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Posts posted by FlyingSquirrel

  1. I would just say that "less is more" when it comes to gain.


    On its own, I sometimes think that I don't have enough gain in my guitar tone using the Uberschaal model, but when I record & hear it back, it's plenty fine, and dynamic.

    My recordings are in the 2 guitarist perspective, ala Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc...  and my recordings always remind me that I am serving the recording best with the sweet spot of gain.


    Yesterday, I was playing on my church worship team, and I ran across the same scenario playing along side an acoustic, J-Bass, Keys, and a drummer with 3 vocalists.  During sound check, again, I'm thinking, "do I have enough gain?", but then when the rest of the band fired up, I quickly put those concerns to rest as my tone fit the entire band mix appropriately.


    Because I spend a great deal of time creating my presets in a recording environment in a band mix context, FOH barely does anything to my signal other than a slight rolloff of some low end, according to their room, and a unity gain signal.  That's it, no gate, no comp, just good gain staging with minimal subtractive eq.

  2. I recently added Amp B in conjunction to Amp A for my lead function, that way I can have my lead tone as a function of FS4 within my crunch preset, with just a touch more gain & mids on Amp B and to me it sounds more consistent to Amp A when A/B'd.


    The settings for Amp B are pretty much the same, with the sag dialed back a touch & more mids/gain.

  3. Absolutely, but I find it isn't that great.  I have assigned both channel volumes to one expression pedal so as one goes down the other goes up but in the middle they are both at 50% and that is noticably quieter than either by themselves.  Better to use a FS to turn one off and the other on.  Maybe there is another way to do it but I haven't found it yet...


    Now, if you could adjust the taper of the pedal's movement between these two extremes, it would be quite useful.  That middle position could yield some useful blended tones if the level remained at a useful level.  Something akin to EMG's ABC control: http://www.emgpickups.com/accessories/bass-accessories/summing/abc.html#info 

  4. I only have it on my iMac studio computer, and cannot install it on my Macbook Pro for the very same reason, but my Macbook is full on the startup disc anyway.

    I'd be curious if any mods have any suggestions.

  5. Pianoguy has some very valuable points, all valid, all practical.


    I would add that it's helpful to create your tones in a DAW using backing tracks so that you can edit it in such a way as it sits in the mix, before it hits the interface, before it hits a a connection to FOH.


    The better you do this, the better FOH will have a usable tone from you across your live tone library.

    FOH will like you better for this, as they will have very little eq'ing to do to your signal making their job easier of carving out a live mix.  They'll have a good gain structure to build from, and you'll end up liking what you get back in your monitors or your I.E.M.'s.


    This takes time, a lot of back and forth, but if you invest this time wisely, and even have someone more experted than you give a critical listen & provide their input, it can, and likely will pay off big time.


    Additionally, with regard to stage volume, anything that you can do to reduce that will also make the job easier for FOH to provide a good tangible mix for the room.


    Consider this, the loudest acoustic instrument on stage sets the minimum stage SPL.  Most of the time, it's the drums, but I've seen plenty of examples where guitar players were trying to achieve a break in the sound barrier with excruciating volumes.  You need only be loud enough on stage as to hear yourself.  You may consider rather than firing your cabs from the backline towards the front, to relocating them to the side and fire them in from there, like a side fill.  If it's only for you to hear yourself, then put them where you'll likely hear them no matter where you are on stage, and you've just knocked your SPL down a bit to make FOH's job easier.  Plus, it gives you more room to run around on stage.  You might even consider downsizing to 2x12 cabs, since they're aim with more focus in mind.  This is what I did back in my final year of touring in 2002.  Sold off a couple of 4x12 cabs & went down to a single 2x12 on each side.  Even then, where the room sounds like poop, there have been times that I have gigged and not heard a note that I played because the room sounds like bees in a boxcar.  This is where professionalism trumps idealism.  You've rehearsed for this, you know your job, you know your role, and you have the physicality to do your job, along with the muscle memory that goes along with it.  You show up, you do your job.  The main person who absolutely needs to hear himself is the vocalist.  So long as everyone else can hear the drummer, you can make it work.  Again, this won't be ideal, but, you've not rehearsed up to this point just to the point where you get it right.  You've rehearsed to the point to where you can't possibly play it wrong.

  6. I just purchased an hd500x. I have to say I like it a lot. However on some of the new patches I'm creating I'm not able to get the volume pedal to function. Why not?

    9 out of 10 times, user error.


    Are you doing this only on the floor unit, or are you using HD500X Edit?


    If the latter, you should see confirmation of it graphically.  

    Save it, and send to the unit to confirm.

    Do this on a preset by preset basis, then close the Editor & disconnect USB connections.

    You should be up and running by then.

  7. My experience with the 707's is that they're insanely hot.

    Stay on the neck pickup only, stay completely away from that bridge pickup.

    Back off of any gain in any amp model to zero, turn up your channel volume as needed, and if you need some more, then bring in the gain a tad.

    Be sparse with any eq as that affects gain structure as well. Start with them at about 3 or less, bring up the highs before the lows, mids to taste.


    Those pickups are going to be very difficult to get any decent clean out of.  I had a hard time with my old ones in a JC120, which can clean just about anything up.

    If you can, consider swapping those out for the soapbar version of the 57/66 combo, and you'll have far better chance of success, and just an overall higher fidelity of tone.

    I use EMG's, and have no problem getting good cleans out of my 89/SA combo.

  8. What pickups in both positions and which position is your chosen clean setup using.


    Hot pickups do not make a particularly pleasing clean tone.


    Underwound and single coils make stellar clean tones.


    If using actives, you will have to edit the gain structure to match.


    Also, you need to realize that downloading from Custom Tone doesn't mean download and play.  It can happen, but that's the exception.  99% of the time, it's a starting point and you have to edit to taste.

  9. I'd you want a nice clean transition between the two tones, set up a dual amp patch. Clean amp in PATH A, and dirty amp in PATH B. Assign each one to the expression pedal, and you can morph seamlessly between the two sounds without changing patches or engaging any footswitches at all.

      Best option, and I've been going from clean to crunch this way for years!

    Smoothest transition ever, and you can apply effects to each amp path discreetly.

  10. Much of this has to do with gain structure and reasonable eq'ing.


    I've got mine to the point where FOH just leaves my channel flat with a bit of low end rolloff, and it sounds quite clear and sits well in the mix.

    I've been using Avioms for about 13 years now, and I've never had a problem getting my POD's to sound great in them, but I also set up each preset in Pro Tools against other tracks, ie; drums, bass, keys, & other guitars, so by the time I get to a live situation, I'm already dialed in to sit within a band mix context.


    I would consider sitting down with your church FOH person to dial in your presets/rig in that context.


    I have my preferred presets for studio, and banks of them that have been tweaked slightly for live use, and I never use one bank in the other context.


    I've also found that pushing the levels of less than ideal ear buds in the Aviom System can yield similar results.  I would steer clear of any single driver IEM earbud, and if I could afford it, go with nothing less than a 3 driver system and custom molded earpieces.  You just can't get low end to come through earbuds cleanly if you don't put out some $$$ on quality earbuds.  I think the headphone outs of the Avioms are on a different level than what you typically have coming from IOS devices & iPods, because any buds I've used that were made for those units sounded like trash in any church Avioms that I've used across 3 states.


    For the longest time, I used my over the ears Sennheiser HD280-Pro headphones, and never had an issue.

  11. Try some eq changes at the current volume to see if it sits in the mix in a place that it can be heard within the total band mix.


    I've experienced this a couple of times.  
    I've lowered the preset volume of the crunch channel to match it up, and found that sometimes it's a matter of pulling out some of the lows or raising some of the mids to get the clean to sit & be heard well.

  12. It's just how it is.

    I use my stock banks for home recording.

    I use stock banks for live play with my band.

    I use other banks that I use on the church worship team.


    I have banks that are specific to a particular guitar, ie; Baritone Tele bank, Ibanez RG7620 7 string bank, etc...


    I have passive under-wounds on the Tele, Dimarzio Hi-Outputs on the 7, and active EMG's on my main sixer.  I also have banks consisting of misc. "one-off" presets, ie; special effects.


    These can all be arranged in a set list using the editor.

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