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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeful Sinner View Post
    I have got to make my way up to Morgan Guitars at some point. I think Derek has all the amps I'm interested in but if I happen to make it to Michigan before that, I will gladly take you up on that. I would love to check out your studio setup!!!
    You'd be welcome, of course!

    My studio setup is very simple, absolutely no big deal. I've gone from analog mixing and summing, and hardware processing, to in-the-box. I don't have much that you can't find at any typical project studio any more. So plan on saying, "Meh, this studio is no big deal!"

    I book outside studios when I have the need for a drum room, outboard gear, etc. And that's unusual lately, too.

    I used to be a big believer in high end recording gear, but I've come around to the belief that it's not what you have, it's how you use what you have. These days even the most ordinary gear sounds as good or better than what we had only a few years ago!

    Quote Originally Posted by andy474x View Post
    Les, add one to the HXDA gas thanks to you. Been wanting one for a while now due in no small part to your rave reviews.
    As long as you don't hold me responsible if you don't like it, I'm good with that!

    Seriously, I'm just one doofus on the internet. Always try or at least listen to clips before buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veinbuster View Post
    A very thoughtful post and I don't disagree with anything in it. I have moved the preamp controls on occassion, but in general I leave them flat. Until I listen to something like that and feel compelled to change them to make something that would otherwise be hideous appealling.

    I have decent equipment (though far from the top of the line) in a well formed room layed out for listening.
    It's odd, I used to have two sets of monitors, one for near-field listening, and one for mid-field, in my own studio. Both were Genelecs most recently, but in earlier years that would vary, as I tried a lot of things. The Genelecs were chosen because they seem to have less crossover distortion in the midrange, which is where vocals sit. One thing about a studio is that I have the singer live, and I can hear how close the midrange comes to what I hear in the room. That isn't a bad thing!

    Also, all of the audio post mix houses in my area use Genelec, so at least I had an idea how things would sound in client mixes where picture and music were married. Unpleasant surprises are never a good thing.

    What I discovered is that the mid-field speakers were so affected by room modes, etc., even in my room treated with ASC bass trapping products (at one point I had 8 tube traps in the room, a rather garish sight), that it was pointless to use the larger speakers. The larger 8 and 10 inch woofers were exciting room modes, and screwing up the bass despite my efforts. Of course, in most rooms, hi fi listeners are in the mid field (or if it's a large room, in the far field).

    I found that mixing in the near field on 6.5 inch speakers, that were much farther out from the walls, excited fewer room modes, and needed less treatment. So that's how I monitor.

    Obviously, I wouldn't listen to music for pleasure in the near field any more than most folks. But that's where I am in the studio. I got rid of the bigger speakers. The Genelec 8040s are superb little monitors, and they work exceptionally well for me.

    In the hi fi world, these would be similar in size to B&W 805s, etc.

    I just wanted to say how my realization about monitoring and loudspeakers impacted my studio world. I finally realized that "stepping up" when the room can't handle the so-called "upgrade" speaker is actually not a great idea for my work, anyway.
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    FWIW the Treble Middle and Bass controls on most guitar amps are basically just variable voltage dividers set up with the cap array that makes each pot cut the portion of your signal in question, so that means if you set your treble middle and bass controls at 5,5, and 5 you are setting your amp to cut Treble, Middle, and Bass by ~half the available range. Its not like those nice rack EQs where setting them in the middle detent means they're set flat and unaffected. Of course, that doesn't mean it can't sound good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabidhamster View Post
    FWIW the Treble Middle and Bass controls on most guitar amps are basically just variable voltage dividers set up with the cap array that makes each pot cut the portion of your signal in question, so that means if you set your treble middle and bass controls at 5,5, and 5 you are setting your amp to cut Treble, Middle, and Bass by ~half the available range.
    I had some definite reset action going on lately. The first thing on my amp agenda was a tube problem. I had this secondary distortion creeping into my signal, and it has been driving me crazy on and off for a while now. At lower gain settings, if I hit a chord and let it ring, this nasty static was rearing its head, just as the breakup from the input signal receded back to a clean tone (ie the time when there shouldn't be any distortion). It's like there was this background junk in my signal as notes decayed. So, into the amp I go with some replacement preamp tubes... reverb driver? Nope. Gain stages? nope. FX loop driver? Nope. And finally, what was it? The phase inverter (at least I assume, it's not labeled in the manual but it's right next to the power tubes). Finally, that nasty little troll in my tone was gone. But just as one problem went away, all the sudden my guitar's volume pot is getting really, REALLY scratchy. Hmm, must be time get some pot cleaner spray. Then my volume pedal starts acting up too. Next thing you know, my amp is all kinds of crackly, even when I'm not moving any pots. Hey, wait a minute... I've heard this sound before, this is a dying preamp tube! I go right for V1 (the most PITA tube in the whole amp to get to, so naturally, it MUST be that one), sure enough, the crackles are gone. And sweet moses, did my amp perk right up! More gain, more bite - I couldn't get a pinch harmonic above the 12th fret to save my life for the last couple weeks, and I was starting to think I was flat out losing it. But the amp is back to her old self now.

    I did a bit of EQ tweaking as well. I turned the mids all the way up on my clean/rhythm channel... I've always liked where the mids "sit" on that channel, yet I've never just turned them all the way up. Probably a combination of 1. a subconscious feeling that I think many of us have, in which we feel like our settings should be in the middle, just in case we need wiggle room in either direction later on, and 2. bad experiences with mid controls on other amps, specifically having them "take over" at a certain point, kill the T and B, and make the amp sound like a 1940's radio. Anyways, it was great, really gave me a nice sweetness and silvery chime to the tone, without killing the other frequencies. I hardly EVER run anything at 10, so I guess Doug and crew really do make these amps so the EQ's sound good anywhere. Goosed the mids a bit on my lead channel as well, with similar results With some mild/moderate breakup, this more mids tone really reminds me of a Hiwatt amp, both in EQ and breakup character. If you have a Mesa on one end of the spectrum, with a super saturated, smooth gain character, this is the opposite - a much more "coarse" breakup that still lets the strings ring through, rather than coalescing into a cascade of liquid distortion.

    So, I dig it all. Today was a good amp day. And sometimes, you just need one of those to make yourself feel better.
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    Sounds like you did, indeed, have a very good amp day!

    My isolator contraption was supposed to arrive today, but Fedex was delayed by weather, I am told. So I can't test it out this weekend. Darn!
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
    -- Homer J. Simpson

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Sounds like you did, indeed, have a very good amp day!

    My isolator contraption was supposed to arrive today, but Fedex was delayed by weather, I am told. So I can't test it out this weekend. Darn!
    Bummer! I hear the weather in MI has been pretty wild lately... I'm coming home next week and from the sounds of things, there should be some snow on the ground.
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    Cool post Les !!!
    My reset has been my pedals and PRSi guitars in the last 3 years I have changed everything but my main amp ( can't part with the old MKII ) I did add an Egnater Tweaker 15 my first new amp in 30 years
    PRS Family - SCT, 408, 305, CU22, MEII
    Others LesPaul , Stratocaster , Guild
    Amps - Mesa MK2B , Egnater Tweaker 15
    Effects - Tonal Insanity Guitar Effects ( I make them ) TC Electronics Nova

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rider1260 View Post
    Cool post Les !!!
    My reset has been my pedals and PRSi guitars in the last 3 years I have changed everything but my main amp ( can't part with the old MKII ) I did add an Egnater Tweaker 15 my first new amp in 30 years
    Bruce Egnater is a Michigan guy (and my former law partner's cousin, so there's that). I am really happy for his success.

    I'll have to check out one of your pedals next time I'm up to bat for a reset!
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
    -- Homer J. Simpson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rider1260 View Post
    Cool post Les !!!
    My reset has been my pedals and PRSi guitars in the last 3 years I have changed everything but my main amp ( can't part with the old MKII ) I did add an Egnater Tweaker 15 my first new amp in 30 years
    I had a Tweaker 15 head for a while, really loved that amp. Ended up trading it in for the 40 combo, but long story short, now I have neither should've kept the 15 head!
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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