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Saturation Switch does nothing on Authentic for most amps? Not G3 Yet Maybe?

nznat

Inspired
The Saturation Switch on many of the amps does nothing when switched to Authentic Mode, is this because those amps have not had the G3 treatment yet?
 

RDH

Fractal Fanatic
Authentic will do nothing on amps such as Plexi's etc that don't have a sat circuit , use ideal !
 

FractalAudio

Administrator
Fractal Audio Systems
Moderator
Sat switch works on all amps. However if an amp is getting its distortion from the power amp, i.e. Plexis, etc., then the affect may not be noticeable since the power amp distortion will mask any distortion occurring prior.

Sat switches are typically employed on amps with master volumes for just this reason.
 

FractalAudio

Administrator
Fractal Audio Systems
Moderator
So if I turn down the master on a plexi, the sat switch should work - right?
It always works. If you turn down the MV its affects may be more noticeable. Be aware that a Plexi has low preamp gain and you may need to set Sat Drive quite high to get any saturation.

The classic "Arredondo mod" involves adding a "saturation circuit" and a master volume as the sat circuit's affects are masked if the power amp is heavily distorted.
 

nznat

Inspired
ah ha, that makes perfect sense, thanks for the info.

great job on Quantum, lovin it very much so
 

stm113

Experienced
BOOM! I love the knowledge bombs we get from Cliff! It's funny how now that tube amps aren't my main source of tone I have learned so much more about tube amps.
 

nznat

Inspired
Yes i remember this about the saturation now, i recently owned a VooDoo amps Jose Arredondo 1958HW Marshall with three extra gain stages added and bright switches. It was simply incredible and far too loud for what i needed, but guess what, i sold it to fund my shiny new Axe FX 2 XL+ and CLR Wedge, hehe, and im VERY HAPPY! :))
 
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