venerdì 28 ottobre 2016

The Fender DSP processor

There is a topic goin on in the Fender Forum that leaded me to doing some search.

The Fender DSP technology, any amp with that, is all based on the same little board with small upgrades and modification. Main components are a DSP56725 from freescale and an ARM from ST,

the tone pot

For many years i didnt use none of the control on the guitar. No volume, no tone.

Lately i started learning and experimenting.

Yesterday i was playng with this tone:

the version with the chorus, dont know if the one uploaded has...

As i've wrote before since i can remember i've always used a clean tone that mimic certain characters of a pizo sound. Just think that popping defined attack, very clean and acustic.

With my previous gear i used a Jazz Chorus modeling amp and a compression set to get that attack sound that clean with the high gain humb i use. Later i've starded using some neck humb that allow me some alternative.

But i usually work with the tone of the amp rather than the tone on the guitar.

Actually the latest version of my piezo preset is a Deluxe (the cleanest amp i could find in the Mustang) with the compression placed after the pre. Add some mid scooping and a fair amount of treble and bass.

Yesterday i've (for the first time) experimented with the tone pot and this preset and the result was pretty surprising. The deluxe model handle really well the changes. Really change the character of what you are playing moving from my bright piezo tone to darker acustic sounds to something that reming arpeggios in metallica and finally ending in to a dark jazzy tone. All with the same guitar and the same preset.

So, my suggestion is: experiment with your tone pot and your 'stang, and, why not, give a try to my piezo tone!

mercoledì 12 ottobre 2016

Liquid Solo Delay preset updated

Yesterday i update my Liquid Solo preset, i realize it is a keeper but i decided to add in a nice ambience delay.

martedì 4 ottobre 2016

Dream Theater - Breaking All Illusions Solo - AKA Prog Solo Preset

Recently the monkey of "Breaking all illusions" from Dream theater has climbed on my back. Not that i did not heard the song before but suddenly it has grown and has became one of my favorites songs...

I was already on the main riff and i've started learning the solos. Tone-wise there is much here. The first Solo, around 6 minutes of the song is a very "liquid" tone, then separated by an arpeggio there a less aggressive solo with a matching tone.

I was starting a tone from scratch but when i try to play some slice of the solos with my Prog Solo preset i found it was already good enough. It just needed some tweak on the overdrive stomp to become my masterpice. The trick is:

Riff parts with the bridge humbacker
Solo I with the neck humbacker
Solo II also neck but roll down the volume knob on the guitar to half or less and pick really gently. I guess you will find how much gently.

Here is the link to download it:

(as usuale rate and comment if you download anything!)

Some note here: my neck PU is not the best for liquid tones so was a surpries to hear it works so well. Another surprise was how much the mustang react to volume and touch change. Really good, my old pony!

Some word on the final tweak: the overdrive is near or less setted to my Tubescreamer configuration. Just some more mids that was already there and lately added just a bit of gain to touch the perfection.

Actually the delay is used to double the guitar (0ms 1 repat 100% volume), i would like to make a version of the preset with the PS for double the sound and the delay used as a delay.

I was also tempted by working out the same tone without the overdrive pedal in front. I have plenty of gain on the amp but trebles are already maxed so i dont know it is possible.

Here is how i tweaked the amp:

Sound nice but i prefer using the stomp (disabled in this version).