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  1. rvroberts

    Samba Pa Ti Amp

    That's the original record sound - not the one in the clip - no Wah there - just tone knob!
  2. rvroberts

    Samba Pa Ti Amp

    Upon second listening - I've realised the "hollow" sound is a half cocked Wah - it's just sitting about the middle. You will need to fiddle around with position - don't know what model to use - but I'm pretty sure what's the hollow EQ.
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    Samba Pa Ti Amp

    I can get a very similar sound out of a number of the amps. This is because this type of sound is as much about how you play the amp as it is about that amp itself. Take a small fender say and turn it up maybe almost full. (the Stoneage - which is actually an old Gibson I think - works too) Regularly that also meant turning all the tones up full too - use some common sense here - but you need to push the amp into more gain than you need. Then back off your guitar volume knob till you have the lower drive and clarity you hear here. The amp needs to have lots of gain in reserve. Use the bridge pickup on a humbucking guitar and turn the tone down till you still have enough top, but a more mellow overall tone. Now you will be in the ballpark. Santana is riding his volume knob for both clarity, sustain and subtleness. So he's playing the amp as much as the guitar. Believe he used SG's around then. The story is it's a Twin Reverb - but probably modified. (people recorded with bigger amps then to get extra sustain and controlled feedback) The Twin model in the Helix has way too much headroom for this type of sound - as do most twins - but something tweed should be OK. There is a certain hollowness in there - that might be about the speaker and micing too. One of his SG's had P90s.............that might make that difference. An EQ after the amp should let you tweak to a very close match - obviously a little reverb after all that too. Here he is doing it recently - a bit different - but using the same tricks. You'll notice his volume on the guitar is so low he actually sometimes is pretty much off!
  4. So how are you connecting it? Are you using the audio out of the synth into the guitar in? Or are you thinking it might connect over USB? - probably not! Use the audio approach - you probably need to set the input level on the stomp to line. Then you go synth to stomp to amp. Should be fine (assuming both devices work and you have a few decent audio cables!!??). Plenty of other people doing it.
  5. I've got both a strat - well a few - and a PRS CE. I get tones with the CE that I love better than the strats. Obviously it all depends what you are after, but a Litigator running down around 1 on the gain gives me a totally transparent clean - push it up to about 1.7 or so and the volume on the guitar lets me move from gentle drive to clean and back with nice touch control. Different cabs vary the thing a bit - but even greenbacks sound nice. I'm wondering if you have the basics set up well? The standard high and low cuts. I'm often got my high cut down around 6K and still getting articulate "HiFi" cleans. You do need those cuts or any distortion on any device sounds harsh. Finally, if you see all the stuff on great sounds by other people, and what you hear sounds good to you too - you have to figure you are doing something wrong?
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    Reverb Models

    Have you checked all the legacy reverbs?
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    HX Effects and FRFR

    I think your connections are fine - but does this rig really make sense? You have a booster - maybe you already own it? But in the HXFX you have a number of options to do exactly the same thing and you can place them in any order you like. Then you are amp modelling with the NUX unit? It is a full effects unit and includes a pedal that would end up in a pretty bad point in the chain for anything but volume. (maybe delay swells too...) So there is a lot of double up. Secondly, I'm suspicious that the NUX is not really at the level of your other components. So if you somehow end up with this collection of bits and you want to connect them - sure - this is going to work - but if you were thinking of buying the lot to make your "dream" rig. I'd be definitely looking at some great amp sim units not the NUX. Of just go Helix floor/LT/PodGo...... There are some great amp sim pedals out there - yes, they cost more than the NUX, but not much more than the nux + the boost - and I just don't see you needing that boost.
  8. What has been said above is correct, but there's very likely more! The Helix patches are intended to be a simulation of an amp and a speaker cab - with or without effects. If you use a conventional guitar amp, you can only use the Helix as a fancy effects pedal. You need to turn off any amp and cabinet modelling. That's because guitar amps have very limited frequency response - because that's what makes guitars sound good. And then the guitar cab also has limited frequency response - again to make guitars sound great. So you don't want to feed a sound that was intended for a very HiFi output ( a Helix patch intended to go to FRFR systems) into a guitar amp - that's because all that frequency limiting and sculpting has already been done in the Helix in the Amp and Cab simulation. If you feed that into a normal guitar amp, it's going to do all that again - but by now, you've pulled far too much out of the guitar sound - and it sounds extremely dull. The amp you are using is generally intended to have a batch of preamp modules so it can sound like any amp - I don't know if connecting the Helix direct to the power amp is possible? Even if it is, there's no guarantee it's not adding a batch of EQ anyhow, If you can feed some music you know well into it, see how that sounds - is it getting squashed in frequency? I'd expect so. If that's the case, you setup might not be the greatest platform for the Helix. It is probably totally possible to get great sounds out of it, but to some degree you are on your own! Yes, try it with no amp sims and no cabs (for sure - you are using a guitar cab!!) and see hows you go - just use simple effects chains to start with. You might find Helix preamps will work just like the preamp modules designed for the system.................but you might not - we'd need to really know what's going on in these synergy amps. You will need to experiment. If doing a simple patch with guitar into a preamp and straight out to the poweramp starts to sound sensible then you can no doubt use the Helix with effects and preamps - but guitar amps and cabs are to be avoided.
  9. If you describe what you are doing correctly, you are actually running one amp into the other? In the real world when you want 2 amps, you run them independently - that is one into its own speakers and the other into its own speakers. You can't actually run one amp directly into the other without blowing them up! So typically in Helix land, you need parallel paths. DSP can get in the way here - so often (depending on how complex your effects chain is and the particular amps) you need to put one amp on each path and send both to output individually. It is not normally the case that you would feed the output of one amp into the input of another. Dual amps are not normally connected to each other - even if Helix makes it possible. Dual amp rigs might have a batch of effects before the split to the 2 amps - but from there on you keep them seperate. Some people have used a preamp as a kind of valve overdrive in front of another amp - but not one amp into another. You can feed the result into your FRFR - no problem! You would do that to say mix 2 different amp overdrives. I've done it where one amp is reasonably clean and the other heavily driven. You don't need 2 FRFRs, although if you really want to experience a double amp rig, it would be necessary to have 2 FRFR boxes. Hope that make sense to you?
  10. When you play through an amp, you are playing through a device designed to take the output of an electric guitar and make it sound good. When you play through FRFR, you are playing through a system that is designed to deliver a full audio spectrum. A guitar amp and a speaker designed for guitar is a very different thing. Guitars sound good where most of the frequencies are limited to say (depending on the particular amp) 100Hz to say 5KHx. The FRFR system is probably trying to deliver say 40Hz to 20kHz. Not only that but the FRFR system is trying to be as flat as possible over that range, the guitar amp will have a tendency to be mid heavy. As you can see, this is because a limited frequently range with a mid bump makes guitars sound good. Even what we describe as a glassy Strat sound has little need for anything above 5.5K. Traditional recorded guitar is a mic (also with noticeable bass roll off and limited high end) on a guitar amp. Not slightly FRFR. So why bother with FRFR? Well if you want to reproduce as accurately as possible different guitar amps, pedals etc, you need a system that itself is not colouring the sound. What a lot of people struggle with is that in order to get a great guitar sound, they will need to throw away a lot of the potential frequency range available. Distortion that sounds musical does no have any high frequency. Guitar amps sort that because they have limited frequently response, FRFR systems require you to make that sort of decision. Every time you hear someone complain that the Helix distortion is harsh, you can pretty much guarantee they need to EQ their total range to get back that guitar amp limitation. Hope that helps.
  11. If you go down the monitor path (HS7s) - get a pair. First stereo is a lot of fun for delays etc, but you then have great stereo system ans surely you play along with backing tracks and listen to music in general? So why not have a good sound system not just a guitar speaker?
  12. Well at home I use my studio monitors - basically upmarket stereo speakers - and it's pretty good. If you want a box that does the job for home and even a not too loud gig, there is the Headrush FRFR-108. From all reports it's good. But you can make anything that's kind of flat response do well at home volumes. You just need to adjust the global EQ to match the particular speakers.
  13. Well, how loud do you play? If you want something that can get levels similar to a 50W guitar amp through 2x12 - you should be fine. If you need to compete with 100w Marshall stacks at full tilt - you might need 2. And then you got stereo!
  14. Well to start with - what piece of software did this come form?
  15. It just depends on your brainspace - I only use the editor - but I know some people refuse to do that. I like that you can see it all on the screen.
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