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Is the Big Hair amp based on the ADA MP1???

Discussion in 'Axe-Fx II Discussion' started by Matt Steele, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Matt Steele

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    I just loaded it up and played along with some White Lion and Skid Row and it sounds spot on.

    I love this amp!!!

    Do tell!
     
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    No. It's just my idea of what 80's hair metal might sound like.
     
  3. Matt Steele

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    Well Cliff, the ADA MP1 is THE sound of a LOT of hair metal bands from the 80's and your Big Hair amp sounds just like the ADA to my ears. Amazing job! I'm beginning to enjoy the FAS amps more than the real amp models!!!

    Thanks for answering my question by the way. Love this amp! :)
     
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    It was a total guess. I just tuned it by ear.
     
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    What? The new update has an MP-1 sound-a-like? Well, it's time to do some updatin' to put it to the test against the original... :p
     
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    mp-1 ada, yes on wish list, never had the original is it truly close, even by accident?
     
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    Never had one but the people I know who had one, swore by them. The two amps/preamps I hear the most sobbing over losing was the ADA mp-1 and the Lee Jackson (if you remember the one with the lock on it that looked like it used a soft drink machine key).
     
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    I have one. I suppose with tone matching you could make the big hair sound like the mp1
     
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    I have several in my studio (+ a 3TM) . Didnt even think to tonematch. The Big hair (With Cali cab) and HBE far exceed that. (imho)
     
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    I had one of those! I had two powered KMD cabinets and the ADA foot controller. I had completely forgotten I had that. I loved it too. I thought I was the stuff, because no one else in Muscle Shoals had one. That's back when we had lots of clubs in the area to play at. Ah, those were the days for guitar! Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Megadeth, Kiss! Metallica, Poison, Bullet Boys, Scorpions, Anthrax, and all the other cheesy music, but they were all guitar heavy.
     
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    what's the "power amp" based on?
     
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    Introduced in 1987. Most 80's Hair bands didn't use it. But I'm sure the unit was in response to demand for "that sound". I think of Vito Bratta whenever I hear one.
     
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    Maybe not EVERY hair metal band, but MANY did use the ADA MP1...

    http://forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-wish-list/55296-ada-mp-1-preamp.html

     
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    Well, his lovely assistant does have the 80's hair going on. LOL!
     
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    I want your ears
     
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    I don't think it sounds great, at least in that vid. I tried an MP-1 in the mid 90s and thought it was very dirty sounding. Anyways, I read somewhere that the Soldano X-88r preamp was the hot 80s metal ticket. It was the only POD amp model that I used.
     
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    What bank is it in? I cant seem to find it.
     
  18. Matt Steele

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    It's the Big Hair amp block.
     
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    I'm still stuck with a Standard, but I personally think it'd be the bees' knees if the MP-1 was modeled in the Axe-Fx. I actually put my Axe in my recording rack and replaced it in my live rig with a stock MP-1 and a Digitech TSR-24S (an amazing, ahead-of-its-time unit in and of itself). I was pretty unhappy with the ADA until I retubed it with a 12WD7 and a 12AX7... thanks to the dual gain controls I can coax a wide variety of sounds out of the unit depending upon which tube I drive and which channel I make use of. It's definitely one of the best guitar purchases I've ever made, especially for the paltry $180 I paid for it.

    If it were modelled in the Axe-Fx I would definitely suggest having the Master act as the second gain so you get the discrete gain stage control that the real unit has. Besides, let's face it... if you run an MP-1 you probably aren't using a tube power amp :-D (at least Nuno didn't, and from my own setup with an ART SLA-1 I don't miss it)
     
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    The MP-1 was a great sounding preamp that was, as far as I remember, the only MIDI programmable tube preamp in the late 80's. It did sound like a hot rodded Marshall. Having the endorser roster they did was invaluable. I sold mine a few months back for $150- I was hoping the would be valuable haha!
     

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