Join Date: May 2003
Location: London, England
Re: What makes up the core satriani tone?
Studio tones are impossible to nail because microphones, placement, mic pres, AD/DA converters and algorithms (as well as any eqing, exciting, expanding, compressing etc) all add to the tone.
Live sounds are achievable (seeing the guy live, not a live album which is treated the same way as a studio album) and are not so difficult to achieve, and aren't usually as 'amazing or mystifying' as studio albums. It's the players touch that will make them sound like themselves regardless of sound.
I think the main point with a lot of players is the power amp section. Your amp has to be at a hefty volume to achieve these sounds, and get all the sustain and warmth they have.
This is why we struggle to achieve the great sounds these guys have, because bedroom levels are not good enough.