dlabrecque wrote:Just a reminder for those of you who may be frustrated with the tone-sucking bleed problem and are looking for an alternative...
My Dual Rectifier is factory stock (no mods). I've had good luck (though it takes some thinking and programming) being careful to set up patches on my effects processor (Boss GT-10) -- using the 4 cable method -- such that no common signal is ever sent to both the unit's SEND and OUTPUT. That way, you don't get any cancellation between a straight signal (processor SEND) and a latent signal (processor RETURN-to-OUTPUT) when they're mixed, however little, at the Mesa RETURN.
You can achieve this either by ensuring that any signal that comes from the Mesa's SEND to the processor's RETURN is not passed through the processor without some kind of delay or reverb set to 100% wet. (in this case you'll want to set the return mix knob on the Mesa to allow a decent amount of preamp signal to come through -- I think I have it at around 50%) The other option is to simply mute or mix out the processor's RETURN signal.
It's actually a very powerful way go, but it does take some thinking and planning to make all your patches sound good (suck-free).
Are you using 4cm? I also have a gt 10 and use it mostly in manuel mode. How do set the gt to do what you say?
Yes, I'm using the 4-cable-method. You have to read the Boss user manual to get a grip on how to program the GT-10, but basically it comes down to being sure -- for any patch that you create -- that no effects in the internal effects chain POST the GT-10's send/return pass any dry signal, but only delayed signal (like delays and reverbs set to 100% wet). This way the latency caused by the GT-10's RETURN A/D conversion and signal processing thereafter will not create problems when the GT-10's OUTPUT is mixed back in with the Mesa's preamp signal at the Mesa's RETURN. The cool thing about the GT-10, and perhaps other processors, is that you can change the order of effects in the internal effects chain for maximum flexibility.
Here's the overview:
Use the 4 cable method (guitar to Boss INPUT/Boss SEND to Mesa INPUT/Mesa SEND to Boss RETURN/Boss OUTPUT to Mesa RETURN).
Set the Mesa's return mix knob to 50% (you can play with it from there if you like).
Any effects that you want to put on the post-preamp signal (i.e., after the GT-10's send/return point) must be set to 100% wet in order to avoid the tone-suck caused by the latent dry signal mixing back in with the non-latent post-preamp signal.
"I want a nice reverb on my killer Dual Rectifier distortion."
Set all as above (see overview). Be sure a reverb effect is placed after the send/return point in the Boss effects chain. Be sure the reverb is set to 100% wet. Adjust the reverb's output level to adjust the wetness factor of the sound coming from your cabinet. If you can't get enough wetness, see if there's another post-reverb level you can turn up (either in software, or maybe the hardware output control on the Boss), or turn up the Mesa SEND knob, or turn up the Mesa mix knob. I'll leave it to you to decide which approach will optimize the gain staging for your rig.