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#21 chuskey

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:22 PM

I used to use mostly the jumbo model, but lately I've been gravitating towards the dreadnought.  I think they both have their uses.  Sometimes I'll play chords with one and lead lines with the other.  

 

To me the key is how the patch is setup on the HD500.  Without the right amount of compression and EQ they're all going to sound kinda flat.  I've gotten really good results with the JTV/HD500.  To the point I sold my Variax 700 acoustic guitar because I no longer needed it.  

 

I played at church yesterday and there were 3 other acoustic guitars on the stage.  There was one song where they needed some lead acoustic work and electric in the latter half of the song.  Through the pa I felt that the Line 6 equipment had the bast acoustic sound up there.  Not saying the other guitars sounded bad at all, just thbh e Variax had something extra.  Several people, including some of the other acoustic guys on stage were very interested in how I was getting that sound from an electric guitar. 

 

Being able to go from full acoustic rig to full electric rig with the touch of a button is awesome.  Not to mention it's changing the selected guitar and change the tuning.  Brilliant! 

 

attached one of the acoustic patches that I've done.  I did tweek the eq some yesterday because the room was bright and not getting a lot of low end.  So if it sounds a little dark you may have to adjust it.  

 

Here's a video I did in my studio a few weeks ago.  This a chilled out little acoustic looping improve.  My signal is going VDI cable from the JTV to the 500 . The stereo outputs are run to the stereo inputs of a Digitech Jamman.  From there the audio gets fed into Ableton Live that was just used to capture audio in this case.  

 

 

Honestly playing acoustic on the JTV is almost as fun as playing electric :)


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:56 PM

+1 for the usage of a Compressor and some EQ-ing.

 

Acoustics sounds are more challenging to me than E-guitar sound, because of their more complex frequencies and the various playing styles.

 

The Acoustic sounds may need different EQ-ing when playing:

 

- open position

- Alternate tuning

- finger picking

- strumming with pick

 

For gigging, I often cut frequencies lower than 80Hz (-12) and increase at 1.1KHz  and 2.2 KHz a bit.

 

I prefer using the VETTA COMP with SENS = 33% and LEVEL = around 70% as the very first effect in the signal chain.

 

I think everyone needs to fiddle a bit around to adapt it to the audio system and to the room the Acoustic sound is played.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:26 AM

For gigging, I often cut frequencies lower than 80Hz (-12) and increase at 1.1KHz  and 2.2 KHz a bit.

 

I prefer using the VETTA COMP with SENS = 33% and LEVEL = around 70% as the very first effect in the signal chain.

 

That's interesting because I always put the EQ first followed by the compressor which tends to be the valve comp. My thought was that compressing before eq would mean that the unwanted frequencies would dominate the comp input, but having heard the sound you are getting I might try reversing them - the eq was only the low end cut  to reduce the boominess when strumming so a little mid boost might work nicely.

 

That said I was complimented for the "great sound" on our very first gig at a musicians only jam nite.

 

My selection varies - mainly 5 for 6 string and 4 for 12 string, but I do use 3 when it is right for the song - for example we play Aqualung and with a 3rd fret capo it does the acoustic guitar perfectly


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

That's interesting because I always put the EQ first followed by the compressor which tends to be the valve comp. My thought was that compressing before eq would mean that the unwanted frequencies would dominate the comp input, but having heard the sound you are getting I might try reversing them - the eq was only the low end cut  to reduce the boominess when strumming so a little mid boost might work nicely.

 

I think your first idea was the most technically sound approach.  If you have excessive boominess on the bottom end, that's just going to make the compressor pump more if it's first in the chain.  I've always regarded "EQ and filtering before compression" as the Golden Rule.  Not to say that good sounds can't be made by doing otherwise, just that there are technical reasons suggesting against them.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:02 AM

Hi Rewolf48,

 

(5) for 6-string and (4) for 12-string is exactly what I mostly prefer at the moment too.

 

Regarding compressors:

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Place Compressors pretty early in a signal chain - for Acoustic and e-guitar sounds. Honestly speaking I am not sure whether this is "right". But at least to my ears it sounds "right" :D

 

Would be great, if other users chime what compressors they use for Acoustics, what parameters they are setting and how they place a compressor in their signal chain.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

Tube comp after mixer
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

Hi Rewolf48,

 

(5) for 6-string and (4) for 12-string is exactly what I mostly prefer at the moment too.

 

Regarding compressors:

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Place Compressors pretty early in a signal chain - for Acoustic and e-guitar sounds. Honestly speaking I am not sure whether this is "right". But at least to my ears it sounds "right" :D

 

Would be great, if other users chime what compressors they use for Acoustics, what parameters they are setting and how they place a compressor in their signal chain.

Well that's the point of this thread. :) or at least what I hope when I started it. Share what is working for you. :)


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:41 PM

I really don t like of martin 1 and 3, I never use
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:02 AM

Haven't had a chance to practice since yesterday, but will get some time in before rehearsal tomorrow (unfortunately the songs we are concentrating on require me to play keyboards).  Will have a play with the eq and compression if I have time.

 

Just a little expansion of the discussion here, but:

 

-> what mic position (tone knob) do people use?

 

-> do you have any tricks to change the sound that are perhaps a bit different from the norm?

 

To give you an example of the latter with the acoustics I will generally strum and play arpeggios close to the neck, but when I want clearly articulated single notes I will play right by the bridge - not something that you would do with an acoustic, but it works very nicely with the JTV piezos. This is when I want to cut through while other instruments are playing rather than something I do if I am the solo instrument.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:53 AM

Personnaly I haven't started yet to touch that knob. This is so much parameter to play with with eq's and comp. +1 But it's a good point cause since the guitar is the 1st in the chain it can be the most important parameter. I only know that by default the know is not at 100%.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:12 AM

I used to think the same thing, only the Gibson and Guild 12 were usable.  However, I just bought the L2t and I love all my acoustics.  IMHO, anyone bought into modeling (ie PODs) trying to play through a guitar amp is missing the boat.  Play through a true FRFR like the L2t and get your socks knocked off.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:05 AM

My Acoustic patch is the Martin D-28 (selector closest to the bridge) with the tone knob (mic position) at 50%...love how the HD500 saves the tone knob setting.

 

My wife prefers the sound of the Gibson (neck position) though.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:13 PM

All sounds great, except the 12s...As zap said earlier , some ppl like the non HD acoustics (1.72 and bellow). Count me in.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

you guys already tried to take the martin 12 and turn into 6 on WB? I did, and was very good, was at the same level of quality of jumbo (5), which in my opinion is the only usable live,  (3) is too bad I guess,


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:34 AM

I used to use mostly the jumbo model, but lately I've been gravitating towards the dreadnought.  I think they both have their uses.  Sometimes I'll play chords with one and lead lines with the other.  

 

To me the key is how the patch is setup on the HD500.  Without the right amount of compression and EQ they're all going to sound kinda flat.  I've gotten really good results with the JTV/HD500.  To the point I sold my Variax 700 acoustic guitar because I no longer needed it.  

 

I played at church yesterday and there were 3 other acoustic guitars on the stage.  There was one song where they needed some lead acoustic work and electric in the latter half of the song.  Through the pa I felt that the Line 6 equipment had the bast acoustic sound up there.  Not saying the other guitars sounded bad at all, just thbh e Variax had something extra.  Several people, including some of the other acoustic guys on stage were very interested in how I was getting that sound from an electric guitar. 

 

Being able to go from full acoustic rig to full electric rig with the touch of a button is awesome.  Not to mention it's changing the selected guitar and change the tuning.  Brilliant! 

 

attached one of the acoustic patches that I've done.  I did tweek the eq some yesterday because the room was bright and not getting a lot of low end.  So if it sounds a little dark you may have to adjust it.  

 

Here's a video I did in my studio a few weeks ago.  This a chilled out little acoustic looping improve.  My signal is going VDI cable from the JTV to the 500 . The stereo outputs are run to the stereo inputs of a Digitech Jamman.  From there the audio gets fed into Ableton Live that was just used to capture audio in this case.  

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=LanYate4obo

 

Honestly playing acoustic on the JTV is almost as fun as playing electric :)

Chuskey,

 

    Really nice groove & nice acoustic tone! Lovin it!  :D  I am new to both the JTV-59 & HD500X and am doing some experimenting on how to get a good acoustic tone from the combo. Did I notice you using a JamMan looper in the video? How do you like that looper? I have just started to play with the HD500X looper, and it is really a gas to be able to loop something & play against it. I don't know what the true capabilities of the built-in looper are yet, but definitely ran up against it's recording time limits when playing with it. I may have to get a dedicated looper as some point.

 

Thanks for posting your video!

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:53 AM

Chuskey,

 

    Really nice groove & nice acoustic tone! Lovin it!  :D  I am new to both the JTV-59 & HD500X and am doing some experimenting on how to get a good acoustic tone from the combo. Did I notice you using a JamMan looper in the video? How do you like that looper? I have just started to play with the HD500X looper, and it is really a gas to be able to loop something & play against it. I don't know what the true capabilities of the built-in looper are yet, but definitely ran up against it's recording time limits when playing with it. I may have to get a dedicated looper as some point.

 

Thanks for posting your video!

Cheers

B)

Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed the video!

 

That is a Jamman Stereo that I'm using in the video.  There were a few reasons that I added the Jamman instead of just using the built in looper.  

 

Obviously having extended recording time is a major plus, as well as being able to add an SD card.  

 

Also you can store loops.  I have some instrumental tunes that I've recorded in the studio.  It's cool to be able to load the tracks without lead guitar on them and be able to jam with them live if I'm not playing with a band.  

 

One last advantage, and this one to me is a big deal, is that you can set loops to fade out rather than stop abruptly.  I hate creating an increasingly intricate loop and then getting to the end and just killing it.  I much prefer being able to fade out loops if I'm doing live improv stuff.  

 

The HD500 looper is still fun, and I still use it.  Sometimes if I just want a quick part, and sometimes I'll layer quick bits on top of what the Jamman is looping.  So it gives me the ability to have 2 separate loops.  Not as effective as what the Boss RC-50 type loopers can do, but still pretty flexible.  

 

Congrats on getting setup with the JTV and 500X.  They are great pieces of guitar and work so well together.  When I was playing music full time about 10 years ago I carried 4-5 guitars, a Marshall half stack, and a pedal board so big and heavy I had to put wheels on it just to keep from killing my back moving it around.  The JTV and HD500 would have pretty much replaced all of that with 2 pieces of gear and I could run straight to the PA.  Oh how I wish this gear would have been around back then :)

 

I still love guitars and gear, but for when I go out to play or track in the studio the convenience of the Dream Rig, for me, trumps any of it's shortcomings.  


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