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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Bottle Rocket

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Hi,

So I have a dual rectifier, which I love using live but getting into recording now. I have the chance to pick up a cheap mesa Studio preamp, but would still cost more then just buying a cab clone and running my dual rec into that and into my mixing desk..

Is it worth buying the studio, or even saving up for the rectifier recording pre? As if it can produce the best results, i'd be willing to do that. But if I'll get the same results by just buying a cab clone, then i might just go with that.

I've owned load boxes such as the two notes torpedo, palmer PGA, but with the cab clone being much cheaper, its very tempting.. but there Mesa preamps must be worth there value, so question is, what should I go for?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:51 pm 
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A lot of people have some gripes with the sound of the Cab Clone. It can sound passable like, and is nice if it's built in as a bonus DI to the Front of House, but for recording it's pretty lackluster. There's some demo videos you can find online.

The cabclone would probably work similarly to the Studio Preamp's recording outputs. emulating the general sound of a cab but not really the whole feel. But with the regular outputs you can just send the Studio preamp into cabinet sim plugins and get some pretty solid tones (I've recorded like this myself).

If you got a cab clone I'd probably still say just use it as a load box and cab simulate the direct output from it.

The other thing is the Studio Preamp will be pretty vastly different than the Rectifier sound: It's a Mark series preamp through and through, which is a different beast. I like it more but that's something you'll need to decide for yourself.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:56 pm 
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Bottle Rocket

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thanks for your reply. ive heard mixed reviews, some people saying its one of the best out there, others say its just like the rest. The main objective of using it would be for recording, so I guess there would be much point doing that.

The main style i'm using it for is modern rock / punk. As I've only used a rectifier, I'm not sure how the studio would compare as like you say its the mark preamp. Would the recto sound work better for me or is that something the studio could sound good for?

Using the clone as a load box could work. but then again, as it has the 'slave out', so if I could just plug into my interface and use software, or the hughes and kettner red box I have kicking around somewhere, then the cab clone might be a bit pricey if im just using it for the dummy load and direct out..

If I can achieve the same or close results to what would be considered very good for recording either from the rectifier recording preamp, or the studio, then I'll go for one. But id rather not waste the cash if not! I just want someone to tell me one of these beasts can actually achieve what seems like the unachievable for recording!

Whatever I do, it just needs to be quiet :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:41 pm 
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Mark III

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The Studio Preamp's recording out jacks (or whatever they call them) are useless in my opinion. Sounds absolutely nothing like a cab with a mic on it (nothing I've found so far does). Having said that, though, the Studio Preamp is one of the best pieces of guitar gear I've ever used. Used traditionally, as a front end to a power amp through a speaker, it gets some of the best tones around.


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