The first thing I did when I got my new HX/DA all hooked up was set it to where I'd set the one I had before. And it sounded great. But realizing that tolerances of pots and parts being what they are, I decided to start over completely with the new amp to see if maybe some slightly different tweaks were in order.
So I started with the amp with all the switches at the DA setting, and all knobs at 0. Then I brought the HX gain up a bit, brought the treble up to set where I wanted the high end, brought up the mids, then the bass, then went back to the HX gain and set up a nice clean tone. Brought the bass gain up just a bit to add some juice. And finally monkeyed around with the presence to find a good spot for an overall lift for the upper mids.
Finally, I messed with the HX and DA switches, one by one.
Did it all by ear, not by eye. And where did I end up?
You guessed it. Same as before - same as it ever was! LOL!!
But in addition, I decided to tweak the amp for using it with my Fulldrive 3. I set the HX gain of the amp for a good clean sound with the guitar volume about halfway up. This resulted in a little lower setting on the amp gain. Then fiddled with the FD controls so that hitting the clean boost gave me a really nice "edge of breakup" with the guitar at around 6.
Of course, bringing the guitar volume up adds more gain to the amp, whether the clean boost is on or not - the clean boost changes the color a bit, as I've only got it on a low setting.
Finally, bringing in the OD section of the pedal adds a lot of midrange and girthy grind, and it's a great combination with the amp.
So in essence, I've got some really nice options with the amp and the pedal combined that sound absolutely fantastic, and the exercise certainly wasn't a waste of time!
Anyone else hit the reset button from time to time on their amps and rigs?