Recording triple rectifier
I've been learning how to use and record triple recto over past 5 months. I had some passable results. Since I am also reading about it a lot, I am getting confused by everyone saying rectifier series only sounds good when recorded loud.
I mean, overall, this is true from my experience - if you run it at the volume of a TV set, it sounds almost worse then amp modeling (still more alive and warmer then the best model, but flabbier and thinner). As output reaches 10 or 11 oclock with channel volume set to 10 or 11 oclock (I use vintage for everything), there is an "opening up" feeling like the body of the sound floods inside the speakers and fills them up. I think the sweetest sound I got was with the amp set to about that range. But I keep hearing that the elusive "best" distorted tone is when you set master volume to like 3 o'clock or further with channel volume about the same, and gain turned down to 10 o'clock or less?
I tried that so many times, but it sounds like ****! Dry, lifeless, forced, the speakers start farting and the power amp starts having trouble pushing all the obscene amounts of bass at that volume, even with bass totally cut. Because it's loud, there are also massive reflections from all surfaces which muddies up the sound even further. Low gain results in almost no saturation, so you can hear the strings really loud and separate, and it sounds really harsh. All in all, a recto with gain turned down and master volume cranked past 2 is just a wash of mids and highs, can't even tell one note from another even though the string sounds come through. So is the public opinion seriously telling me that I'm supposed to record this way, or am I misunderstanding something?
Last edited by guitarpirate; 09-04-2011 at 04:03 AM.