#1
Hi there,

I recently purchased a Blackstar Series One 200. After watching the online videos I was impressed by how versatile it was and how crisp the distortion was from the KT88s. When playing it I find it has a lot of aggression but lacks that whoosh that albums guitars like Trivium or Machine Head have. I've looked into an Ibanez tube screamer (TS9 and 808) with some thought of boosting the frequencies and having a heavier palm muted sound and chugging tone. I have no clue how to go about getting these tones I'm looking for as my guitar shop stock neither of these pedals. If anyone can shed any light on how it achieve this, It would be really appreciated!

Cheers

James
#2
Can you describe what you mean by "whoosh"?
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#3
By whoosh I mean a thick rhythm, like ballsy palm muting. Not a thin sound, some body to it.
#4
What's your EQ like? What's the rest of your rig? Speakers?
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#5
Sounds thin? Have you downtuned your guitar or is it still in standard? Because otherwise I dont understand what you are aiming at.

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#6
A slight amount of delay should do what you seek to do. You might also look into BBE's Sonic Stomp pedal. The Series One amplifiers have all of the gain and power you will need for the heavy stuff. Play with the EQ, as others have suggested. You need to take the time to learn all of the things your amplifier can do.
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#7
My rig at the minute is the 200 head with Series One 4x12 cab with Ibanez 7321 with active Blackouts running into a Boss NS2 Noise suppressor.

It's down tuned to Drop C# with Dunlop heavy core 7 string set on.

Il continue to play about with it, just being first Tube amp I'm a bit puzzled haha. Will look into the EQ however would a boost pedal be a good recommendation for this amp?
#8
When I said EQ, I meant what does the Bass, Middle, Treble, etc knobs look like. Also, have you tried replacing the battery in your guitar? They actives need a good battery otherwise it starts to sound like shit.
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#9
Compression and technique... oh, and VOLUME!!! haha.

Push the signal with a compressor pedal.
#10
Are you playing at low volumes? You might need to turn it up a bit. I don't know about your amp but some amps sound very thin at lower volumes.

Also if you scoop your mids too much, it will sound like crap. Tweak your EQ knobs.
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#11
yes get a tubescreamer-style od pedal. level high, drive/gain low, tone about 2 o'clock. Use that to boost an already distorted tone on the amp (if you use those settings with a clean tone it won't work).

And crisp distortion from the kt88s? really? at 200 watts? at low volumes? You're hearing preamp tube distortion.
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