mercoledì 31 luglio 2013

All my clean presets!

Since i tested my new Piezo 7 preset

with my 6 string and i found it working really well, i decide to retire the old 6 string version:

and make room for this one:

that friends call the 'Stomper'.

The stomper is my setup to use external stomp boxes (overdrive etc) the way Joe Satriani and many others do: a clean channel with the gain to go nothing more than a very little dirt. I use the amp eq knobs as a 'post gain' eq to boost the mids and cut through the mix.

I kept the Chorus version of the 6 String version.

Now add to the set the four horseman: my Metal Clean v2

Nothing more that a 57 deluxe basic preset that i feel it really gets out the tone and attitude of the guitar, with a lot of warm and with a soft attack (all other preset have an hard, punchy,compressed  attack). It can go anywhere from Metallica arpeggios to bassy Jazz tone just with the 'work'

This is my actual amp preset list:

In the background you can see the Stomper, gain at 4, mids at 10 and bass at 7. As a bonus you can find the overdrive in my classic Tube Scream like mode!

martedì 30 luglio 2013

Re tuning every preset

While I wrote the effect guide I made some discover so, after I made some test, I started tweaking every preset, actually for reverb  type and delay settings.

With the right reverb every thing sound even better.

I uploaded my new piezo 7 preset, now with small room reverb and a little 20% delay.
Sounds really good for 'a change of season ' but I really like it for 'Wasting love' arpeggios.

I must say that this preset was originally intended for the 7 string guitar and also the RGD witch is very bassy, but this new version sounds really good also on the SZ, not only with the central position (both HB single splitted) but also with the full humbucker.

Maybe i will free the Piezo 6 slot for something else...

Here is the link

giovedì 18 luglio 2013

The most Metal reverb: Fender '63!

Ok, last night i had a session of experiment with some funny info i collected for the guide.

I give a test to all the delays to better understand it.

But the surprise was with the reverbs!

I usually use small and large room, sometime ambience with some setting that needs to be widen.

I wanted my Satriani preset to sound "more vintage" so i replaced the small room reverb with the '63... What an hungry reverb! It really enance the high freq. I immediately test it with a more Metal sound... and this is the result:

I forgot to upload the previous version if someone want to test the difference, i will soon!

venerdì 12 luglio 2013

Reaper problem with Fender ASIO

The recording season is here again.

I know that Ableton comes free with the Mustang, but i found more confortable with simpler tools.

So i use Sonoma Riffworks T4 for the composition and Reaper for the "live" recording. Both are free!

Since i reinstall my PC with a brand new SSD disk i also installed Reaper, everything in 64bit flavor!

But Reaper crashed everytime i opened the config page for Fender ASIO.

The problem is Fender ASIO being 32bit only.

But good new is that you can swap Fender ASIO with the official ASIO4ALL and everything will fix ok!


giovedì 11 luglio 2013

Fender Mustang Preset - Drive Solo Chorus v4

My drive solo preset!

I always liked that evil high cutting sound, so i made one of this preset in anyplatform i use since the old Boss Vf1.

Basically is Treble all the way up both in the amp and in the stomp, a good amount of gain (never too much!) and a small cut for bass and mids. I use the American 90 (Mesa!) with SEG at the minimum but can be done pretty well with the METAL2000 too...

It is also a decent riff workhorse, i will say an allround rock metal patch.

This is v4 since i get the Mustang so it is a pretty mature preset. I gived it a good amount of dimension with a chrous and a wide type reverb.

Obviously i used the delay for double guitar effect!

Here is the link, since i am slowly uploading all my work ;)

And here is a picture:

mercoledì 10 luglio 2013

Fender Mustang Iron Maiden Preset


Tonight i uploaded a nice preset i made to play Losfer words from Iron Maiden.

In the beginning i made some test with the british models, but then i jump back to my classic tools:
Fender Bassman!

I choose my Tube Screamer "blues boost" setting on the OVERDRIVE stomp to feed a 7.5 of gain of the bassman. Put a lot of mids, a decent treble quantity of treble and a generous "almost 6" of bass.

Open up a bit with some presences and the most its done.

I did not double it delay or pitch shifter, that was rich enough.

But the lesson i learn today was somewhere else.

For the first time i made an  use of the guitar volume in an overdriven environement.

I rolled the volume back a bit to find the right drive and response to my picking. I needed to pick the strings hard without mudding the chords and this was the right solution. The Mustang is very responsive to guitar volume and different picking and this is a lot of fun, but you need to manage it correctly to sound best.

Maybe this could be done in other way: stomp box level or amp gain, but i choose the guitar volume and it tooks me where i want.

The other thing is reverb. I tried the Hall reverbs but everything gets a bit muddy so i got back to the beloved spring models and with the good amount i got the feeling i wanted.

The preset, with my Ibanez SZ, is a close match but with some difference , a little bit more modern sounding (a 5% :) ) and a little bit thick&grind just the way i like it!

Here is the link to download the preset:

And this is a screenshot:

Enjoy and up the Irons!