Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
The Blackfacde Double Nrm is indeed the cleanest model. I'd try putting the tube compressor (or other compressor model like the Vetta) either in front of it, or perhaps after it in order to fatten-up the sound. Also, don't be afraid to bump the mids.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 10:14 AM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
I find the Hiway 100 can be really clean too. I like it with Master at 100% (the Amp parameter - not device Master), Bias at about 90%, Ch Vol at 100%, then increase the Drive to generate sufficient overall volume without adding dirt/grit. Play around with those four controls to get your preferred blend of clean and volume.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 11:22 AM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
Thanks guys. Gregr I am little hesitant to bump up the mids. Just because I tried doing that and it seemed a little more sterile. When I scooped the mids a little it helped some what. Yeah I will give a go at the tube compressor tonight and see how goes. (Any recommended settings for the tube comp? Sorry just a noob with compressors. I never reeally used them before other then ages ago with the comp/sustainer pedal going analogue)
Thx Silverhead I will try the Hiwatt tonight as well. I do that same trick (well dunno if ya wanna call it a trick LOL) with setting the amp channel volume at 100 and then using the gain to increase the overall volume.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 1:04 PM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
The Blackface Double is very dynamic and still stings a bit even in the normal channel, which is why I recommended bumping the mids (or at least dropping the treble and presence relative to the mids) and using a compressor.
The Hiwatt sounds like a great idea. I personally like the J-45, but it's not super-clean. Also, I typically only use preamp models, so my exploration doesn't really go all that deep. Of the preamp-only models, the Dr. Z can be quite clean yet full. Anyway, silverhead's advice should work well with most models. Upping the bias reduces the amount of cross-over distortion, lessening the amount of odd-order harmonics relative to the even ones. This makes the sound thicker/fatter/warmer/darker.
The settings on the compressor models vary, but you basically want to start out with either a high threshold or low sensitivity and then work from there, adjusting the levels to maintain a consistent volume. I chose the tube or Vetta because they are both very clean-sounding. Each has a fixed compression ratio, neither of which is terribly aggressive, so you're basically adjusting the point at which the compression begins. The blue comp gives additional control, but I find it to be a bit too much even with the most conservative settings. The same holds with the others, thought the Boost Comp is a bit of an oddball. The cool thing about placing the compressor after the amp model is that the volume control can now be used to help dial how much of the signal gets compressed.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 10:05 PM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
Just to add my 2 cents, I'd use "no amp" using a the tube compressor and some EQ'ing. If that was too sterile sounding, I'd set up a dual amp with "no amp" on one side and BF double nrm on the other - play with each channel's volume to get the sound you want. And turn up the bias on the BF double.
also use a bit of chorus and reverb.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2011 11:15 PM (in response to sean106ESP)Re: Cleanest amp head sim or JC-120 "like" head
Check this patch out: