I don’t have time to type right now, but here are the images from the analysis for a 2 Channel Orange, 3 Channel Vintage on ch 2, and 3 Channel Vintage on ch 3. The responses of the 2 Channel Orange and 3 Channel Vintage on ch 2 are very close. Other factors could influence the differences between them.
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Tags: amp, Boogie, Dual Rectifier, filter, Mesa, Presence, Settings, Tone, Vintage
Tags: amp, Boogie, design, Dual Rectifier, engineering, filter, Mesa, Presence, Vintage
I very quickly drew the negative feedback filter controlled by the presence control when using Vintage mode on a 2001 3 Channel Dual Rectifier. The red line represents the -3 dB half boost mark from the point of the most filtering. I tried drawing the entire phase inverter, but it didn’t make a difference on the plots, so I removed it and kept it simple.
R2 is being instructed to act as a variable resistor with 11 points to represent each 30 degrees of travel from 0 -10 on the control. Anytime a part of the plot goes below the red line, the feedback is lessened by quite a bit and those frequencies pass the phase inverter more easily. The maroon line on each picture is representing the control being at maximum and a massive amount of the frequency band is passing easily. (more…)
Tags: amp, Boogie, design, Distortion, Dual Rectifier, engineering, Mesa, overdrive, tube
In some of the articles, I made statements regarding a possibility of mild power amp drive, because I had not had time to really dig into the power amp to confirm or deny it, and due to the sound of Modern mode. The power amp does not overdrive. If you come across anything relating to this, any descriptions should be discarded if they contradict the following paragraphs.
Modern has some distortion present, but it isn’t clipping distortion; It’s regular ol’ harmonic distortion, which is otherwise known as “the tube sound”. I don’t have time or energy to get into it, but the power amp is designed to stay as clean as possible, but tubes do not always amplify in a “linear” way. This adds curvature to the sound waves, distorting them by bending (coloring the sound). (more…)
Tags: clipping, Distortion, Dual Rectifier, eq, Harmonics, Modern, Negative feedback, Presence, Settings, Vintage
The idea was to take Vintage on Channel 2 and make it sound very similar to Modern on Channel 3. The results ended up being very close, but I didn’t have the time to completely match the EQ (for the most anal of comparisons). The overall response was what I was going for and that is achieved. (more…)
Tags: amp, Anode, cold clipping, design, Distortion, dual, Dual Rectifier, engineering, Gain, Mesa, Mod, modification, rectifier, Tube amp, voicing
The purpose of the article about changing the anode resistor value was to improve the clean channel and smooth the dirty channels. That is exactly what it will do, but I wanted to talk about conceptual ideas regarding this change. I’m going to use pedals for illustration and then translate that over to tube amplifiers.
I used to build guitar pedals and I’ve spent a lot of time cascading circuits into each other. While transistors and op amps react differently than tubes, the overall result on dynamics is similar from one component to another. (more…)
Tags: 6L6, 6L6GC, amp, bias, Boogie, Dual Rectifier, engineering, GT, Mesa, Plate Current, Range, Ruby, Sovtek, Tube amp, tubes
(Note: During the initial 5 year period of warranty, using tubes other than those branded by Mesa will void the warranty of your amp. This article is meant for people who have amps which are not under warranty.)
Mesa’s 6L6GC STR tubes are manufactured in China for Ruby Tubes. It is a reproduction of the classic Sylvania 6L6GC STR. Mesa buys a big batch from Ruby, tests them, keeps the tubes that meet their requirements, and sends back the tubes which fall out of range. Ruby’s matched version of this same tube is the 6L6GCMSTR. It costs considerably less than Mesa’s tubes. (more…)
Tags: amp, Dual Rectifier, EHX, JJ, Mesa, Ruby, Settings, Sovtek, Tone, Tube amp, tubes
(Edit: I confused some 6L6 sub-types in the original article, which I don’t think is hard to do).
I ran across this article about Sovteks and how the rating charts for several tube brands compare. I am needing tube replacements and this seems pretty handy for finding tubes that fall into Mesa’s bias range for their 6L6GC.
I’ve been using Ruby 6L6GCMSTR, which is an excellent tube, and I will likely stick with it, but these others have piqued my interest in differences between the sub-types. (more…)
Tags: amp, amps, Boogie, classic rock, Dual Rectifier, eq, Mesa, rectifier, Settings, Tube amp
I’ve been experimenting with making Channel 3 a fuzz tone for a long time, but recently got just the setting I wanted. This kind of setting gets close to “Dazed And Confused” and sounds good with “Purple Haze”. Being tube, instead of transistor, it’s a little softer, but the Presence can dial in the edge a person needs for fuzz bliss.
The way that old, germanium transistor fuzzes would clip is awfully close to the way the cold clipping circuit works in these Marshall/Soldano types of circuits and the Recto has the bottom end to really sound huge.
I found this Channel 2 Raw setting to be a match for the fuzz tone. It’s bright, with plenty of bottom, and crunches up quite nicely. Both dirty channels get cleaner as guitar volume is rolled back, but, like a Tonebender, Channel 3 never gets “squeaky clean”, but it does make a nice half-clean sound, since the treble is flattened.
I hope this helps. Enjoy.
Tags: amp, amps, Boogie, clipping, Cold, cold clipping, design, dual, Dual Rectifier, engineering, harmonic distortion, Harmonics, Mesa, Mod, modification, rectifier, Third, Tube amp, V2b
I know I previously stated I would discontinue writing about mods, but this one has been in the back of my head for a long time. A lot of the grind produced by the cold clipping stage is due to the presence of third harmonics (H3). By forcing the idle point to be so close to grid current limiting, the amount of information loss from the distortion is going to produce it.
Yesterday, I was playing around with the Trioda load line program and found an interesting effect. With the parameters set about where the resistances would be for V2b, the cold clipping stage, I was adjusting the cathode value. As the cathode resistance moves from 39k to 10k, the amount of H3 falls to an amount which would become inaudible. (more…)