Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2010 5:37 AM (in response to V-TYPE)Re: Lets discuss your takes on each of the amp/effect models in MK I
Well I have a different outlook on this. I've never concerned myself with how accurate it modeled what it's supposed to. Not even when I used only the POD as my main rig. I've always been more concerned about what I could do with it. When I first got the SV, I had a hard choosing an amp model. They all sounded really good. I play in an original hard rock/metal band. I use only 4 channels and 2 amp models. 1A is Metal Amber, 1B is Clean Blue, 1C is B with Tremelo on, and 1D is B with the Phaser on.
The effects really aren't bad, there just isn't enough control over them. I use a M13 with my SV, but still use some of the onboard effects. I was using the SV for Reverb, but recently switched to the M13's Reverb. I have a song where I have to jump from Dist to Clean with Tremelo and one where I have to go from Dist to Clean with Phaser, which why I have channels set up the way they are. My 1B has Chorus that's not on, I'll that Chorus here and there. If the SV had MIDI I'd use the M13 for all my effects. Speaking of MIDI, if the SV had MIDI I'd use the M13 for all switching and not use the Shortboard. I have the Shortboard, M13, Exp pedal for M13, EH Bassballs and Dunlop 535Q on the floor. It would be nice to lose the Shortboard. All that being said I could easily do a gig with just my Shortboard and no outboard effects.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2010 11:36 PM (in response to sofnwhat)Re: Lets discuss your takes on each of the amp/effect models in MK I
Thanks for the setup info.
You really have it down imo.
I find that I dont use effects in any songs gain parts other than maybe a slight "wettening" when talking Phase,Chorus ,Flange or Tremolo or the hidden uvibe model.
Ive also found the Amber Metal channel too be quite pleasant and diverse for getting my Marshall like gains as well as my Recto like tones,etcc.
Between its gain structure at differing levels and its combined effect with the Presence and Master volumes Im really getting 2-3 VG and differing sounds out of the same amp model.
Im a bit disappointed with the noise gate. It engages but doesnt work all that well with higher gain or certain models but I do run a Dimarzio Super D and a Hot Duncan Custom Custom as well.
My bud thinks I should run an XT or X3 Live into the power amp but I really dont think for me thats really needed.
Have you had experience with either?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2010 5:23 AM (in response to V-TYPE)Re: Lets discuss your takes on each of the amp/effect models in MK I
I forgot about the noise gate, it's sucks. I do have an X3L and I did try running it through the power amp in. It sounded good, like I expected it to. I do prefer the SV's tone over the X3. The SV are rawer. The X3 tone has more of a polished studio feel to them. Before I got my SV my rig was the X3L stereo into a Carvin TS100 tube power amp, to a BBE Sonic Maximizer, to 2 4X12 cabs. Awesome, big tone but I like my setup now better. Oh when running my X3 through the SV, I couldn't get it to where I liked until I threw the BBE in the mix.
I think you just need to get something for effects to go with your SV. There are several units out there, just make sure it has an effects loop so you can 4CM it to the SV. My biggest gripe about the XTL and X3L where that the effects weren't that great. I've always like the amp models which are more important, but the effect are lacking. That why I was skeptical of the M13 at 1st, but I was wrong. The same effect like the Tron Up which is on both the POD and M13, sound nothing remotely the same. The Distortion Stomps on the POD were a waste to me. They all sounded thin and tinty. On the M13 I could use one of them with a clean patch on the SV and Dist tone that I'd be hpppy with.