Obeid Khan, founder of Khan Audio has been building high quality recording audio devices since 1991. Throughout the years of his career as a guitar amplifier designer, Obeid has always had an appreciation for the recording medium and its tools. His love for music and the finest audio reproduction is displayed with the launch of Khan Audio.
The Khan philosophy is simple. Short pure signal paths, useful feature set, sound character and classy ergonomic design are what comprise every Khan Audio product. Each device is unique in its function, yet has multiple uses and applications. Innovative ideas and new arrangements are the norm here, as Obeid is continually developing something new and different. Look for the new OKTL DI release coming soon, the worlds first and only Octal based tube DI box.
This philosophy has been exemplified in Obeid’s career through his guitar amp designs for Crate and Ampeg during the years 1991-2007 at St Louis Music. The Crate Vintage Club series was the first Crate all tube amplifier that broke the paradigm. It was built under strict cost constraints, but Obeid was able to design an incredible sounding amplifier that has arguably become a “classic”. Players could not believe that a Crate amplifier could sound and look that good. The Vintage Club remained in production untill 1999 when it was replaced with the V series.
Other successful designs followed, such as the Ampeg Jet and Reverbrocket and the reissue of the B-15 portaflex amplifier, which was designed in conjunction with Jess Oliver. The V series was another highly successful redesign of the original Vintage Club and gained the attention of artists such as Billy Gibbons and Joe Walsh.
The Ampeg SVTDI and SVTMP were Obeid’s “pet” projects that made it to production. These products have also garnered “cult” status among professional sound reinforcement and recording engineers.
Some other audio products during the SLM days include the 2242 microphone preamp and the KEQ-1. The 2242 is a discrete transistor, transformer coupled, Class A design with a quick, clear and focused sound. The compact 1 RU case and internal power supply make it a perfect fit into your rack arsenal of goodies. The K-EQ1 dual mono program equalizer consists of the high and low bands of a classic Pultec EQP-1 as well as a mid dip section based on the MEQ-5 and a HPF section. Satisfied customers include Clayton Studios, Four Season Media Productions, The Jam Room Studio and many others. The 2242 and the KEQ-1 are both available on a custom basis only, call or email for details.
Obeid was also head designer at Reason Amplifier Company. He developed the Stack Mode concept where 2 vintage voiced channels are combined to give a 3rd high gain sound. Players can enjoy the vintage voicing of classic amplifier designs, and also relish in high gain territory all in one amplifier. He also developed the highly acclaimed Bambino series using a pair of NOS 6AQ5 beam power tubes. An often overlooked, yet plentiful tube, Obeid utilized these tiny gem bottles in an 8 watt push pull design that broke new ground for the “Boutique” amplifier market. The Bambino is the best sounding, most versatile and useful low wattage amp made. Check out the Bambino development blog here.
The Khan Audio VTDI and VTMP are 2 of the more recent creations from Obeid’s workshop. Power supplies, audio transformers and passive componentry have been finely tweaked over the old Ampeg SVTDI and SVTMP units. All tubes are subjected to a screening process that ensures the products will continue to perform at their best for years. This results in lower noise, higher signal levels and better transient response while retaining the original tone and quality of sound. Check out the product pages for the VTDI and VTMP.
Obeid’s latest creation with Khan Audio is the Pak Amp. A true wonder of power, boutique and classic tone, ALL TUBE amplifier with a tiny, tiny footprint. Debuted at the 2017 NAMM show it is making serious ripples through the industry!