First, the setups that you read about for head and cab setups are completely the same as they would be for a combo amp.
Now lets get into it. Why do you have the reverb in front of the amp instead of in the fx loop? Its not stictly speaking wrong, but 99% of people place time based effects (delay, reverb) and modulation effects (phaser, flanger) into the fx loop. Even the looper would be better suited in there, not in front of the amp.
If you wanna keep the reverb in front of the amp, you should at least put the noise gate in front of it. A better way might be to put the reverb into the fx loop of the noise gate itself. That way you gate the guitar, and the reverb pedal separately, so you have better control over it.
This wont get rid of the amp hiss probably. So what you could do, is put the noise gate into the fx loop of the amp, and then put the reverb into the loop of the pedal itself. That way it gates the amp and the reverb.
Those are the optiions id try anyway. Play with it for a little bit, and see what works best.
Tubes usually last years, and even when you change them out, you rarely have to do a full retube. Just keep a few spare 12ax7 tubes at hand for the preamp section, those are cheap. The power tubes are the more expensive ones, but unless you are gonna play it at ridicolusly high volumes, they should last you quite a while. I've never heard of tubes lasting less than at least a year, and i know people who have the same tubes in their amps for over 5 years. So by the time you need to replace them, you should have set enough money aside for a decent retube job.
gorkyporky My aim to buy a processor with a built in Expre ssion Pedal along with a 10 W amp. My budget for these two are around Rs 15,000 (232 ) Price varies here in india. Wah Pedal in a processor is my concern. So I wishes to buy processor and amp within this Price bracket. And also in need for any practice amp to get the output of the processors. All I want is to get versatile tones including wah Within this Price
Like dementiacaptain said, a 10w amp is kinda pointless. A modeler and a good speaker will get you further than a bad amp. Also, a line6 pod hd500 has a built in expression pedal. Even the hd300 has one.
You would probably need to go for a full on modeler if you want a processor that can do all this. You can get a line6 pod hd500. You can run that into any speaker or headphones, since it has full amp and cab simulations on that, or you can run it into an amp if you want.
The other way would be some sort of modeling amp. The peavey vypr and the fender mustang are two of the most recomended ones here, but these already have built in modeling and effects, so you dont need a separate processor.
So it comes down to what you want more, a ton of options tha you get with a dedicated modeling unit like the Pod, and then just running it into a speaker, or you want a real amp with modeling already built in, but with less options overall? A budget will also help us give you better advice. And are you gonna be using it for gigs, jamming, or just playing alone?
But whatever you do, for the love of god, dont get the Marshall MG.
I dont have that man mods, but reading threads like this makes me with i did
LTD EC-401: changed the pickups to emg 57/66 set Ibanez SZ 320: changed the pickups to emg 81/60, and installed a killswitch that i never ever use. Also changed the tuners, since the old ones fell appart Epi Thunderhorse: changed the pots since the old ones were scratchy. Does that even count as a mod?
I also changed the front pannel of my old JetCity JCA50 with a grill, so it looked more badass, but i have since sold it.
This reminds me of the time when i was cutting tree branches with my dad, and he managed to somehow stab my right palm with one. Ended up going to the emergency room and got like 7cm branch removed from my palm. It still hurts if i play fingerstyle for more than 20 minutes and its been 10 years since the accident.
What are the main differences between the VM51 and the yamaha in your opinions?
Well first of all the Yamahha has more tonal options, since it has 3 pickups, not just two, and it has a vibrato bridge that the squier doesnt. But the main difference is the build quality of the guitar, and thats not something you can quantify that easily. Im not saying that the squier is a bad guitar, or that all of them suck, but all the pacificas i have played up till now, were very well built guitars, with nice playability and feel, while squiers not so much.
The Yamaha. They are amazing guitars for the price, and the build quality seems to be really consistent. I have literally never played a bad Pacifica, while i heald a few shitty squiers in my hands. And stay away from the epiphone.
In the DAW you need to setup a separate midi track with the correct commands at the correct times. You need to include commands for the pod and for the amp. Then set it, so it outputs the midi signal trough your audio interface or whatever midi inteface you have on your computer, into the midi IN on the POD. Then you have to setup the pod, so that the midi commands it recieves get routed forward to the amp. You have to make sure that the commands for the pod are not the same as the ones for the amp, so that way there will be no accidental switching either on the pod or on the amp. Or, if they are the same, you may be able to solve that by using different channels for each device, but then you need to output two separate midi tracks, each on its own channel. Im not sure how customizable the midi support is on your amp, or on the pod for that matter, but in any case, this should be doable.
As far as controling the daw with a midi footswitch goes, thats something i dont really know.
What about some splitable pickups? I have a set of Gibson Burstbuckers in one of my guitars, that can be split with the pusppull pots, and the cleans on that thing are very good. My logic is, that with this kind of budget, you can get some very good pickups, instead of a maybe okish guitar....
Three months is basicly nothing. I have been taking vocal lessons for around 4 or 5 years now, and im still no where near as proficient as i would like to be. So just keep at it. Its the same as with guitar, you cant expect to be good after just a few months of practice, you gotta give it it. That being said, there is a limit to where your voice can comfortably go. You should probably build a solid base and then try to expand your mix and headvoice registers, but chances are, you wont sound like bruce dickinson in any case. I have the same "issue" if you will. My voice is not that high, and altough i did get a few extra tones of range, its still not that impressive. What you will gain, is ease of singing and more control. But just cause you have a lower voice, doesnt mean you cant sing metal. Matt Heafy from trivium has a pretty low voice, and that hasnt stopped him. And if you are looking for classic metal specifically, then look no further than another Iron Maiden singer, Blaze Bayley. He has a much lower and darker voice than Dickinson has, while he didnt really work in the context of the older iron maiden material, he has made some masterpieces on his own. So, the top range of your voice is not what decides if you are a good or bad singer. Its how you use it to craft melodies and parts that counts.
IWhen you go software, you can change everything. You can record your guitar, make it sound like AC/DC, then turn some digital knobs or use a different virtual sound and run it through a hi-gain amp instead of overdrive. That makes plenty of options, and most of the time, I find that's too much.
Oh, thats true. I did the same thing, and i still sometimes get lost in all the options. Its just the matter of having the resolve to say "yes, i like this tone!" and then resisting the urge to endlessly tweak it. Ive used the same 3 patches for the last year or so now.
Right, I should probably clarify the specs of my computer. GPU: Sapphire R9 390 CPU: Intel core i5 3450 (4x3,1GHz) RAM: 12GB OS: Windows 10 USB Slots: Both USB 2.0 and 3.0, the 3.0 ones aren't working currently though. I'll try to fix that. The sound card and motherboard are noname parts. The interface handels the job of the sound card though, doesn't it? (The PC is a 08/15 PC that I upgraded) Are the specs sufficient? Getting to know the software and components isn't a problem for me, I like to learn stuff like that. (Complexity+Freedom)>(Easy to use+Limited) imo.
This is plenty. I use an old laptop with an i5-2540M cpu and 4GB of ram, with an ancient M-Audio fast track pro, and Reaper works just fine. I have 3.8ms of latency if i remember correctly. I use Amplitube 4, ez-mix and lepou plugins for guitar, and its actually all i use for home playing. I get better tones than with my practice amp. You might wanna shell out another 100€ or so for some entry level studio monitors, the sound on those is still much better than on normal computer speakers.
As far as Jet Ctiy amps go, i have a JCA50 head, and i love it, but its more of a one trick pony. The clean channel is hardly clean, especially if you dig into the strings a bit or need some volume, so its more of a crunch channel. The overdrive is good for the kind of music you want to play, but again, it does one kind of it. You would still need at least a multifx with it, if you want anything more than just bare bones 2 channel amp. Its great for band practice and giging tho, i still sometimes use it instead of my ENGL.
If i were you, id go down the software route. You can get an audio interface for about 150€, BIAS for less than 200€, and for the DAW, i would use Reaper (i actually use it all the time), and the license for that is around 60$ i think, altough if you dont mind the "trial perioid" messages, its actually free. So, for about 400-500€, you can get the interface+all the software you need. Software pitch sifters arent that great, so i guess count in the price for a Digitech D-tune or whatever its called. But you would need that with an amp as well.
So, around 400€ for everything you need to go the software route. Thats less than just the amp would cost you, or the same as about 2-3 decent effects pedals, ore one multifx pedal. So, its your pick really.
The other way you can also go is to get a modeler of some sort. The line6 HD500 is not bad, and now they started offering a Helix LT version, that goes for around 1000€. Considering how many different amp models and effects it has, its still a pretty good bargain, and you can import your own impulses, so it sounds a lot better than the HD500, and unlike the computer+software, its also meant to be used live.
Basicly, it all boils down to your budget, and your actual needs. The software route is the cheapest, but its also the hardest to get really good tones out of it. The slightly more expensive modeler route is, well, more expensive, but still not that much. The amp+pedals way is probably the most expensive, and it is also the most dificult to use in recording. But, you cant really beat a tone from a massive tube amp into a great cab, unless you go for the most expensive modeling amps out there, like Kemper.
Jeanpr002 First of all, multifx dont suck. They are used by many people, including professional musicians. The only reason people think they suck, is because the early ones from the 90s had bad sound quality, and because they are slightly harder to setup, since they have so many options. The line6 hd line or the boss gt 10 or gt100 are great pedalboards. The boss me-25 seems to be held in high regard here as well. I owned the Zoom G3, and it was a great little pedal, and would fit your need exactly. It has a bunch of effects as well as amp sims, and an xlr direct tout that you can plug straight into the pa.
As far as preamp pedals go, thats exacly what they are, preamps. But an actual guitar amp is made out of more than just the preamp, there is also the poweramp and the speaker. Without a speaker or cab, or a simulation of it, the preamp signal sounds like a swarm of bees mixed with a chainsaw, at least if you use any ammount of gain. Thats why you should use a full amp sim instead of just a preamp. The preamp pedal you are talking about, is designed to be pluged into a poweramp and played trough a guitar speaker, not straight into a PA. The reason for this sound difference is, that guitar cabs are not full range speakers, like PA speakeres are. They colour and shape the sound in their own way.
Ive often pluged stuff the other way around, and never have there been any issues. As long as you dont plug the amp speaker out into a pedal or something equaly stupid, you should be fine. What is your rig tho, maybe you have some weird specifics.
What you need is a modeling unit. A preamp pedal will sound horrible with any sort of gain, and i dont really understand the logic behind using a compressor... You need something that models the amp and cab and then plug that directly into the PA. A line6 pod of some sort should do the trick, maybe a hd300.
The best entry guitar is the Yamaha Pacifica. I played 3 of them a few months ago, all in the 200€ range, and i was blown away. I was considering taking one just for the hell of it. Maybe it was an anomaly, but i never played any other cheap guitars that were as good, and especially not 3 in a row, they are usually more like hidden gems in a bad crowd.
Yeah, at least get a behringer guitar link (probably the cheapest option out there). Or just get a dedicated audio interface, they arent that expensive, and they will save you a great deal of trouble and make it much easier to record everything else, if you ever want to. But pluging direct into your computer will not work, or at least work really badly, even with the asio4all drivers.
It worked, but to be honest, it was kinda a pain in the ass to get it on, and you had to be super careful about cable twisting. But it worked fine, and it was still miles above just letting the cables lie there.
33db I actually had a behringer FCB1010 pluged into my computer, running amplitube. I had the two expression pedals setup anyway i wanted, and it was usually one for wah and one for pitch. Or two whammys in a row, two wahs, and i even got it to control the other knobs on the effects. It wasnt THAT complex to setup after you spent some time researching MIDI, but there was still some midimagic involved. I guess if you are not computer savy it does seem like a pretty daunting task.
Anyway, OP, if you are willing to go down that road, it works. Grab an interface for 200$, and a FCB1010 for another hundred, and you are set to go, with whatever software you choose to use. Its just not very usable. Its a nice gimick and can be a lot of fun, but i never actually managed to use it in a somehwat musical context.
I used to have a zoom G3, and you had to setup the output level on that one so that the signal was at the same level as it was, when the pedal was not in the chain. iirc it was somewhere in the global settings, but i could be wrong. The best thing to do would be to read the manual.
I can't speak for your venues. We have a lot of venues that don't have backlines (or that have such ratty backlines we wouldn't touch them), and a lot more of them these days are willing to run you direct from a modeler into the PA mixer, and they're very happy NOT to have to mike you up. Since I set up patches in my modelers using headphones and studio monitors, I want something that's as close to full-range as possible reproducing those patches.
You can always turn off cabinet modeling, and you may as well turn off amp modeling at that point as well and just use the Kemper as a very expensive FX unit direct into whatever backline amps are available. IMHO, however, it's mostly pointless having a Kemper at that point.
Again, your mileage may vary. I can't think of an instance where I really thought it would be a brilliant idea to have a power amp IN the modeler itself.
Most of the venues i played at have their own cabs. If not, we usually play with other bands, so we share cabs to keep the equipment count and turnover for the next band down to a minimum. Also, most of the venues have shitty monitors, so more often than not, the only way you can hear guitars is from your own cab. Obviously i would send the direct signal to the mixer, but i would use the cab to actually hear myself play, not mic it up. That would be just stupid. And obviously, using a full range speaker, i would not be able to use the cabs that are at the venue or are lent to me by other bands.
The same goes for our band practice space. The PA there is severely, lets just say, shitty. So pushing the kemper trough that would just suck all the joy out of it.
And i would of course not even think about the powered version, if i had a bunch of power amps lying around. I, however, do not. I dont even have a rack case to keep the things in. So its either get an unpowered version and a separate poweramp, or the powered one. And seeing as how the only reason i am getting one is, because i wanna keep the ammount of gear that i have to a minimum, as well as minimize the setup time and simplify switching, the powered one makes more sense to me.
dspellman Its because i have a cab, and i dont have a full range speaker monitor basically. Also, venues where i usually play tend to have guitar cabs, so it doesnt really make sense to lug around a separate speaker for that. But i get what you are saying. But wouldnt turning of the turning of the cab part of rig make the kemper sound like a normal amp trough my cab? I have a decent cab, so it should sound good?
Im getting more and more sold on the powered version tho. Just cause its more convenient, even if it is slightly more expensive.
Like gerdner said, knowing what exact vocal classification you are, is important only in classical singing, in other areas its pretty much completely irrelevant. Also, the vocal type is note determined only by the range you can hit, but also by the timbre of your voice. So no other way than to get a vocal coach.
I would say, get a vocal coach in any case. It will help you a lot. Sure, you dont NEED one, but learning from youtube videos is slow and frustrating at best, and downright dangerous at worst. You have to be careful not to do an excercise wrong, and since you dont have anyone to correct you, you might cause damage to your voice, if you continue to sing wrong. Sadly, singing is not like guitar playing, where you can see what the other person is doing exactly. Its more about the feelings and internal mechanics of the body, and that is pretty much impossible to learn trough videos.
So i decided im finally gonna pull the trigger on a Kemper next month. I recently played one that a friend owns, and i was blown away by it. I do however wanna have the option of playing it trough a cab. For gigs and recording i plan to go direct into PA or interface, but i want to be able to have a cab for practice and stage. I was planing on getting the rack version and then some sort of power amp, probably a roctron velocity 100 or something similar, that takes up 1u and is pretty cheap. On the other hand, if the powered version is much better than the lower end poweramps, i might go with that. But i dont wanna spend like 300-400€ more on the powered version, if the sound of the built in poweramp isnt substantialy better than the rocktron. Also, i guess a separate poweramp gives me more versatility anyway, since if i really dont like it, i can always swap it. But the added convenience of a built in amp is certainly tempting.
Ideally nowhere. But if thats not an option, probably before any distortion, wahs or whatever. It relies on tracking your guitar, and if you put a bunch of effects on the signal before it reaches the pedal, you are gonna have more problems than you already have.
An employee of my dads went missing one day. His wife told him she was leaving him for another guy, so he left some sort of suicidey note and went to the woods or something. Came back 3 days later. He is still alive and now has like the 5th smoking hot girlfriend since his wife left. And hes like 55 or something, its amazing.
Also, my moms cousin. He isnt actually missing, but after his dad, my grandmothers brother died, he just dissapeared from our lives. They used to be pretty close, since its a really tight knit family, and then he was just gone. Now nobody knows where he lives, and the entire family has no contact info on him. So who knows, maybe he died.