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  1. AdmiralB

    High-shielded cables and EMI noise

    Ultimately you can't shield against EMI everywhere, because the 'M' means magnetic - if you shield the pickups from magnetic fields, you won't get any string signal.
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    SOLD Line 6 Relay G90 and G50 Wireless

    One each G90 and G50 system. They're essentially the same system aside from form factor; I used the G50 as a home and a grab-and-go unit and left the G90 racked for 'better planned' events (they use the same transmitters). Everything works perfectly. The G90 is minty aside from a little...
  3. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    Measure the voltage swing in both types of amp. It's not very different. In the Marshall, it's got a single triode stage in front of it; in the TW/Komet, it's got two, but it's also got the tone stack in-between, which drops a fair amount of signal. Further, if it was done for the reason you...
  4. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    It's a simple clipping circuit, copied from the Marshall 2203/2204. It's biased super cold, so the positive swing amplifies (although the AF is pretty low), but the negative swing drives into cutoff - the effect is not unlike a single-stage diode clipper.
  5. AdmiralB

    Ground Hum and Noise

    Shielding probably won't do much. Since the 'M' in EMI is "Magnetic", effective shielding against it would also block the string signal. I love P90s, but they're unfortunately one of the 'noisiest' pickups since the coil has so much surface area. If I had a situation where I needed to somehow...
  6. AdmiralB

    Ground Hum and Noise

    I've seen plugs in old houses - especially houses that were not originally 'electric', or were post-and-tube - where the 'hot' runs are totally separate from neutral/ground and could come from a completely different part of the house. The only times I've seen this in the Age of Romex is like I...
  7. AdmiralB

    Ground Hum and Noise

    Back to what I originally wrote - if you have noise when you have ONLY a guitar/bass (which is properly wired, natch) plugged directly into the Axe with a (properly wired/shielded) cable, AND you're listening with headphones plugged directly into the Axe...then you have an environmental issue...
  8. AdmiralB

    Ground Hum and Noise

    Start simple. Plug the Axe into the wall. Plug a guitar into the Axe (with a cable), and plug in headphones - nothing else connected to anything. Hum?
  9. AdmiralB

    Anyone know the frequency curve of a guitar's tone control?

    That'll almost impossible to do without some sophisticated equipment. If you know the value of the tone pot and cap, you can create a plot of the control itself pretty easily. But the impedance of the pickup also affects the circuit, and not only is that an unknown, it's frequency-dependent.
  10. AdmiralB

    Remove cathode bypass cap?

    That's power amp. Cathode bypass (unless we're talking about cathode-bias power tubes bypass cap, which I've never really ever seen omitted) is a preamp thing.
  11. AdmiralB

    Ready to purchase III, but knowing my luck, a MK2 would probably show up soon...

    I moved from II to Mk2 to XL without losing much of any money, because I was willing to sell internationally. If you're buying in the US and you're willing to ship overseas, you'll find buyers happy to pay new US prices for a used "last year's model", because the international prices are so...
  12. AdmiralB

    Humbuster Cable to balanced TRS Mixer Inputs

    I had a similar problem, albeit with a FAR less complex setup. My signal comes out of a Relay G90 (using all three outputs) and goes to an Axe II, and Axe III, and a Helix Rack. Outputs from those - all XLR, ground-lifted - go to a Focusrite 18i20. I would get the noise (the whining) you...
  13. AdmiralB

    Humbuster Cable to balanced TRS Mixer Inputs

    Where is the Mackie in all of that? On the input side: Do you have the grounds lifted on the outs of the headlight that feeds the modelers? If not, try it. If that doesn't work, try unplugging the input cables to the modelers that are not selected when you are using one that hums/that is...
  14. AdmiralB

    Humbuster Cable to balanced TRS Mixer Inputs

    How is the signal getting into the modelers?
  15. AdmiralB

    FC Controllers Now Shipping!

    Looks like that "hoping to clear the backlog in Q1 2019" was a little optimistic!
  16. AdmiralB

    RCF Speakers?

    I have a pair each of NX 12-SMA and NX 15-SMA. I've had the 12s for eight years; the 15s were a fairly recent local deal (guy didn't want to ship) that was too good to pass. I'm 95% happy with them. They sound great, although the 12s and 15s do not sound 100% identical. My only beef with...
  17. AdmiralB

    Faith restored in my Axe :)

    THAT sounds like something you could monetize in all kinds of ways that have nothing to do with MI. Good on ya!
  18. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 2.05

    I never 'got' the Model T - it's a Marshall preamp on an ultralinear power amp, more or less like that of the 135W Twin/Showman Reverbs. I'd much rather have a 200S or 2000S. But before all that, an Ampeg V4.
  19. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 2.05 Public Beta

    Not on the originals. 220, 800, and 3K only:
  20. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 2.05 Public Beta

    I generally never install beta firmware, but I made an exception here to try the SVT. And it's much much better, so thank you for that! My only wish would be that the three-position mid switch be added as a selectable option. The Portaflex is also very nice, but since my sum total of time...
  21. AdmiralB

    RIP XL+...?

    I still use a Yamaha DG Stomp. I don't think the price/performance factor on that box has ever been approached, let alone equaled or surpassed. When/if I gig in the foreseeable future, it will be with a IIXL. The III will stay in the recording rack at home.
  22. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    I remember when I read the interview with Carlos where he basically trashed Mesa and starting gushing over Dumbles. I'd heard the lead single from the record he was promoting (I think it was the one with Michelle Branch), and thought, wow, that IS good tone. Then I found out that that track...
  23. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    On the topic of Dumbles, it's interesting to me how the ODS is (IMO, obviously) seemly almost certainly responsible for the direction the Mesa Mark series took. I was given a copy of an ODS schematic back in the late '90s - it came from a somewhat well-known boutique amp maker (he has product...
  24. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    And, in the comments: Tim Pierce Guitar 1 year ago +Dave Lanciani I use volume pedals in different places in the chain, but the one I'm using for this demonstration is absolutely last,just before the amp :) So, he's controlling a low-Z signal with the pedal. Of course it's different.
  25. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    That would work great (and I do the same sometimes), because you're not loading the input of the amp the way you would with a volume pedal and a 'real' tube amp.
  26. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    Where would I find said video?
  27. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    If it's post-buffer of some sort, then I'd agree - that's one thing active electronics (EMG, et al) gets you, treble retention and fidelity as you roll down volume. But in a totally passive setup, it's simply another volume pot in series with the guitar.
  28. AdmiralB

    So, the Dumble thing...

    Unless you're using it after some buffered device (a buffered effects device, for example), a volume pedal is just a volume pot external to the guitar. The same loading, series resistance, et al would apply to one as would apply to the control in the guitar.
  29. AdmiralB

    Implemented An overhauling of bass amps...or at least the SVT

    Can I make a real one sound like the model? Probably. But the real amp has two channels (one with higher sensitivity), and several tone controls that are not modeled. The modeled channel pretty much has to be the low-gain one, as well. But I can't make the model sound much like the...
  30. AdmiralB

    Recent update zeroes output level?

    I'm not in front of it now, but I think 3 through 7 or maybe 4 through 8 are quick examples. The first bank where all the presets are the same except for amp and cab types. "Top Boost", "Plexi 50", "Plexi 100 Norm", "Plexi 100 Bright"...the first couple presets - the Fenders - were not affected.
  31. AdmiralB

    Recent update zeroes output level?

    I've been traveling for a while, and skipped several updates. I updated to 2.03 (from 2.00) tonight and discovered that a number of factory presets - pretty much everything using a Plexi variant or Vox - has had the output level zeroed (at the output block, set to -80dB) and panned hard left...
  32. AdmiralB

    1987X Bright switch off by default?

    The versions without the effects loop, and some of the earlier ones with it, had the cap on the pot, not the PCB (although there was a spot, C5, for it). 4700pF, definitely supposed to be there (and makes the volume work like a switch).
  33. AdmiralB

    Implemented An overhauling of bass amps...or at least the SVT

    I've never thought the SVT model in any of the Axe versions was stellar...good, yes, and more than usable, especially with 3rd-party IRs. But I acquired a competitive product last week, and its SVT emulation is just amazing - meaning, plug in, select the model and cab, and bang - there it is...
  34. AdmiralB

    Focusrite 18i20 I/O sound quality

    I fiddled around some this evening. I didn't use monitors, though, because I'm currently rebuilding my recording rack (added a Helix Rack I got on the cheap). I played a bunch with headphones (Sony 7506, not the best but not the worst); I used the headphone out of the Axe, versus the headphone...
  35. AdmiralB

    Focusrite 18i20 I/O sound quality

    I didn't intend to suggest that you're imagining it - sorry if it came across as such. I meant that if that is really the issue - it's just an artifact of the second conversion set - then it doesn't speak well to the Scarlett. I usually use headphones when tracking, but I'll give it a shot...
  36. AdmiralB

    Focusrite 18i20 I/O sound quality

    If I understand properly, you're comparing the audio output of the Axe directly, to the audio output of the Scarlett after taking OUT 1 of the Axe. Is this correct? If so, you're doing a second set of A/D and D/A conversion with the Scarlett. Not a surprise that there's a difference (although...
  37. AdmiralB

    Axe-Edit III 1.00.04

    Well, that illustrates my (in)ability to judge UI effectiveness.
  38. AdmiralB

    Axe-Edit III 1.00.04

    Is the dual-placement of the input boost switch intentional? I found its location on the main amp tab a bit misleading; since it's right next to the input trim, I initially confused it for an on/off for the trim control. Doesn't seem very intuitive to have it there, and on the preamp page...
  39. AdmiralB

    Heart 'Magic Man' - Can the Axe-Fx 3 pull it off?

    It can be done well with one guitar and a keys player. But one guitar, period? Not gonna sound good, in real time anyway.
  40. AdmiralB

    Heart 'Magic Man' - Can the Axe-Fx 3 pull it off?

    You can definitely cop the vibe of it. Depending upon your use case, that might be more than good enough. I was in a band in the late '90s with a female singer, we did a couple Heart songs and this was one. I was using a Digitech 2101 and got close enough for the moment.
  41. AdmiralB

    Heart 'Magic Man' - Can the Axe-Fx 3 pull it off?

    You won't be able to do the lead bits at the intro and throughout (in real time at least), since they're reversed.
  42. AdmiralB

    Which amp model comes closest to a Zinky Superfly?

    All I can say is, if it's a Zinky design, it will not have NFB. So zero that.
  43. AdmiralB

    Dialling in the Marshalls

    That's basically a JTM with SS rectification and a stiffer power supply. I'd just add power supply capacitance/reduce sag.
  44. AdmiralB

    Dialling in the Marshalls

    Eh, you're entitled. There's no "Plexi 2204" either, since the 2203/2204 didn't come along until six years after Plexiglas panels went away.
  45. AdmiralB

    Dialling in the Marshalls

    True. But the TB preamp is pretty much identical to Marshall, up until the tone stack. It's not very tough to make one sound much like the other, if you're using the same cabinet(s).
  46. AdmiralB

    Dialling in the Marshalls

    You can really pretty much control the transition from JTM to plexi to metal-panel by tweaking the bright cap value and progressively cutting bass.
  47. AdmiralB

    Artist Video: Synyster Gates of A7X Makes the Switch to the III

    He nails my view on DMAs in general - it doesn't matter much how much like <fill in amp name> it sounds. What matter is that it sounds/feels good. The never-DMA camp likes to say "Well, I don't need 100 sounds", which totally misses the point, which is that I get sounds I like...and I get...
  48. AdmiralB

    Axe fx III with electric hurdy gurdy

    That's simply amazing. You're an artist. I'm just an emulator.
  49. AdmiralB

    Argentina Got The 3!!

    LOL, that's a fact. When I first got into modeling (original POD), a friend was watching me fiddle with it, and asked "What good are all those models if you're going to try to make them all sound like NMV Marshalls?"
  50. AdmiralB

    Mesa MKII C+?

    All of them have a presence control. Short heads have it on the back panel.
  51. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III in Music Radar

    Yes, the Axe(s) do great bass tones. But IME you have to work at it, because there are so few dedicated bass objects. Almost all guitar amps, aside from the more modern, higher-gain models will do fantastic bass tones, because you don't have to crank them in the virtual world to get volume...
  52. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx III in Music Radar

    I had a Helix for a month or so - got a helluva deal on an open-box unit from an online retailer. I found it confusing to navigate (this was before I had an Axe III), but I'm sure that was because I am so accustomed to using the Axe II. I agree with the above comment about "doing things...
  53. AdmiralB

    "2x12 Brown Super"?

    Factory 1 has a bunch of IRs titled as such...but there's no such thing as a 2x12 Super. And I don't think it's even possible to fit 12s into one (a la the Princeton mod), at least not with a stock cab. Typo?
  54. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    I'd guess the set screws increase inductance a little bit, since there's more metal mass. But I can't tell. Some people claim they can hear the difference between socket heads and slot heads. I'd like to administer a double blind to them.
  55. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    Gravity Storm is cap screws. Crunch lab is set screw on the 'discrete' side.
  56. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    I always thought they were the same size wrenches, but maybe not. Sometimes the potting wax makes them a tight fit. The Super-style set screws are #10 (fine pitch, don't recall what the count is), and the cap screws are #5-40, if that helps.
  57. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    Yep, the Supers (original, 2, and 3) use set screws. As do a few others. But most all newer models use cap screws; you can swap in the old-style fillister-head if you wish. You can tell that these are cap screws by the thickness of the rim around the 'hex' - set screws taper.
  58. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    Well, I'm afraid you're still mistaken.. Very few DiMarzios use set screws. The Super family, the D-Activators...maybe a few others. The rest (with hex-head poles) use socket head cap screws. They're going into regular bobbins which have countersunk bores, so the 'cap' on the screw is...
  59. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    The DCR will read a little lower in-circuit than it would isolated, but it's close enough - for example, a 16.0K pickup with a 500K volume pot would read around 15.5K (tone circuits don't affect DCR). Another thing you could do, if adventurous, would be to measure the DCR of each coil (using...
  60. AdmiralB

    What's This PU?

    Looks like DiMarzio because of the two inspection holes per bobbin (just about everyone else has three) and the pointy mounting tabs. My guess is a Breed bridge, due to the polepiece type/color and the fact that the baseplate appears to be black.
  61. AdmiralB

    Wish Independence for the AES/SPDIF IN/OUTs

    I agree. Am I correct in my understanding (I've only had it for a few days) that S/PDIF in can only be assigned to INPUT 1? Even if not exposed as separate, S/PDIF in oughta be able to be assignable to any input, I think.
  62. AdmiralB

    Recommendation for USB Audio Interface

    Scarlett headphone outs are stereo. Main outs are mono, but the control software lets you configure as you wish (i.e. out 1 and 2 as L/R). EDIT - Oh, you said inputs. No, not stereo, except for S/PDIF and (essentially) ADAT optical. You would configure the inputs as a pair, like my output...
  63. AdmiralB

    Newbie - buy discounted Axe Fx II or III??

    The 'problem' with computer-based stuff is that there will almost always be something better in the near future. The difference is that the use cases almost never need 'better'. If you liked what your existing product did before the new one arrived...well, it still does that. I still use a DG...
  64. AdmiralB

    White December: EV-1 On Sale

    Is this all month, or only until Christmas?
  65. AdmiralB

    Mesa Overload

    It's all good!
  66. AdmiralB

    Mesa Overload

    You're moving the goalposts. They're assembled in the UK, and they have a production facility - contrary to your statements. The source of the components is a completely different issue and a diversion. Are Mesa amps not produced in the US, because the resistors and capacitors are made in Asia?
  67. AdmiralB

    Mesa Overload

    Yeah, I have. And they're clearly marked "made in UK", just like the Neo Creams This one is a December 22, 2009, from a horizontal Rectifier 2x12. My 2013 vertical 2x12s have the same labels. .
  68. AdmiralB

    Mesa Overload

    Mesa's Celestions are all UK-made. They're specific T-codes.
  69. AdmiralB

    1958SLP treble and Plexi 100w High Q8...ok...?

    What you're describing is pretty common on vintage or vintage-style amps with low amounts of power supply filtering (most amps with tube rectification do this). You get intermodulation when they're cranked, and IME it's usually most pronounced on the G around the 12th fret - when you bend a...
  70. AdmiralB

    Anyone have a 'pet' stock cab?

    The SLM V30 that went away a long time ago. I did a tonematch of it and still use it as a starting point for most crunchy tones.
  71. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio AMP models: Citrus Terrier (Orange Tiny Terror)

    The TT is a Vox AC15 (non-TB channel) with an extra gain stage. The 'gain' control is a ganged pot that controls the input signal of two of the gain stages simultaneously.
  72. AdmiralB

    Most Accurate FRFR Powered Cab...?

    I don't have an answer to your question, beyond this: it probably doesn't matter. Spending a lot of time trying to get 'flat' stage volume doesn't do much good since 'flat' FOH is pretty much unheard-of. I can say that products designed for sound reinforcement (which don't include your...
  73. AdmiralB

    Purchasing Axe-FX II for Apartment use, what else do I need?

    I agree, if you can afford decent stuff. I say this only because I know nothing about your situation. When I was in college and using said Rockman through my stereo, I couldn't afford anything. And in that case, buying nothing is better than buying something that's not very good - better to...
  74. AdmiralB

    CAB #62 VOTE NOW to SAVE (or not)

    I think I just followed a 'how to' that was posted here. This was back years ago when the very first 'eliminations' occurred. I'm very partial to the SLM V30 cab, and I saved it off. It lost about 3dB in the conversion; some do, some don't - apparently the originals are 'printed', for lack of...
  75. AdmiralB

    CAB #62 VOTE NOW to SAVE (or not)

    You can do a TM of any of the cabs and save as an IR. I did this when the first cabs went away; I have a half-dozen user cabs that used to be factory. You can lose some level, depending upon how 'hot' the original IR was, but it works.
  76. AdmiralB

    Purchasing Axe-FX II for Apartment use, what else do I need?

    And if you don't have the money, sending it into an AUX or tape return on your stereo will work fine. Get some phone plug-to-RCA adaptors. I ran a Rockman this way all through my college apartment days. For conversation-level practice and noodling, it's more than good enough. For high...
  77. AdmiralB

    Presence Shift in USA Lead models

    An interesting point, since presence is a power amp 'thing', and therefore hard to come by in a device with...no power amp.
  78. AdmiralB

    Presence Shift in USA Lead models

    I don't think there's a straightforward way to model it with the controls available. The shift puts a capacitor in series with the existing NFB tap to the phase inverter, which has the effect of reducing the amount of NFB inversely with frequency. IOW, it progressively blocks low frequencies...
  79. AdmiralB

    Quick question: new to Solid State

    Seems as though the amp is either 'optimistically' rated, and/or it didn't like driving the load you gave it (no fault of yours, if it's supposedly designed to do so).
  80. AdmiralB

    Quick question: new to Solid State

    The duty cycle concept is the main reason your rig didn't seem as loud as your Hiwatts. Set up your amps just below distortion - i.e. play them as loud as you possibly can before they distort, and I suspect you'll find a 400W SS amp (a decent one, that's actually rated honestly) will more than...
  81. AdmiralB

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.00 Public Beta

    It's right inasmuch as what most people attribute to 'power tube distortion' is actually the PI clipping, and the fact that power tubes really don't leave much sonic fingerprint. Rotating through the various options on the Axe is an illustration of that. The rest of it, though...not so much.
  82. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio DRIVE models: Using an AMP block as a DRIVE

    Why would you not turn presence to 0 - or remove NFB completely? No power amp means no phase inverter, which is where 99% of designs inject the NFB. Presence is a selective removal of NFB on high frequencies, so no power amp should mean no presence (or resonance/depth).
  83. AdmiralB

    XL+ popping when power down

    I had one. After a couple years the relay network went nuts - you'd press one button, and several would trigger. The sequence thing stopped working and just turned them all off/on. I contacted Carvin and they said, more or less, "too bad - we'll sell you a new one for $30 off". I've seen...
  84. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio DRIVE models: Plus Dist (based on MXR Distortion +)

    To be fair, the recorded tone wasn't really his 'fault'. Blame engineering and production for that, it's got that weird metallic ultra-short-delay reverb. The tone on the live record isn't like that at all, it's much 'better' by my definition. He was clearly 'finding his way'.
  85. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio DRIVE models: Plus Dist (based on MXR Distortion +)

    I find it funny how references to this pedal always include Randy. But in his GP interview, he said something to the effect of "I use it, but I'd really like to find something better". Hardly a ringing endorsement.
  86. AdmiralB

    Mesa Mark IV Pentode/Triode Switch?

    This makes sense to me. Oddly enough, the 300B is the one 'choice' in the tube selection matrix where I actually hear a difference - and even it is subtle. Which matches my experience with real amps with tied screens. You get tone changes because the impedance is different, and because - for...
  87. AdmiralB

    Hiwatt model

    So when you're screwing with the parameters...where, in the circuit, is the CF? You don't know. In probably 99% of tube amp circuits that have CFs, they're either driving tone stacks or effects loop sends. You asked about a specific situation where it's driving a phase inverter. I gave you...
  88. AdmiralB

    Hiwatt model

    When you tweak the parameters like that, you're doing something that isn't happening in the real amp. In a Marshall - or in the Concorde design - you can't overdrive the CF without first overdriving the preamp. Kinda like setting the bias at 100% hot - you can do it in the Axe because it's not...
  89. AdmiralB

    Hiwatt model

    There's no real reason to have a CF feeding the phase inverter. Typically they'd be used in amps where one needs a low-output-impedance current source to drive the next circuit. The PI is not a low-impedance target, so it's not an issue of loading as it is with a tone circuit, and there's...
  90. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio AMP models: Citrus RV50 (Orange Rockerverb 50 MK II)

    The original RV50 was not an EL34 amp. It was 4x6V6.
  91. AdmiralB

    Parameter for Virtual Supply Voltage

    Both supply voltage and supply frequency are in the advanced tab on the amp. But in the clip, they're talking more about regulation than anything else. 236VAC is less than 2% difference than 240VAC nominal, the equivalent of running at 118VAC instead of 120VAC in North America. The 'variac'...
  92. AdmiralB

    Who's playing through Mesa cabs?

    I had a couple of those in my pre-Fractal days; I could never really get them to work as guitar cabinets but they were absolutely fantastic for bass.
  93. AdmiralB

    Who's playing through Mesa cabs?

    I have a pair each of vertical and horizontal Rectifier 2x12s, loaded with Celestion Century Vintage (the neo version of the Vintage 30) speakers. I think Mesa is pretty much the best deal going in terms of build quality versus price (especially used) in cab-land; a little more money than...
  94. AdmiralB

    Alex Lifeson Hiwatt

    Anyone who thinks Hiwatts don't distort has just never played one loud enough. I've owned a handful - Hylight DR504 and DR103, and one of the first Audio Brothers DR103 reissues. They have a much more 'linear' feeling progression; they don't go from clean at '2' to blow-down-walls at '3' like...
  95. AdmiralB

    Band wants me to consider In Ears....

    You know, 8ms latency is about the same as standing 8 feet further away from your wedge monitor.
  96. AdmiralB

    Updated to quantum 3.0 from 11.03 and I hate it

    Keep in mind that any patch you save in V18 or higher will be 'blank' in a lower version. You'll have to reload your old patches. I think you'll find that anywhere up to and including 17 will work for you - there will be differences, for sure, but nothing like the jump to 18.
  97. AdmiralB

    Updated to quantum 3.0 from 11.03 and I hate it

    That's a big jump. From my perspective, the big change happened between 17 and 18. It took a LONG time for me to get the tones I used up through 17 back. I had to do spectrum analysis and use some pretty hefty parametric and graphic EQ. And even then, it's not 100%. Probably 90%. The...
  98. AdmiralB

    Fractal Audio AMP models: Vibra-King (custom Fender Vibro-King)

    What's odd is the fact that the VK rearranges the gain stages and volume/tone a little bit. A typical Fender has an input gain stage (half a 12AX7), followed by the tone stack, followed by the volume control, followed by a second gain stage. The VK's input - actually the 'return' from the loop...
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