engine and external effects loop, the Waza Tube Amp Expander brings a wealth of sonic enhancements to your tube amp, particularly if it’s a vintage model with no effects loop. Onboard DSP delivers premium sound quality and true stereo operation with class-leading 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate. Compressor, delay, and reverb effects are on hand, with loads of customizable settings via dedicated editor software. Four different EQs are available for strategically shaping your tone at multiple points in the signal path, and it’s even possible to use one of the EQs as a switchable boost for solos. The external loop offers selectable series or parallel operation, plus support for both line-level devices and standard stompbox effects.
Once you’ve dialed in your amp to the sweet spot, the Waza Tube Amp Expander lets you deliver that glorious sound to multiple destinations at once. With parallel speaker outputs, you can drive up to two stage cabs from the integrated 100-watt Class AB analog power stage. Along with providing smooth, non-stepped level control for any connected amp, this robust power stage also opens up the ability to boost a favorite low-wattage amp to stage-ready volumes. Balanced mono and stereo line outputs include tone shaping from mic’d cab emulation or user IRs, providing ready-to-mix direct signals for the main PA mixer, stage monitors, and recording devices. There’s a USB output as well, offering another direct feed for tracking with your preferred music production software. And with the dedicated phones output, you can practice with great tube tone without disturbing others nearby.
The Waza Tube Amp Expander works great out of the box, but connecting to the dedicated editor software via USB unlocks even further creative potential. First off, you’re able to edit effects and EQs in micro detail. In addition, you can select from 22 different mic’d cabs for the direct outputs, each with your choice of nine adjustable close-mic types plus five room-mic types for adding spaciousness and depth. There are also 32 user slots for loading your go-to speaker IRs if desired. Other tweaks are available too, including MIDI, system parameters, and a loudness contour for big, full tones at whisper-quiet levels. Favorite rig setups can be saved on your computer and organized as Live Sets for different gigs and recording scenarios.
1 x 1/4" (powered signal in), 1 x 1/4" (fx return)
2 x 1/4" (to speaker), 1 x XLR (mono line), 2 x XLR (L/R line), 1 x 1/4" (fx send)
||2 x 1/4" (foot control), 1 x 1/4" (amp control), 1 x USB Type B|
1 x 1/4"
Standard IEC AC cable
|Footswitch Included||No (GA-FC Recommended)|
|Computer Connectivity||1 x USB Type B|
||BOSS Tone Studio|
|Manufacturer Part Number||WAZA-TAE|