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    The New Tone Thread

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    Post and Discuss Guitar Tones!

    Here's my first contribution.

    This is not intended as a great guitar tone (it's not);
    I'm just pointing out an amp / technique characteristic that I was attending to today in the interest
    of perhaps discussing some of the elements of what makes up (or perhaps ruins) a good tone.

    I used the same tone settings throughout the sample, however I struck the strings harder as the track evolved.
    The notes at the beginning end up being pretty clean, where there is considerable breakup in the chords at the end.

    A lot of amp sims demonstrate that playing the guitar with the guitar's volume turned down halfway results in clean notes,
    and pleasing distortion is introduced when the guitar is turned up full.

    This tone example demonstrates that a sensitive amp will also respond favorably based just on picking intensity.

    I had the guitar volume turned up full for the duration of the recording.

    Pardon my poor playing, this is just to illustrate the effect:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/65994164/Sound%201.wav

    Please post some of yout tone samples and discuss, if you like.
    Last edited by Telegram Sam; 03-25-2012 at 22:32.

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    If you want this to actually be useful, post up details about your amp, amp settings, cab, speakers, mic, mic position, signal path, effects (if any)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telegram Sam View Post
    Post and Discuss Guitar Tones!

    Here's my first tone sample.
    It's not so much to demonstrate a great tone, as to point out a technique characteristic that I was attending to today.
    I used the same tone settings throughout the sample, however I struck the strings harder as the track evolved.
    The notes at the beginning end up being pretty clean, where there is considerable breakup in the chords at the end.
    I had the guitar volume turned all the way up for the whole piece.
    Pardon my poor playing, this is just to illustrate the effect:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/65994164/Sound%201.wav

    Please post some of yout tone samples and discuss, if you like.
    As far as tone goes, the piece lacks any body to it, unless that's what you were after? I like chorusy sounds like that - very 80s/90s indie, but a bit thin for my tastes. Like Greg said, post up the details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L View Post
    If you want this to actually be useful, post up details about your amp, amp settings, cab, speakers, mic, mic position, signal path, effects (if any)
    Good point, please be somewhat detailed about how you are getting your bitching toans...

    2011 Fender Jeff Beck Strat - Bridge P/U

    Axe FX II
    Matchless Chieftan Amp Sim
    Drive 5.7, Master 10, Boost "off"
    EQ is not worth posting.

    2x12 cab Sim
    U87 cond mic Sim

    Recorded direct with Sony Sound Forge 10

    My main interest in this first test was how well a modeler duplicate the dynamics of a tube amp.
    I'm pretty pleased so far, it is very responsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba po View Post
    As far as tone goes, the piece lacks any body to it, unless that's what you were after? I like chorusy sounds like that - very 80s/90s indie, but a bit thin for my tastes. Like Greg said, post up the details.
    Yeah, the tone is pretty scratchy to me too, but I had to start somewhere.
    Guess mebbe I should have come up with a good tone to start my thread about tones.
    But, I was more thinking about pointing out at the beginning how something as simple as playing
    technique can have a profound influence on the tone.

    It's not going to be an easy thing to nail down.

    I'll put up a killer tone next time...

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    @kidkage - maybe it is a security setting.

    Post some tones everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telegram Sam View Post
    Good point, please be somewhat detailed about how you are getting your bitching toans...

    2011 Fender Jeff Beck Strat - Bridge P/U

    Axe FX II
    Matchless Chieftan Amp Sim
    Drive 5.7, Master 10, Boost "off"
    EQ is not worth posting.

    2x12 cab Sim
    U87 cond mic Sim

    Recorded direct with Sony Sound Forge 10

    My main interest in this first test was how well a modeler duplicate the dynamics of a tube amp.
    I'm pretty pleased so far, it is very responsive.
    I suspected it was a modeller, but I didn't wanna call you out. It doesn't sound very good to me. Really thin and lacks air. I don't think it did a good job of duplicating a tube amp at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L View Post
    I suspected it was a modeller, but I didn't wanna call you out. It doesn't sound very good to me. Really thin and lacks air. I don't think it did a good job of duplicating a tube amp at all.
    That wasn't really the point of my post, but, OK.... thanks for the input.

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    I wasn't trying to be harsh. Just giving an opinion. I've used modellers before. Sometimes they can be very good and fool even the most hardcore tone snobs. Maybe you just need to keep tweaking it.

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