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Resonant Electronic Field Effects

I once had a Chase Bliss Audio ‘Brothers’ pedal, which has a JFET Boost, Drive and Fuzz pedal and also an IC Fuzz, Drive and Boost pedal all in one and then choose to run those IC and JFET either A>B, B>A, or Parallel, and then with 33 total routing configurations.

But one had to choose between Fuzz, Drive and Boost on each side. And I really liked all 3 individual effects on the JFET side of the pedal. So now I’m sourcing the 3 individual pedals of that JFET side being the ‘Graviton Boost’, ‘Manifold Drive’ and ‘Acceleron Fuzz’ Field Effects by Resonant Electronic Design

JDM Pedals Fuzz 292

The key to our Custom Silicon Fuzz Pedal “Fuzz 292″ is a 3-way voicing switch; treble-boosted fuzz, a standard moderate gain voicing, and high gain fuzz-fever freakout. So at the flick of a switch, the Fuzz 292 changes it’s overall character and how it reacts to your picking and guitar volume knob adjustments.

In addition to the (naturally necessary) volume control and 3-way voicing switch, we’ve added a tone and gain control.

– The “bias” control shapes the character of the fuzz, bending the sound from a smooth, overdrive-like fuzz into a gated, “ripping velcro” fuzz tone (a la some of Homme’s best solo tones in QOTSA.)

– The “Gain” control acts just like the volume pot on your guitar – for a fuzz, this means it smooths the tone, providing a more overdrive-like quality. Or crank it for a blast of 60’s/70’s retro fuzz fry!
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Line 6 HX Effects

Crafted with eight capacitive footswtiches capable of running nine simultaneous effects taken from a bank of 128 presets and over 100 DSP effects from the Helix line as well as DL4, DM4, and more, the Line 6 HX Effects is one of the most accessible entryways into the world of high-grade multi-effects pedals. Almost infinitely tweakable, each individual LCD display lets users sculpt three individual parameters per effect, and for the fuzzheads in the audience, Line 6’s Transtronic technology faithfully emulates the specific characteristics of germanium and silicon transistors. An attractive, compact option for replacing an entire board.

HX Effects™ was created for guitarists and bassists who want our flagship Helix® effects for traditional amp and pedalboard setups. Powered by the same audio engine as Helix processors, HX Effects includes the full array of Helix effects plus legacy effects from the M-Series and Stompbox Modeler pedals. All in a compact pedal that fits easily on your pedalboard.

HX Effects gives you complete control when editing and crafting effects presets

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ProCo Vintage RAT

Pre-2003 model in 2019

Vintage RAT 1991-2005
As the vintage instruments market surged, demand grew for a reissue of the “large box” RAT pedal. The Vintage RAT can easily be identified from an original in two ways. First, the Pro Co logo does not contain the “Sound Inc.” text written down its right side. The reissue also features an easy access battery compartment on the pedal’s bottom.

For 25 years, discerning guitarists have used the Rat’s “magic” sound, its perfect blend of distortion, sustain and cutting power, usually found only at a volume too loud for club and studio work. Painstakingly researched and designed to produce a sound that is radically different from any “fuzztone” your have ever heard — a sound that sings and wails the blues, or spits and screeches the hardest rock’n roll. A sound that is as subtle as a vintage “twin”, or as bone crushing as a wall of those famous English stacks. The Rat’s smooth harmonic distortion and effortless sustain put the extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority and power.

Tune in just the right amount of overdrive, get the presence you need without any tinny treble, and balance the volume for the perfect extra “kick” for lead breaks. Distortion, sustain, fuzz, overdrive: the sound remains unmistakably yours. Not fake or gimmicky. Also the rat will not change the tone or power of your guitar when it is turned off; its true bypass switch disconnects it completely from the circuit when it is not in use, eliminating the loading effects common among other devices.

The Vintage Rat is a reissue of the original production models built circa 1977. It offers fat smooth distortion with effortless sustain. It gives a Marshall feel to Fender amps and humbucker muscle to single coil pickups. There is a wonderful natural compression to the Rat. As you search for your sound, you owe it to yourself to check out the Vintage Rat at great music stores everywhere.
VRAT Suggested Resale $149.95 RPS1 (Bat elim.) Suggested Resale $16.99

Electro-Voice TL806

The Electro-Voice TL806 low frequency loudspeaker system is a vented-box (bass-reflex) design with gross internal volume of 1.3 cu. ft. (36.8119005696 Liters) The system has been designed for use with the Electro-Voice EVM12L 12 inch loudspeaker. The usable frequency range of the TL806 is roughly 60 to 1600 Hz. The efficiency of the TL806 is 6% (half-space load, 100 to 800 Hz, 8 ohm nominal impedance) and as a result will generate outputs of 6 acoustic watts at the rated input of 100 watts.

The design provides a selection of two different low frequency response curves by the optional use of a removable port cover. In the normal configuration (port cover off) the response is flat down to the lowest possible frequency. In the step-down configuration (port cover on) the response exhibits a sloping gradual low frequency rolloff but with about a one-half octave extension of low end response. The step down mode of operation is intended to be used with simple before-the-power-amp equalization to flatten the response (only 6 dB maximum boost required, equalizer details available on request).


 
Part 2 and 3 here: Electro-Voice TL806 part 2 and 3

Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box

The ultimate tone from your tube amp – anywhere, at any volume
Premium analog reactive load box – 5 finely-tuned guitar amp attenuation levels – Rig control for instant album-quality mic and speaker cabinet emulations – UA Dynamic Speaker Modeling with speaker breakup and cone cry – Selectable 4, 8 and 16-Ohm operation – Front-panel headphone out – Balanced TRS line outs – Wi-Fi control from mobile devices – S/PDIF digital output – Rated for amps up to 150 W (200 W peak) – Built for years of home and studio use that includes 17 speaker cabinets, eight close mics and six room mics, as well as studio-grade compression, delay, EQ, and plate reverb. And at least one easter-egg (looper via foot-switch).

“OX is pre-approved by the Landlord Associations of the Americas, EU and Japan.
And all of your neighbors.
Especially that lady in 2B.”


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Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box Demo

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OX is a premium reactive load box and guitar recording system, giving you perfectly studio-miked amp sounds from your favorite tube amp. OX lets you play and record your amp in its sweet spots — from huge clean tones and edge-of-breakup to fully cranked — at any volume level, and with mic, room, and speaker cabinet emulations at the turn of a knob. Featuring Universal Audio’s breakthrough Dynamic Speaker Modeling, OX is the first system to accurately emulate speaker drive, breakup, and cone cry — making it the world’s finest speaker attenuator and guitar amp recording solution.

The five UA OX attenuation capabilities

Michael says “setting 5 = pretty minimal, setting 4 = -5db, setting 3 = -10db, setting 2 = -20db, setting 1 = -35db”
180125 manual says “Output Attenuation Amount: Six Steps (dB): 0, 6, 12, 24, 36, ∞ (speaker off)”
180220 manual says “Output Attenuation: Five Attenuation Steps and Speaker Off”

Mesa Boogie Express 5:50 Plus Amp Head

Since the rebirth of its predecessor, the Mesa Boogie Express, the Express Plus has acted as a diamond in the rough. I shouldn’t say it was love at first sight, given the front panel’s 15 knobs, 5-band EQ, and a host of intimidating switches, but nonetheless, I knew the Plus was an immense wiring improvement on the former clean channel and had a series effects loop which were my two greatest concerns.

Headroom was the name of the game as I was searching to find the right amp. The 5:50 Plus did more than just provide headroom, the clean voicing on channel one was glassy and pristine coupled by richness and depth. The Dyna-Watt patent opens up the clean’s potential by accessing 5,25, or 50 watt power. When the gain and master volume is cranked at 5w, a sparkly breakup occurs. Conversely, at 50w, breaking up is about as taboo as a long term relationship. The crunch voicing on channel one allows for great mid-gain edgy sounds comparable to a Wampler Triple-Wreck.

The blues voicing on channel two is a warmer version of clean voicing and has an increased amount of breakup at higher gain. The burn voicing can compete against any of the classic gain monsters on the Mesa line and beyond. This is especially true when cutting the mids on the 5-band EQ.

This amplifier had me at the clean channel. Everything else was just icing on the cake (and there’s a lot of icing). At 38lbs (5:25 at 27lbs), the 5:50 head is incredibly strong and durable. The all-tube spring reverb and equalization are individually programmed for each channel. The 5-band EQ can be modified and programmed through use of sliders or a preset rotary dial that provides a traditional Mesa V-shaped mid cut. It is important to note that the 5:50 model uses 6l6s while the 5:25 model uses EL84s for those with specific preferences. To top it all off, channel switching, EQ, reverb, and solo boost can be wired to a loop controller for enhanced programming during live sessions. In my opinion, the Express Plus was a worthwhile investment for how much it provides.

  • Pros
    Exceptional tone for musicians on a budget
    Outstanding versatility and features
    Strong build and quality materials

  • Cons
    Weight may be an issue. Try the 5:25
    Looks will cost you. An upgrade in colored grills and tolex will boost the Benjamins.

Should You Buy One?
I believe this amp surpasses the expectations that many guitarist are seeking after and it’s a step down in cost from many of the popular boutiques on stages today. Go for it.

– By Gary Schmidt – Mesa Boogie Express 5:50 Plus Amp Review
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