NAMM 2015 – Laney IRT-Pulse guitar tube interface

At the heart of your tone

Laney’s Ironheart series has been well received so far, especially in the Rock/Metal scene with artists like Joel Stroetzel, Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage), John Browne (Monuments) and many others. The british manufacturer combines awesome sounding multi-channel amplifiers with innovative features and consistent quality in a price range where others still struggle. The Ironheart IRT-Studio with its USB connectivity and reamping features is an absolute no-brainer for the price of 499€.

The new IRT-Pulse is a tool for many purposes

The compact IRT-Pulse connects directly to your DAW via USB and serves as a recording preamp with Ironheart tone, but also offers a reamping function. The headphone jack makes it a perfect practicing tool for the road and thanks to the Aux input, you can jam to your favorite tracks or playback songs.

But the ECC83-equipped tube preamp can also be used as a high-end boost in front of your amplifier, due to a switchable bypass function. But what if you cannot bring your full rig with you? Well, the IRT-Pulse also connects directly to the PA system with an improved loudspeaker simulation, which can also be turned off if you plan to work with an external emulation device.

Minimal, but efficient controls

Apart from gain and volume controls, the IRT-Pulse holds an EQ switch, a Dark & Bright option and a “Hot” switch to boost the amount of gain. An internal high-voltage power supply with 300 volts provides enough juice for the two ECC83 preamp tubes. Included in the package an external power supply.


  • Dual High-Voltage ECC83 tube preamp
  • Ironheart tone
  • Reamping function
  • for studio and live applications
  • USB connectivity straight into your DAW
  • switchable cabinet simulation
  • headphone jack with volume control
  • aux input
  • footswitchable bypass
  • iso-buffered
  • controls: Gain, Volume, Hi/Lo Gain, Dark/Bright, EQ preshape, emulation

Approximate street price for the IRT-Pulse is targeted at 249€. Here’s the official Laney promo video:

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