Amp Tone and Effects Placement

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Amp Tone and Effects Placement
  • Amp Tone

  • Preamp tube distortion vs. power tube saturation
  • Distortion voicing; alternating eq and saturation stages
  • Power attenuators and amp emulators
  • Product ideas using low-watt power tubes
  • Low-power tube amps and studio recording amps
  • Power-tube saturation pedals
  • Attenuators, power soaks, and dummy loads
  • Cabinet response emulators
  • Non-power-tube amp emulators
  • Speaker isolation cabinets
  • Post-amp effects placement
  • Controlling effects
  • Hum, buzz, and hiss
    ... its all there!

    Principles of Rock Guitar Tone:

    "Tube amps sound good"
    "Solid-state amps sound bad"


    Try to play tube amps near their saturation point -- this brings out the power tube sound and engages the guitar speakers. To play quieter, use a lower-power tube amp such as 5 watts. Strive to bring out the physical, real, tangible tone of saturating power tubes and hard-driven speakers. This includes using feedback, room noise, room reverberation, and hum and buzz. Clinically sterile tones such as a guitar effects processor and "speaker
    simulator" (treble-cut) recorded straight into the mixer sound cheap and too convenient and easily reproducible.



Books and articles about amp tone and effects paper-resources page, which includes 17 amplifier books

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Hi amp question....?

Hi I bought a fender champ 30 .It doesn't have a headphone jack . It does have an external speaker jack with

a min load of 8 ohms. Can I use the external speaker jack as a headphone jack, safely without harming the amp?
Please let me know . Thank You.

Re: Hi amp question....?

: Hi I bought a fender champ 30 .It doesn't have a headphone jack . It does have an external speaker jack with

: a min load of 8 ohms. Can I use the external speaker jack as a headphone jack, safely without harming the amp?
: Please let me know . Thank You.

No you can't Its for an external speaker. AN Ext Speaker is kind of like a cabinet

crategt80amp and marshallvs265amp

need info on crate gt 80 and marshall vs265 amps

Re: crategt80amp and marshallvs265amp

: need info on crate gt 80 and marshall vs265 amps

what kind of info are you looking for ?
ive owned a marshall vs 265
marshall has them on their site
as for the crate i now have a blue voodoo
nice amp ive had alot of crate amps too so if i can help you let me know what you are looking for ! michael

amp eq

I was wondering if someone out there knew of any websites where the amp eq settings are given. I love to play guitar and to exactly match certain groups' tones would be great.

Re: amp eq

: I was wondering if someone out there knew of any websites where the amp eq settings are given. I love to play guitar and to exactly match certain groups' tones would be great.

Try the line6 website. I bought a Line6 Flextone that willI plug into my pc, and from
there site I can download amp tones from a library automatically. The POD effect
does the same.

Re: amp eq

: : I was wondering if someone out there knew of any websites where the amp eq settings are given. I love to play guitar and to exactly match certain groups' tones would be great.

: Try the line6 website. I bought a Line6 Flextone that willI plug into my pc, and from
: there site I can download amp tones from a library automatically. The POD effect
: does the same.

ok i have like 200 amp settings all written down on paper
what would you like and please list your gear it would help me greatly michael

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