- Mar 11, 2009
- Reaction score
When you listen to Van Halen 1 it has the extra gainy sound to begin with
I get what you mean but I personally don't agree. VH1 is brighter and crisper, ya. Chalk that up to D120s and/or a ceramic magnets pickup or just pre/post EQ and micing. Lots of theories. Eddie and the band have both commented at times that the guitar was very bright in the room during tracking. Ed never liked that sound, from all I have heard him say of it. Then again, the way he constantly changed stuff up, it seems he never found quite whatever he was after, anyway.
I think JBLs in the mix really nail that sound and the Sunset Sound isolated tracks, to me, reinforce that - however, I know there's a potential timeline issue with that cab having the D120 speakers during the time of tracking. Then again, Ed always changed things up. Maybe he had them in for the tracking, everyone in the band commented about the brightness, which he also didn't like, and he took them back out after. Nothing unusual for him to swap stuff in and out day to day.
In any case, I don't at all think that first album has a modded or 50W amp sound, on top of all that other brightness enhancing stuff. I'm not trying to give the Ossie guy a hard time, I respect his work. I just think he's either using too many tricks at the same time to get the crispness and over-doing it or the amp is modded or just has the wrong gain / feel being a 50W. ...or even post processing, like I said? I don't know.
VH1's guitar sound is brighter and crisper than the following albums, absolutely, but it's still tight and clear and clean. Extremely defined. Not overly squished, congested, or fizzy to the point where things get sloshy.