So what would a basic rack consist of? Just a preamp and a power amp?I use rack gear, because it's versatile and the switchability is easy (doesn't cost extra, MIDI), depending on what specific units you use. Also, yes I like the looks of all the blinking lights. Seriously, I like that you can seperate your preamp section from your poweramp, and that you can control everything via a MIDI pedal. It's like constructing your own best-of-the-best effects processor. It's up to you how detailed you get with it.
I'm able to use an Engl tube preamp which I think has a great clean and distortion. I'm not limited in the power section. If I want to go budget with no hassles and never have to change my power tubes, I can get a 200 watt solid state power amp. If I don't play shows I can pair my Engl preamp with a Mesa/Boogie 20/20 power amp and have tube warmth at bedroom volumes. It's this versatility that is nice.
Also, it all fits within a rack, so you have your own protection case for your amp. The only problem is that you have to organize your wiring and it's probably best to use a straight 4x12 rather than angled, because racks are deep. Soundwise, there's room for arguing. I'll use either, I'm actually not biased, but I am one of the minority of guitar players today that uses an all-rack setup. Those are some of my reasons.
I also agree with Elcid and you Dee. Some of the best tones I've heard from people is a guitar plugged straight into a cranked up amplifier.I agree with Elcid, pretty much. Keep it simple -- that's the key to good tone. The more effects, the more the signal is filtered through tons of crap and the weaker it gets.
Thanks bro. I will take a look soon, only I don't have a midi interface right now so there's no point in downloading presets. Thanks, though! I am currently working on a Holdsworth lead sound, and actually I've gotten fairly close!Hey Dee, there is a vamp group on yahoo I joined after getting my vamp that has lots of presets you can download, and a lot more info regarding the various vamp products, what want to check that you.
Indeed--I have a VERY flexible rack setup that allows me to run two different preamps (JMP-1/MP-1) through a Marshall EL84 20/20. Great EL84 low-volume breakup and two different voicings, with one side wet, one side dry.I went through the rack thing and now I'm back to just a head. I like the simplicity.
Racer hows your routing? I am also running a JMP1/MP1--G Major--Peavy 50/50 classic but Im not using both pre's because I havent played with the routing, I want a G system so I can get over that easy but how are you running it?Indeed--I have a VERY flexible rack setup that allows me to run two different preamps (JMP-1/MP-1) through a Marshall EL84 20/20. Great EL84 low-volume breakup and two different voicings, with one side wet, one side dry.
However, it's a lot easier just plugging into my Hughes & Kettner heads and tearing the paint off the walls...
I think the Peavey Rockmaster was tube-powered. It's no longer produced, but you might be able to get your paws on a used one. It's fairly inexpensive (between 100-150 used)Anyone give any suggestions for tube-powered preamps. All I've seen is Mesa. I didn't know if anyone else makes them.
Goes like this:Racer hows your routing? I am also running a JMP1/MP1--G Major--Peavy 50/50 classic but Im not using both pre's because I havent played with the routing, I want a G system so I can get over that easy but how are you running it?
Added: For live sound I did have POD/Digitech/all that floor mod stuff, it sounded good plugged into the pc but not live. I like the punch of rack and tubes =)