when bands play in the studio and they use high levels of distortion do they use pedals or just use the amp gain?
usually they have mega expensive amps, so just use on board distortion. Depends on the band tho
yeah i know the got sweet big tube amps like 6505s and XXXs and dual recs but i wasnt sure if they used the built in head distortion (because with an amp like that im sure the distortion is amazing) or pedals..
A lot of bands will use on board tube distortion and put a signal booster in front, like a tubescreamer or something to get that little bit of extra gain out of the amp.

Also they'll often use a tube head, run it through a power soak into a cab, that way they can push the tubes as hard as possible and not blow the roof off the studio.
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