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Reducing gains for a heavier sound

I posted part of this as an answer to another psot, but thought I'd bouncing it off everyone to get some (pun intended) feedback.

I've been experimenting with lowering my gains for a heavier sound. While that sounds counter-intuitive, it really works. It came from 2 different articles I read from Mark Morton of Lamb of God and Kerry King of Slayer. These are 2 of the heaviest bands on the planet, and they are reducing the gains to get more clarity in the chunking and chords. If it works for them...
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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/19/2009 2:02 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

Wow, nice typo's Michael.

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11/19/2009 4:11 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) does something similar by running one amp clean and the other dirty. Blend the two and you chunky and crunch in one flavor!



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11/19/2009 7:00 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Sounds like a good experiment. when I get the time to practice again (curse giant presentations) I'll try it and give some feedback on how it works for me.





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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/19/2009 7:25 PM

Matt Wood (2844) wrote:

yeah my current band is playing heavy tool like stuff at times and i'm finding less gain gives a fatter sound in the mix





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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/19/2009 8:13 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Sounds good. My sound has been a little bit too sharp in the last few weeks of me messing with my tone, so this should fix things up well.
*psot* ha



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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/20/2009 7:40 AM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

I use Line 6 stuff that allows 2 amps simultaneously, and the dirty/clean thing is fun. It can also be a bit sloppy in that 2 different amp models are going to respond differently to pick attack, even when they're an amp model. I just need to experiment more.





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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/20/2009 10:57 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Sorry bro this is where I am tweaked. Granted the Line 6 is an economical way to go for duplicating that special sound, I am partial for running two tube amps. Have one at a lower power rating such as 15-18 watts for your clean channel and drive the amp such that you have power amp overdrive. The sound is much more pure and is great blend.

If you are recording, then yes the Line 6 can achieve the desired effect with the new Pod X3 that you have Michael. As for me, I would probably use the Live PodXT with a Sans Amp for the clean. This IMHO would give the best blend without setting amps up.





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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/20/2009 2:06 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

I've thought about this. I have an 18w '66 Ampeg Jet (d version), and a silverface Bassman 50 head. I've even thought about using the Ampeg for cleans and the bassman for overdrive, with a few pedals. Good vintage, sweet setup. At least I would think.





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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/21/2009 1:19 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

You hit on the nose bro! Set the Jet to almost breakup and you will hit the sound. Have fun dude!!!



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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/28/2009 2:39 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

my 3 channel preamp can do this. it's pretty cool i must say. and it does give an airiness that nothing else can.

germ



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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

11/28/2009 4:00 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

People, you gotta hear germs amps, they do cook and sound great!!! Germ, post your link again bro!!!



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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

12/2/2009 8:48 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

working on getting some better clips together, and the website a little mo betta.



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Re: Reducing gains for a heavier sound

12/3/2009 9:53 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

k-den lidat!!! Rock 'n' Roll (while holding Bic lighter)

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