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Key Approaches for Typical Goals

 

Key Approaches for Typical Goals

Goal\Techn

1. Isocab/box/booth/room

2. Pwr attenuator

3. Power Scaling

4. Pre-dist EQ

5. Power tube voicing/swapping

6. Reamp gear & technique

7. A/B comparison setup

Comments

Get practice-quality sound at home privately

no, complex

YES - convenient

YES - convenient

YES - bend amps and tune pickup eq

YES - explore basic breakup flavors

no, tedious

no, tedious

Single combo or separate head/cab ok.  Avoid dialing HotPlate to 7-10 o'clock because excess upper treble.

Get recording-quality sound at home privately

YES - spk dist, avoid simulation

no, use isobox for spk dist

no, use isobox for spk dist

YES - bend amps and tune pickup eq

YES - dial-in variety of breakup flavors

YES - search for settings to suss best sounds

YES - search for settings to suss best sounds

Extra cab, spk, or combo needed for isobox

Get best sound in studio

YES - spk dist; cabs/mics in live room/ iso booth

no, use isobooth for spk dist

no, use isobooth for spk dist

YES - fine-tune pickup dist voicing

YES - mix variety of auth dist sounds

YES - compare/ dial-in best sounds& predist fx

no, emphasize new

Use extra cab, spk, or combo in isobooth

Get best sound at grandma's or at work privately

no, too bulky

no, too bulky/complicated

YES - perfect application, reliable tube life

YES - keep main amp simple, basic pedals ok

no, too complex/ $

no, too complex

no, too complex

Needed: small combo amp with power tube, Power Scaling, headphone jack, fx loop, and plug-connected speaker (max. scalability)

Get best sound in live performance

no, too complex

YES - works w/ any traditional guitar amp

YES - elegant setup

YES - eq stomp before dist as custom boost

YES - elegant setup for auth tones

no, live

no, live

Power Scaling integrated into club amps, or, power attenuator supplementing trad club amps

Get any album sound privately

YES - for best tone cloning

no, use isobox. but easy spk/mic swap

no, use isobox, for spk dist

YES - essential for tone cloning

YES - for best tone cloning

YES - essential for tone cloning

YES - essential for tone cloning

dry samples of multi pickups

Number of Scenarios Each Key Technique Solves

Technique

# Scenarios the technique Solves

Comments

Preamp Dist. Voicing w/ EQ (control over pickup eq response)

6

Predist pickup eq is easy, powerful, key

Power Tube Voicing/Swapping

5

If amp permits, is easy, volume-indep, only way to get fundamental pwr-tube dist voicing change; many preamp voicings now avail but still need more ability to control power-tube distortion voicing

Isocab/box/booth/room

3

Not the only solution to bring down room SPL, but is the guaranteed only way to fully auth tone, and potentially private if more than 1 layer thick

Power Scaling (London Power)

3

Makes power-tube dist fully available (the most key factor), tho no spk dist

Reamp'ing gear and technique

3

If doing tonecloning or developing mastery of dialing-in any sound, and for 15 reasons listed in Reamp page, is hugely powerful

A/B Comparison Setup

2

Is only way to toneclone and very helpful for mastering dialing-in range of sounds

Pwr Atten

2

For trad'l tube amps, is effective and elegant

 


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