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Your Recordings / Re: Worfstock 2017
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:09:33 AM »
And the second song:

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Re: Boss GT-6
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:50:51 PM »
Mmm, actually it's 35 banks of 4 user patches, rather more than enough. Really enjoying playing with it.

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Re: Boss GT-6
« on: March 17, 2018, 02:45:56 PM »
Half way through the manual and have played with some of the presets. Although it's an old machine it's built like a tank and has a huge array of options. Sounds really good through the Mustang with the output option set to 'combo'. None of the usual Mustang high frequency bias is evident, lovely and smooth. 'Only' 35 user patches, but the Katana has just 10, and that is more than enough. I am extremely pleased with it so far.

No USB, but really I never use pedals to record directly anyway. Also has no xlr balanced outs, but this is not an issue for me either.

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Boss GT-6
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:40:02 PM »
Feeling quite pleased with myself - look what I picked up from the second hand shop for £60 this morning:

Just reading the manual. Hours of potential fun methinks  :tup:

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:34:17 AM »
OK, 8 hours running at '5' on the volume control, mix of guitar loops and random music and the results are in.

I recorded the amp with the H1 before and after playing the same tunes, one on setting 22 (65 twin with reverb), and one on a JCM800 type of sound I set up myself. I loaded the audio into Reaper and used the SPAN spectrum analyser to see what was going on.

In short, yes, the frequency range did become a little more evenly distributed and even slightly extended at the low end - but, and it is a big but, the peaks remained unchanged in the 800hz and 2-4khz ranges, which means that the sound is still painfully toppy.

I also tried the amp by disconnecting the speaker and running through a 100w passive wedge monitor loaded with a Fane full range 12" driver. Still uncomfortably shrill. This monitor has been used at hundreds of gigs, often flat out, so it's definitely run in.

Conclusion: the power stage of the Mustang 3 is seriously biased to higher frequencies, slightly disguised by the Q around the 800hz which adds some high middle, but lacking in low end response. Unforgivable really  >:(

So I won't bother replacing the driver, but will use the amp with a pre-amp/multi FX pedal set to deaden the nasty spikiness in the sound (I use the 'empty' preset available from Fuse when running pedals through it), and reset all the amp models to take out as much of the overbearing high end as possible without losing the brightness on the Fender models.

Work for another day!

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:26:37 AM »
Having seen that second vid and having a both the house to myself and a looper I'm going to try giving the speakers a bit more running in time. Both the Mustangs have been used a fair bit, but only at high volume for a couple of gigs. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm going to use my Zoom H1 to record the sounds before and after and use a spectrum analyser to see what difference if any it makes. I'll keep you posted.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:09:13 AM »
It's different for guitar and bass to be fair. That said the guitarist in my band also went solid state in the 1990s, for similar reasons. Still all Marshall mind you :) Now he has a Line 6 Vetta ll and when he comes to mine for our infrequent gigs he either uses the Mustang 3 v2* running in stereo through FOH or his preference the Katana 2x12. He's never going back to valve.

I agree that there is definitely a 'vibe' to a tube amp, but they do tend to be one trick ponies. Throw one in and out of the back of a Transit a few times or bounce one down a flight of stairs (happened to my Trace) and check the difference in reliability.

*I'm thinking of replacing the speaker in the Mustang - I reckon the OEM driver is not really up to the job - I say this because the sound quality from it through a PA is something to behold, and nothing like the often thin and fizzy sound from the cab.

Anyway, have you managed to test a Katana yet? If not I recommend that you do. Just sounds so good and so simple to use.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 10, 2018, 01:51:41 PM »
Mmmm, even the head is nearly £600. I have to be honest here, I did once use Marshall valve bass heads (a band I was in was briefly sponsored by a now defunct music shop), and they were what I was given. Luckily I also had my old 100w tranny head which I always carted around as a spare - and I frequently did need it. The 100w Marshalls just kept on stopping, and a 300w one actually exploded during a gig, taking out all the power on my side of the stage at the same time. Frankly if anyone were to give me a valve amp I would get rid of it ASAP - not to put too fine a point on it I consider them to be overpriced overrated unreliable pieces of sh*t. Not to mention they weigh a ton too.

The only failure I have ever had with a solid state amp is the triacs on the power amp mixer stage of my venerable Trace AH500 getting a bit twitchy. Being a belt an braces chap I also have my AH200 as a spare. I also had a Peavey 400 for years, and that was utterly reliable too. I am thinking about getting a an Ampeg Portaflex 500, but my cheap as chips Behringer is working more than adequately, so it would be a selfish and unnecessary purchase.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:04:19 PM »
More than £700 for a 50w combo doesn't strike me as not having a massive price tag - still jolly expensive to my way of thinking  ;)

Your Recordings / Re: Worfstock 2017
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:04:28 AM »
The gear was:
Me - bass: Hohner 5 string B Bass, Digitech BP200 pedal, Behringer Ultrabass 300 head through 2 homemade 1x15 cabs loaded with Celestion Sidewinder 250w drivers (one of which blew during the set, they were 25 years old, and I've now replaced them with some cheap drivers from Thomann until I can afford to get some decent replacements)
Champ- guitar: Jackson super strat, Zoom G3X pedal, Boss Katana 2x12
Mike - drums: I think this was his Mapex kit - tbh not sure, he has 8 kits!

We had a fun time, despite a few technical glitches, mostly my blown cab which had survived three days of full on rehearsal without a murmur - isn't that always the way?

Your Recordings / Worfstock 2017
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:06:23 PM »
I have finally managed to finish off the first track from my birthday party gig last July. Cover of All The Small Things. Mixed in Reaper 5 and 'mastered' with Wavelab Elements (jeez, have you seen how much they want for the full version of that?!?!).

It was a fun evening, even if our guest singer did lose his voice: after three days solid of rehearsals he'd overdone it rather.

Anyway, FWIW:

General Discussion / Re: Maplin goes into administration.
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:02:24 PM »
They used to be very handy, after Tandy (Radio Shack) went bust. But as you say they lost their edge - pricing, quality and more importantly range. So I started buying components from CPC and on eBay by post. Sad to see another old retailer go to the wall, but times change and they didn't manage to keep up with them.

Amplifiers / Re: Katana Version 2 update
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:09:05 PM »
Just installed it - seems to be OK, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet - as I had already updated the patches to switch the effects loop back on I'm hoping it will all be OK when I get to try it properly tomorrow. The system check shows the amp has the latest firmware installed.

Amplifiers / Re: Katana Version 2 update
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:15:55 PM »
I've got 2.01, which explains it. didn't know there was a really fast fix released just afterwards. Better get the new firmware installed.

Amplifiers / Re: Katana Version 2 update
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:37:23 PM »
Bit of an issue with the new firmware. It turned off the effect loop on all patches by default. Took me a while and a lot of head scratching to work that out. Had to go in and change all the settings to 'post reverb' to get my looper registering again. No idea why that worked - on my Mustang the choice is pre or post pre-amp, and that works in a way I actually understand :)

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