Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Mesa/Boogie Rectifier Recording Pre or Triaxis?
Ummm - the TriAxis has absolutely ridiculous amounts of overdrive/distortion if you desire it - I DON'T play metal/hard rock music, so the more extreme settings I just haven't explored - but to give you a clue, for the most gritty tones I ever needed, it was a '57 reissue Les Paul on one of the lead channels with the drive and pre-amp level set to about 3.5 - this got me a sort of super tight, vintage Marshall sort of drive which just seemed to sit beautifully in any mix (particularly double tracked then panned hard right and hard left) - likewise, this sort of setting, but with the output level set a little higher was fantastic for any overdriven lead sounds I wanted. The triaxis has several different lead sounds, using different methods of driving the tubes, so you can choose between slightly spongy brown sounds, and super tight, pointy lead/rhythm tones that demand super clean playing as they really, seriously show up every nuance of your playing.
Generally when recording, we'd run an Alesis compressor before the TriAxis to smooth out the guitar signal a touch, then straight through a Mackie desk (purely for monitoring convenience) and directly into Pro-Tools - in those days a Digi001 running a beta copy of ProTools LE 5.1 (the first 32 track version). For almost all th etracks, we eventually borrowed a friend's vintage guitar shop for a weekend, and re-amped all the guitar tracks through a Mesa Stereo 2:90 and a vintage Marshall quad, and an even more vintage Orange quad box - you could hear it for miles! IN the end we simply used the re-amped tracks to add a "room" sound to the tracks, and they sat just behind the direct recorded tracks, again panned hard right and hard left - great fun!
The TriAxis just doesn't do that scooped mid Rectifier sound that well (or at least I certainly could never find a setting that caught this sound), which is why they released the Rectifier Preamp - you can probably saturate the Rectifier Pre a little more, but God only knows why you'd need this much overdrive!
If you want to read up a bit, Mesa Boogie have all the user manuals downloadable as PDF documents from their website - that should tell you a bit about what each one is capable of.