OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by robdoc » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:29 pm

I've been gigging with my Mark V for 4 months now and was living on the Crunch mode on Channel 2 most of the time but wanted to try Mark 1 mode for solos although i was more than happy with using the solo boost on Crunch. I changed all my settings just before a gig last night and was blown away with the results.

I am in a covers band playing small to medium gigs and playing anything from Beatles/Bowie/Kinks/Free/Deep Purple through to Foo Fighters/Kings of Leon /My Chemical Romance etc. I used my Les Paul Custom last night with Mark V /Cornford 2x12 (v30's) and a sprinkling of pedals. Amp was on Variac setting.

I cranked up the Tweed mode on Channel 1 and boosted it with a Mesa Tone Burst (Gain 8 o'clock Bass 1 o'clock Treble 11 o'clock Level 12 o'clock) to give a decent crunch tone. 45W Tube rect. Preset EQ at 8 o'clock


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For solos I set Channel 2 on Mark 1 mode at 90W to give a decent volume boost and Tone Burst remains on . Note Slider EQ settings with extreme bass cut.

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For heavier rock rhythm i had Channel 3 set on IIc+ mode at 45W Pentode with Preset EQ at 11 o'clock

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I was very pleased with the results . Boosted Tweed gave a very nice rock rhythm that cleaned up well and sat well in the mix. Mark 1 mode was phenomenal for solos- fat ,fluid, screaming but also very open .It was only when I played with the rest of the band that I realised how good it sounded and felt to play!

Channel 3 sounded slightly nasal at times on single notes so I may have to tweak settings but it had a monstrous fat rhythm tone and solos sounded great using the solo boost. I was going to scoop midrange more with preset EQ but just worried that treble frequencies may get a bit harsh. If anyone has any bright ideas please let me know!

I may experiment with a few OD pedals with the Tweed and Mark 1 mode (TS808 BBPreamp SD1) before next weekends gig but very very happy that I was able to sacrifice the Crunch mode to use the Mark 1 mode!!
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Kike » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:11 am

Hi robdoc,
I've seen you have a marshall DSL50.
I have a mark V but not as the valve marshall to compare sounds.
you believe that Marv V gets to have the typical sound marshall?
thanks
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by robdoc » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:00 pm

Kike wrote:Hi robdoc,
I've seen you have a marshall DSL50.
I have a mark V but not as the valve marshall to compare sounds.
you believe that Marv V gets to have the typical sound marshall?
thanks
Hi Kike
I've not managed to get the Mark V to sound like the DSL50 - the tweed crunch with pedal is a bit looser and grainier in the mids and I cannot get the same power tube saturation for AC DC style crunch but saying that I prefer the sound of the Mark V in the band mix as the upper mids don't dominate and don't have to crank it as hard to get a good tone ( which made it too loud for smaller gigs and an attenuator seemed to suck tone and dynamics!). Audience and band mates like it too!! 😊

I found the DSL was a bit of a one trick pony and prefer the versatility and tone of the Mark V particularly for Mesa/Fender cleans, the awesome fat fluid Mark 1 solo tone and the fat metal tones of channel 3. It suits me better with the variety of music that I play.

I would definitely use the DSL 50 ( and the Cornford) for recording but not for live playing as I find the focus on the upper mids a but wearing on my ears and also a bit thin for soloing without adding in overdrives etc. If I was purely playing classic rock then the Marshall or Cornford may be better suited to crunch duties!
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Kike » Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:58 am

Thank you , I fell better. Needed to hear the crunch is good. The truth I love it, but as I have not heard the Marshall always thought about it.
sorry for my english ;-)
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Dreamtheaterrules » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:52 pm

Anyone have any Dumble-ish settings for the Mark V? I just got mine, so I haven't found it yet. I have a couple ideas, but figured it was better to ask here and get the thoughts of guys who have a few years head start on this.
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by IronSean » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:34 pm

Zardoom wrote:Hi, as a new owner of a brand new Mark V, I was hoping that my endless quest for that Metallica MOP tone was nearly over, and I think it might be. I found these settings after a bit of research on the internet. The eq's are inspired by flemming rasmussen's notes, more so from the song "Battery"

Playing through 81/60 emg pickups
Chan. 3
Mark IIC+ Setting
CH 3 NORMAL
Gain 3.30 oclock
Master 10 oclock
Presence 10.45 oclock
Treble 2.15-2.30 oclock
Mid 9.45 oclock
Bass 8.30 oclock
Triode

EQ V
80hz bottom of the slider sits on the middle line
240hz 0 boost
750hz scooped equal to bottom line
2200hz top of the slider sits on the middle line
6600hz bottom of the slider sits on the middle line

now I tried these settings, and I thought gee... theres still quite a bit of mids here, but if i try to scoop out more with my MXR 10 ban eq, i'm gonna lose all my sound. Thats were I was wrong. By looking at Rasmussen's notes i tried it with the second eq and wow i was blown away. Here are the settings for the 10 band eq in the fx loop

125Hz about 4.5db boost
1KHz minus 6 to 8db, adjust to taste
4KHz about 6 to 9db boost

Still fiddling with the 1KHz and the 4KHz. They're really the key of the sound here
Every thing else sits at 0, including volume and gain.

With those settings the sound is actually more present even tho more mids are scooped out, pretty surprising.
Now keep in mind, I am not playing in a big room so my amp isn't set up ridiculously loud, but still. Might need a bit of knob tweaking if cranking it up big time. Anyway, tell me what you think if you wanna try these out. i think i'm on the right track here but any help or suggestion is appreciated.

Cheers
An addendum to these Master of Puppets settings, the EQs they used in the studio were actually three band parametric, not graphic. And they had the highs set to a shelving instead of a single point frequency, so to best duplicate it with an MXR 10 band you would actually do this:

31/62 Hz: +/-0 dB (or a cut, if you want to emulate the low pass on the Mics)
125 HZ: +4.5 dB
250/500 Hz: +/-0 dB
1 KHz: -6 dB
2 KHz: -1.5 dB (because they scooped 1.2 KHz, this might simulate that a bit, plus not sure what the Q is on that control).
4/8/16 KHz: +6-9 dB (Varied by song).

...then there's the speakers, cabinet, mics (6 by my reading?), mic positions, Mic EQs... but those extra highs do add a bit more fire.
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by skoora » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:57 pm

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EL34's
CH 1 Tite Clean
Gain maxed
volume somewhere over halfway. Gives the extra sauce when up.
Treble 3 O'Clock
Mid's and Bass 10-11 O/Clock. More mids gives a little more girth or grunt but less will give more clarity.
Presence 1-3 O'Clock
I've been using 10 and 45 watt settings. Varian or high power.
Master at 10/11 O'Clock at least. (I use an attenuator)

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by rekster » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:34 am

Recently picked up a Mark V head. Having some troubles dialing in tones, everything seems to lack bottom end.. Especially channel 3 - seems nothing sounds good unless I activate the graphic EQ. Should I be able to get good tones without this EQ engaged? I will go over everyones settings on this board and see if I can get somewhere with it.

I've read there's an editable PSD file for keeping track of settings. All the links are dead. Could someone please email it to me? rekster69@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by skoora » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:35 pm

you'll need to use the graphic for channel 3 but shouldn't need it for 1 and 2.

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by skoora » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:46 pm

I feel I got a great approximation of the Social D tone from the self titled album from 1990. With my LP Junior, So Far Away sounded spot on with these settings on CH 2 (I'm running EL34's)

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by RollysGuitars » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:37 pm

Hey Guys, I've recorded a new video about my Mark V settings. I went for a nice low gain bluesy sound! Hope you like it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyCAP1q3Nz0

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Thaymz » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:11 am

Hi All

Having recently discovered my love for tweed, thought I would put a very short video of how it sounds. Exact settings are in the description.

https://youtu.be/Kx1Oi4CO6Qk

Hope you enjoy these settings as much as I do!

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by RLW.70 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:49 am

Hello lovely people ... just picked up a Mark V 90W head and was lazily hoping someone would have posted a photo or settings for Jerry Garcia type tone - aka Twin mod into a McIntosh type thing - which this amp should be able to more or less model. Really just trying to save myself hours and find a nice base from which to start. I've done the obvious - EQ inverted V, Treble & Base at 9 oclock, Mid at 3 oclock - cleanish settings on various spots - reverb at noon ... If anyone has ideas of advice, other than gratuitous comments, please post. Thanks in advance ....

OH, not 60s Jerry, mid 70s onward where he used Irwin custom guitars into twins and a mesa at one point as well. Also, if anyone has a bog standard Trey base settings that would be nice as well :) .... I know, demanding bugger I am.

And please again, can I appeal to the better nature of people on the board and ask that if your comment includes - dude, take acid ... dude, they suck ... dude, it's all in the fingers man ... just please try a small amount of trolling self control and don't clog up the works with gratuitous comments, please :) Thanks.


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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by RMosack » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm

I started another thread, but maybe this should be here.

1) Which of the three clean modes on channel one would be the best starting point for dialing in a Hiwatt type clean tone on the Mark V? For example, I know that I'd use the Tweed mode if I wanted to use channel 1 for Fender Tweed type tones. I would probably play with Clean or Fat to decide which is the best starting point for a Blackface Fender tone. But since I don't know enough about the inherent tone/EQ of Hiwatts, I'm not sure.

2) Anybody have any suggested settings?


Reason I'm asking is that I have a dedicated pedalboard inspired by Gilmour type tones. For these, the amp itself is basically a clean pedal platform. But not just any amp. Gilmour uses Hiwatts for a reason, and it's not only headroom. I'd love to be able to develop a "faux Hiwatt" on channel one of the Mark V.

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by lcwoods529 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:48 am

Guys,

I'm REALLY struggling finding a recorded modern-ish metal tone from my Mark V 90w. Coming from the amp and cab, itself..great. Recorded, not so much. It always sounds boxy or honky. Or, it's great solo but, with the whole mix it doesn't cut thru at all. I can get close to an old school Puppets/Justice era tone, which is great, but..not what I'm looking for on my recordings.

Mic position is an SM-57 center cone, 1". Stiletto cab, V30s.

Help?

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