Let's hear your playing through your rig

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  1. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

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    Here's another one.

    This is a song from what should have been the "rebirth" of my late 80's/early 90's band, 8 days after. We wrote a batch of songs, went into the studio and recorded them, but the vocalist/lyricst Dennis was having vocal chord problems - turned out he has polyps (?) on his chords. He basically dropped off the Earth after we recorded an EPs worth of material. Bummer, too, because I LOVE the songs.

    We added a keyboardist to the line-up, Dianna Mills. She really brought a depth to the songs with her paino and organ parts. Drums were by my current drummer, Vance. Bass was by a fellow named Rich. It was looking to be a solid line-up and release. We even had a couple of "labels" (said lightly, because what denotes a label these days?) interested, but it all dried up :(

    Anyway, for me, this is ALL Gretsch (again) and the Helix. The verses are played on a Duo-Jet w/Filtertrons. The choruses are played on a Gretsch Pro-Jet with minibuckers. The leads are done on the Duo-Jet. All the amps are Vox-based models in the Helix....mostly AC15s with different cabs to tweak the tone.

    The acoustic guitar (which is not played well, but we left it because it had a "vibe" that matched the vocal) was done with a Fender Tim Armstrong. The bass was a MusicMan played through an Ampeg combo. Drums are Pearl Masters with Sabian AAX cymbals. The piano and organ were done via Arturia V-Collection 5 software.

    https://soundcloud.com/mdenman/tears-fall
     
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    I think am really getting the Kemper dialed in to get all of my old school tube tones now. Last week, I took these out with it:

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    My experience with modelers has been that most of them can do a good humbucker through a fire-breathing Marshall tone. But what separates the contenders from the pretenders for me is how well they can handle single coil tones, clean to mean. Although this is a crappy phone video, I think I have the Kemper dialed in pretty damn good for my Strats now.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/TYXFH7ZBo5GtWP3K3

    I am not missing my Carol-Ann all that much lately. :dude:
     
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    This is my stuff - recorded at a live gig through a Zoom R16 being used as the PA desk and re mastered afterwards. All original stuff, so be gentle. Rig is a home made 18 watt Fender-ish amp, Some tunes are my Gretsch, some are a Broadway. Haven't recorded with my LP as yet, as at the time I was all about the hollowbodies lol.
    https://soundcloud.com/the-zephyr-project
     
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    Well when you get off your ass and come over, I'll fix your "strat" single coil issue right quick.
     
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    I have no problem with my Strats, or Teles, or Les Pauls or even my Gretsch when I am plugging into the Kemper. They all kill it. :dude:

    Yes, we do need to get together. We just recently fired our bass player so I have been busy with extra rehearsals and re-writing set lists. Plus my international and out of state clients for my real job have had me traveling all over. Let me check my schedule and I will call you and we will set up something soon.
     
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    Here's a risky one....

    This one is ALL me - even the vocal. That's my weakest area, and the one I have been the most focused on improving over the last few months. Anyway....this is a simple tune I wrote in 1990 about a girl I had a crush on in my art class in HS. Her name was Sue (duh) - I thought a song would be a clever way to get her to notice me. I discovered that a lot of girls aren't keen on you having songs about them. Oh well, it was a decent tune and my band played it in our set until 2005. The original was just acoustic/vocal, the band version was heavier, and this version is - I don't know, different....

    Gear?

    ALL guitars are a PRS S2 Standard 22. I used various pickup positions for the different textures I needed. I LOVE this guitar - I have planned to put Fralin Twangmasters in it, but dig it so much I haven't...yet.

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    The bass was done with my trusty German-made Warwick FNA Jazzman. I LOVE that bass. The tones are awesome. I used helix Native, and a rig based on the Mesa M9 Carbine (Cali Bass) with a 6x10 Cali Power cab model (stock L6 IR).

    The guitars were done on the Helix Rack, using the "Derailed Ingrid" model. I used (2) 1x12 Cali EXT (stock L6 IR) cab models. These are representative of the Boogie Thiele-aligned cabs loaded with EVM12L speakers. I "mic" one cab with an R121 close, and the second cab with a U87 from 6"-8" (I increase the early reflections to give more room sound).

    In order to get the gain in the "sweet spot" for what I wanted, I used gain blocks to CUT input gain into the amp. Those cuts ranged from -2.7dB for my main lead sound to -17dB for the "clean" tones. It was an interesting exercise in achieving tone, but I was MORE than pleased.

    Effects depend on the part. I have some auto-wah in there - I think I used the "Mutant Filter" for that. There is a little of the Roland Space Echo, as well as my standard '63 Spring Reverb.

    Anyway, here's the tune....

    https://soundcloud.com/mdenman/sues-smile
     
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