1984 ROCKMAN BASS Tom Scholz Bass Headphone Amp & Stereo Headset Effects Originals with ROCKADAPTOR 220Volts
The Bass Rockman is a genuine stereo professional product with amazing features for its size:
If Boston is the band that has created the Adult Oriented
Rock sound, the Rockman is the device that enabled creating the guitar sound of
the eighties. From Sports by Huye Lewis - as soon as 1983 - to Satriani's Surfin'
with the Alien via ZZ Top (Eliminator, Recycler, etc...) and Don Henley's
"Building the perfect beast", the Rockman sound was omnipresent throughout the
whole decade.This black box was a real revolution. Considered now as the
ancester of the modern digital multieffects, the Rockman was much more than a
portable practice amp. It was, more than anything else, the first amp simulator
ever made available as a commercial product.
When Tom Scholz has created the Rockman, he had two different objectives in mind:
Create a device that would allow him record Boston's music without the huge and cumbersome tube Marshall stacks: an amp simulator
Create a commercial product for his young company, Scholz Research & Development: a headphones amp
The first SR&D product, the Power Soak, was a honourable success. Its nature (a professional tool) was not suitable for a wide distribution to the end-consumers.
The Rockman was launched in 1982: it was an instant hit. In 1982, there was no homestudios, no DAW's, and playing DI through the band mixer was too exotic for a majority of guitarists. So the Rockman was completed by a fancy accessory: headphones! The name itself, Rockman, was based on Sony's Walkman ®, and a set of headphones was actually the most convenient way to provide quality stereo sound.
Stereo was a fantastic and really new feature. Today, in 2008, we have forgotten what mono was: only old chaps like me remember the mono record players and tape recorders we used in the seventies! The younger generations don't even know that there was mono AM radio before the stereo FM they are used to...
Ahead of its time? No. The Rockman was right on time, and arrived exactly when the market needed such a tool. That's the key factor of all the success stories... http://www.rockman.fr/Reviews/Rockman.htm