It actually simplifies the picture because, with the Axe, you only have to use Master Volume to make it sound and feel good; you don't have to worry about how loud it is. You set the level after you've crafted the tone you want, and leave MV alone.What is the first knob you turn to start dialing in a tone?
For me, the MV (on amps that have it) would be it. I usually try to get volume in the ballpark, and go for the basic tone with this knob. I find it easier on real amps, because this knob really has a real world effect (the amp gets loud fast) and then the tone starts to show up.
While its mostly like that with the Axe, there are so many other variables that affect real volume (like, the volume of your actual SS power amp or powered monitor, the output level, the amp output level on the amp block... on and on... it can confuse the picture a little.
Thank you Cliff! I always feel like I have my master volume too high, but it just sounds better cranked up. My MV is at like... 2 o'clock on all my patches. Real amps drive me crazy because there's always that ledge where it's either too quiet or too loud. The Axe Fx doesn't have that point, which is totally awesome.
Master Volume: The Most Overlooked Amp Knob Despite Its Literally Being Called "Master"...so much more than just a "volume" knob.
The whole reason I don't match the MV taper is exactly because of that "ledge" problem with real amps.