Posts Tagged ‘Negative feedback’

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…)

June 2016- I realize the flow of this article could use some work.  I have plans to reorganize it at another time.  

We’ve looked at the input and Clean, the Mode voicing and Gain control, V2 and V3EQ and modes and Presence.  I am going to bring it all together and take a less detailed, wider, view of the system as a whole.  I’m concentrating on Channels 2 and 3, since they are the primary identity; the “Recto” sound.

Additionally, I’m going to cover a little bit about the power amp, even though I have not concentrated on it in my writing this year.  I think the intention of Mesa when designing it is misunderstood.

I’m going to be making certain assumptions based on the overall design and historical precedents in guitar amplifiers and Mesa designs.  I could be wrong, but I am presenting it the way I best understand it, based on how everything interacts, and considering the differences between this amp and others much like it.  Mesa tends to tune their amps by ear, so some of the effects from changes may be unintentional or accidental.  That doesn’t negate the actual effects from being valid points innovation on the design.

For filter analysis, I’m using the Okawa website.

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Tonight, I tried some different setups between my Recto and a Line 6 Pod X3 Live.  I was trying to get a good headphone mix for silent playing.  The “Slave Out” was making noise and I switched to using a send from my Nova System to the X3.  I found the similarities between the modes to be quite minimal.  It was striking, really. (more…)

My current main gear is a LTD AX-2E and a 2006 Mesa Dual Rectifier.  I’ll speak briefly about each:

The LTD was second-hand and had EMG 81/85 when I acquired it.  I later swapped the EMG out for Duncan’s JB/Jazz set.  This is probably the best “cheap” guitar I’ve ever owned.  It’s odd shaped, but the ebony fretboard with neck-through design is awesome.

The Mesa DR is their original three channel design.  It’s often vilified as a less desirable amp than the 2 channel originals; especially now that the new design is out.  My amp is not modified, but I may jump the effects loop to make it serial.  I use Clean, Raw, and Modern with Bold and Vacuum settings.  It’s a trade off.  In a few years, I might switch to a Reborn Recto, just to have silicon on the Modern mode and 50W on the Raw. (more…)