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About BinaryRhyme

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    Jack of Arts - Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Sound Engineer, Writer, Actor, Theatrical Designer, Painter, Photographer, yada yada.
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  1. To clarify, I recently ran a set of tests to understand the dynamic range of my Strat (HSS American Elite, run through a Helix test patch). Here are my tests on the basic input from the guitar to the Helix, metered by the X32. X32R (mixer) Helix input Channel Gain (on the X32r channel) +30 db Helix - volume at 12 oclock, mic level output Config 1 - No amp, cab or effects. Config 2 - HiWatt amp and cab Test 1 - single note riffs Test 2 - strummed 6 string A barre Strat Soft: Pos SS, Vol 7, Tone 6, 6 Strat Loud: H bypass SS C1 T1 (-45 to -35 db) SS C1 T2 (-32.5 db) H C1 T1 (-20db) H C1 T2 (-15db)
  2. In my experience, as I've been the lollipop on the sound board wanting the guitarist to "turn it down" as well as the guy on stage wanting to "turn it up" - the primary issues revolve around tone, volume and perception. A sound guy on the board is trying to balance the mix, and while there are lots of things to think about, on-stage volume is usually the socially limiting issue, lol. Technically, from that perspective, it is the primary limitation to serving up a great FOH mix. (Balancing on-stage volume from amps and monitors vs a truly isolated house mix). From a guitar tone perspective, gain is important. It affects the effects and amp, and you want the amp to respond to nuance in your performance - you want "clean," "crunch," and "scream" as near at hand as possible - but sometimes those tones are background, sometimes they are foreground. That is where "perception" comes in. Sometimes you want to growl in the background. ... which really makes it obvious, if you think about it, that tone and volume should be independent. A screaming, dirty overdrive need not be loud, and a clean jazz tone need not be quiet. Hence my thinking on framing the references around four basic parameters (to start, at least) - input low (S - single coil), input high (H - humbucker) and output low (bg - background) and output high (l - lead).
  3. I'm currently working on this issue myself, and as I am equal parts sound engineer and guitarist, I am thinking I will create a "reference" patch or two, based off the factory presets, specifically to be used as gain staging references. There are a lot of issues related to this - 1) input / pre-amp gain - I drive an HSS strat, and the input gain levels can really jump around, lol - but input gain drives tonal color and distortion from the amps. I'm thinking on the input side there might be an H and S standard reference input gain (on my strat, I get roughly a 30db difference from my fave clean / light setting to the "passing lane" which lets the shawbucker loose. It takes some managing, lol. I suspect on the output side, there are two references as well - background and lead. How loud should the ultimate output be for background playing and lead playing. Of course, db is always relative, so if you want to be precise, there should be a reference input audio as well - pink noise methinks. Just a quick thinky thinky. Let me know what your thoughts are.
  4. I dropped a comment. Thanks for the link. :)
  5. I don't suppose there is any way to assign the USB In 1/2 Trim to an expression controller? :)
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