Originally Posted by joeydahlia
Please post a small clip...I am very curious to hear this mesa stuff..
My Mesa kills. Sadly, my sound card does not, so it loses a lot in the recording process. But, you've already heard some of it - a track you asked me to post ages back (that, as I recall, you actually liked) was done with my Nomad 45 with the gain back a bit, and my old 7620.
"A Pagan's Prayer" over at http://www.purevolume.com/drewpeterson
was cut with channel 3 modern, gain back. The rest of the stuff was done with my J-Station (ages ago, before I bought my Nomad), which is actually a bit more organic than many of the modelers I've tried/heard. It's a good tool, but it's no match for a real amp, IMO - WAY to compressed and bass-heavy (I had to sue models designed for 4x12's with 1x12's to get the low end within manageable limits - otherwise, an external EQ is mandatory).
Check it out - the tone isn' quite perfect (I was never 100% sold on that Tone Zone 7, so the lower mids are a bit tubbier than I'd really like) and I cut this after a period of not playing very much so my chops are a little shaky, but it's not super shreddy stuff, anyway.
It's also worth noting that the amp was running so quietly when I did this that I had to throw away my first take at the intro melody because the mic (close mic'd against a speaker, with a cheapo $30 radio shack mic, another source of trouble in the tonal chain
) was picking up my watch rattling on the vibrato'd sustained notes.
You might remember this as the song I threw together before you got banned over at www.guitarwar.com
I'm in the market for a new computer - after I redo my recording setup I'm sure I'll be posting some new material (I'm all fired up to record, since I did this I've picked up a UVPWH and an RG7CST, and both guitars are just inspirations to play), and you'll hear what a properly recorded quality tube amp can sound like.
Either way, between my tone here and your tone above, I'll take mine hands down, even in light of all it's "weaknesses" - far more organic, IMO.
Edit- ALC has a lot of stuff on it from a Mesa Rocket-44, forgot about that, lol. Bonus points to anyone who can pick apart what's J-Station and what's Mesa on that one, as I spent a LOT of time trying to dial up a J-Station tone that was a close match for the Rocket.