Just completed a metal album with TC-100

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Just completed a metal album with TC-100

Post by tpginpnw » Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:45 pm

The band I'm in plays a combination of metal/punk sub-genres (doom/sludge/crust/dbeat). Please know I make no claims to BE punk (especially after buying the TC-100, lol).

For what we're doing, I need three tones: 1) a pushed "clean" with break-up; 2) a mid-forward, aggressive, crusty, overdrive/distortion; and 3) a saturated, high-gain distortion with loads of sustain.

After trying to use what I had (Randall Commander II Combo and Blues Jr. with far too many pedals), then going for a budget head that did not work out, I decided to actually make an investment to get what I needed. After trying a number of Oranges, Marshalls, Peavys, etc., I found the TC-100. I've paired it with a Marshall 1960A with V-30's. I couldn't be happier.

Ironically, one of the world's most flexible amps allowed me to simplify - I ditched my pedal board and am only using a boost (MXR Micro Amp +) and analogue delay (EHX Memory Toy) in front as "always on" pedals. The only stomping I need to do is with the amp's footswitch, mostly to toggle between the three channels. I set each channel to my desired reverb level (I love this spring tank), run nothing through the loop and use the solo button when I need to jump out of the mix. It's almost elegant it's so simple.

For reference, we were trying to land somewhere between the following doom (Thou) and crust (Fall of Efrafa) bands in terms of overall tones/feel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9FPhpuNrwg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o--GvNCw4U

And here's where we landed. I'm happy with the outcome. My guitar is hard-panned right:

https://understorymetal.bandcamp.com/al ... rstory-s-t

Not once have I questioned my decision to purchase the TC-100. When I'm playing just for me, I can go from dark, modern, super-high-gain mayhem and with the flick of a few switches, be getting a vintage, warm, just-breaking-up blues tone. Not to mention high-headroom, pristine cleans. It's amazing.

I welcome any comments or feedback. Thanks!

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