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by CoG
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Amps
Topic: micing bass amps
Replies: 2
Views: 2653

Re: micing bass amps

best results I've had in a basement budget recording situation was recording two tracks at once, a direct signal from the preamp out on the bass amp and a beta 52 on his cab. neither track will sound good on its own but when you play around with mixing them you'll probably find a good tone. if you'r...
by CoG
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic
Replies: 9
Views: 6392

Re: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic

Ha, I also went with 6CA7s on my last retube like a month ago! I am very satisfied. They do exactly what they say on the tin - expanded high and low range and more detail, at the cost of a little bit of focus. There's a sort of "grain" on the red channel with the master at noon and the gain around 1...
by CoG
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: TC50
Topic: Reverb "adds" an e.q on the channel
Replies: 5
Views: 2454

Re: Reverb "adds" an e.q on the channel

Yep. I find the reverb to be a tone-wrecker on the RA. I can dial around it if Multi-Soak is off, but otherwise it's just too much trouble. I don't find the fx loop very useful for the same reason - basically I have to sit down and dial in the amp to use either reverb or the loop. I don't mind if th...
by CoG
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Boogie Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 1
Views: 2382

Re: WTS Mesa Boogie Mark iii green stripe long head

pm'd
by CoG
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Amps
Topic: Anybody Roll Without OD Pedals?
Replies: 50
Views: 27701

Re: Anybody Roll Without OD Pedals?

I don't use OD/boosts on my Mark III green for the same reason I don't bother tube rolling in it - it just doesn't make that much of a difference, and no difference that you'll hear in a mix. Marks gonna Mark. Part of this is because my main axe is an old Yamaha SG1500, which has very bright, relati...
by CoG
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic
Replies: 9
Views: 6392

Re: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic

I have 2 EVM-12s and 2 Eminence RWBs in an X in my 4x12. Works well with both my Mark III and my RA-100 heads. The RWB is a 70s Southern-flavoured speaker and is a little gritty, fuzzy, and smooths out the upper mids and highs as you get louder. The EVMs are, as always, very hi-fi, punchy and clear ...
by CoG
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: Do Tubes Make that much of a Difference
Replies: 10
Views: 6022

Re: Do Tubes Make that much of a Difference

I can definitely say that EL34s are a great choice in a Roadster if you're playing at big-boy volume and on the crunchier or heavier side of things. Passive pickups with sensible output levels into a Roadster with EL34s on CH3 vintage and a little boost kick in the input jack is an awesome 'classic heavy metal' tone - nice tight, focused chug and grind and a lead sound that isn't 'stiff'. You can also get a f%&# amazing vintage lead tone on CH2 Tweed with EL34s if you're in a situation where you can play LOUD.

EL34s do (in my experience) make it a lot harder to dial in three or four channels all sounding good at combat volume, though.

My overall experience is that preamp tubes, specifically V1, make a noticeable difference in the "flavor" of Roadsters and Rectos. I haven't found anything that sounds exceptionally bad, but in general the Roadster, like pretty much any Mesa, sounds better with a loud/bright signal hitting it early, and it also makes the rest of the tone stack more effective. When we were recording, I would test preamp tubes in a Valve Jr. just to find the brightest, loudest one (even if it was just some random Chinese tube), throw that in my buddy's Roadster, and it would always mix better. That's the thing - tube rolling past V1 in modern multi-channel amps doesn't make any difference if you're going into a full band mix. You won't hear it.

I tube rolled the living sh!t out of two Mark IIIs and I can't say that I ever noticed any difference worth spending money on. Marks gonna Mark, I guess. On my RA100 I discovered that I could do soooo much subtle-but-audible stuff with judicious manipulation of the power soak and 50/100 switches that screwing around with preamp tubes just didn't make any sense as long as I put good quality EL34s in it.
by CoG
Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:25 am
Forum: Boogie Classifieds
Topic: FS: Short head rackmount kit
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: FS: Short head rackmount kit

I could but shipping's going to be pretty crazy, are you still interested if it comes out in the US$120 range?
by CoG
Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Boogie Classifieds
Topic: FS: Short head rackmount kit
Replies: 2
Views: 764

FS: Short head rackmount kit

Rackmount kit for a Mark short head. A little beat but entirely functional. No logo. US$75 shipped anywhere in North America.
by CoG
Mon May 25, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Was going to buy RA-100
Replies: 22
Views: 9046

Re: Was going to buy RA-100

There's nothing out there quite like the RA in terms of all-this-in-one-box tonal palette even if it's not perfect in an engineering sense (they have included a reverb and an fx loop which don't work very well.) If you are a good technical player who's seriously picky about tone and leans towards gu...
by CoG
Sun May 24, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Video: RA-100 w/ Celestion Creamback & Rode NTR Ribbon
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

Re: Video: RA-100 w/ Celestion Creamback & Rode NTR Ribbon

Definitely your best-recorded guitar tone yet! And you guys really put a sh!t of effort into the songs, the composition's always great though I think I bitched about the bass playing before: "How do you tell if there's a bass player at your door?" "He's knocking too much." Can't say I like how the m...
by CoG
Sun May 24, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: TA-15/30 RA 100 DISCONTINUED
Replies: 20
Views: 11506

Re: TA-15/30 RA 100 DISCONTINUED

I love my RA, but I can see why they cancelled it.

Mesa's already got several Swiss Army knife amps, and the RA doesn't look like one from the front but it's actually complicated as f%&#. The RA's big selling point was Multi-Soak, which I don't think they ever really got around to explaining how to use - there's a reason there's one for each channel, and that's the reason the amp's so complex. You can't dial in a sound and then just use Multi-Soak like a master volume. They're volume controls, sure, but more importantly they are tone controls. And I think a lot of players don't understand that you just can't get the "loud" sound without blowing some air through a good cab and some speakers. Hi on the RA with the soak up all the way sounds good through a little 1x12, and I have had many a pleasant evening of wailing with a doobie and just that setup, but it doesn't sound or record like a Loud Amp.

As well, the reverb and fx loop just didn't work as well as they should on a big-name amp in the 21st century, and there's a switch for 6L6 but I never got the amp to sound anything besides awful with them. Since Mesa's perfectly capable of making good reverbs and fx loops and multi-tube power sections, I am guessing that there's challenges from Multi-Soak that they can't fix without compromising something else. I personally would be perfectly happy not even having any of these options, but it would lessen the curb appeal for a lot of guys.

I really like the sounds I get out of mine but I'm not sure I'd pay full price for it (IIRC I was at $2300 Canadian all in, I bought the first one in Ontario or Quebec for sure and probably the first one in Canada) again. Helluva bargain at $1200, though.
by CoG
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: RA-100 w/ Suhr guitar - live video - thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 5565

Re: RA-100 w/ Suhr guitar - live video - thoughts?

This is great, man. Gotta say - I like hearing some guys who aren't afraid to f%&# *sing*. I am loving the vocals, like the compositions a lot. You're playing some really nice stuff and your drummer's just killing it all through both tracks.

Bassist needs to calm down a little on "Anselmo", he's playing too much and wrecking the groove (2:20 and following for a good example.) Just because you're playing a simple repeating figure doesn't mean he needs to get his licks in (see below re: Intronaut.) If he listens to this he'll be like "oh, I can play that cleaner and it'll fit better" but no, he should just play less notes. No one's paying by the note :)

The mixes are tight but way too clean and everything's shelved too neatly. It's like a mix by a dude who has done one semester of audio engineering at college. Everything's right in a textbook sense but there's something "nonmusical" about it - it's like, the tracks are produced this way because it's supposedly the right way to do it, instead of "does this sound good on this track?" It's too bad because you guys are blowing the roof off the place and then the mix is just sorta "yep, you can hear everything, call it a day."

The single guitar needs to be bigger - not louder, just filling a little more space. I think you're just giving it too narrow a range in the mix for a single guitar. Try putting both mics on the same cab, different spots on the same speaker, and be a little less aggressive with the high and low cuts in the mix.

Are you guys Intronaut fans? I ask because (besides a real Intronaut feel to some of the riffs) they do the same thing on record. They are so concerned that you hear every single thing everyone plays that there's no real "vision" for how the record sounds, it's just "dudes playing."
by CoG
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: Music Man Amps
Replies: 12
Views: 4926

Re: Music Man Amps

Ah, okay, that makes sense. It was definitely 4x6CA7s kinda loud. I don't think I ever heard the actual tone of the amp because he ran so many pedals, but it sure worked good for that.
by CoG
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: Music Man Amps
Replies: 12
Views: 4926

Re: Music Man Amps

A friend of mine had a probably late-70s 2x12 Music Man combo that was just mind-alteringly loud and clean, and this coming from a guy who owned an Ampeg V4. He was using it as a pedal platform and could hang with the JCM800 I was using at the time :shock: It seemed far louder than a SS power sectio...