...Does anyone have any experience/insight on this matter? Is there a way to get the desired sound of "input 1-guitar input 2-variax" without having the drop in dB?...
Hello, I've done a lot of research on this topic and I've written and published several posts on this subject, and I also recorded several audio demos using the single input approach ..
for me it is absolutely the best method ..
what you have already chosen is the right way to follow if you are interested in the following things:
- perception of the real high definition of all the models
- balanced and realistic response in the different frequency ranges: bass mid treble presence
- response of the drive and of the other controls more or less identical to that of the real objects modeled
- be able to get clean or definited crunch sounds with some models with whom otherwise would not be possible, and instead it should be, for example with the Vox AC 15
- very low noise
- the absence of possible digital clipping
- no unwanted exaggerated compression
- sound quality of the models comparable to the 11R and the Axe-Fx
- very sensitive response to the touch
IMHO the default setting of the inputs (I believe unintentionally) is not a good way to boost the input sound level, is a bit like a singer singing in 2 microphones, and sending both signals in the same channel of the mixer.. would you do that?.. not me for sure
to compensate the output volume drop in the single input approach, there are some good and controllable ways:
- turning up the amp model output volume
- putting the pan controls to center
- raising the levels of A and B in the mixer block
to boost instead the input level and therefore affecting in a controllable way the response of the subseguent models you can use:
- EQ FXs
IMO all the described solutions above here are much better than leaving the default inputs setting
I hope I was helpful