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Re: Post Your Rig!
3/17/2011 6:47 PM
Danny Danzi (2052) wrote:
Thanks for the kind words, guys. I actually have quite a bit of single coil strats etc...they just aren't up at the moment as I'm not using that sort of sound these days. Probably a huge post here, but if you're curious as to what's in that big rack, here's the low-down on it. If not, just ignore my wordy @ss. LOL! It's just that most of the guys that use these huge rigs, never really go through them and tell people about them. Like it's a big secret or something, ya know? Anyway...for those that are curious, here ya go. :)
Rock/metal/blues type stuff is what I play. Being the only guitarist in my bands, I need a wide array of sounds and there is so much stuff because I don't rely on one company's "multi-effects". I use racks that excel in the thing I need. My biggest thing is, I don't want to use any fake synths in my tone. So I create cool effects sounds with my racks which sound really nice considering they are real guitar and no synths used.
Here they are in order:
Midi Motors Hum buster: This takes care of grounding issues and adds several power outs.
Furman Power Conditioner: You know what that does I'm sure.
Cry Baby Rack Wah: A rack wah with 6 different wah's in one rack which is also completely controllable. The volume of the wah sound, the frequencies selected etc.
Rocktron Chameleon: This was a pre-amp I used for many years that was one of the first tube based modelers. It doesn't sound very tube, but it delivers the best solid state distortion that I've ever heard. Because I don't use it anymore yet got great results from it, I keep it in there as a spare pre-amp when my tube pre-amp fails...which thankfully, it hasn't. The Chameleon also features one of the first instant change patch algorithms. There is no lag between patch changes.
Digitech 2101 LE tube pre-amp: This is the heart of my sound. This pre-amp also has every effect known to man in it (other than a talk box) with excellent sounding effects. It's also one of the most incredible pre-amps ever made due to the options it gives you. Learning how to program this rack from the ground up will take a month, easy. It also has dual S Discs for changing sounds instantly without a pause in a patch change. You ever get a glitch in a patch change when playing live? This will not do that. It has instantaneous changes that also morph. Meaning, if I have a lead sound going on with a delay and switch to a rhythm sound that does not have a delay, the patch will change instantly and the delay from the lead sound will trickle its decay onto the new patch. So it's a constant and solid change that isn't abrupt. The pre-amp also sports 12AX7 tubes, as well as solid state voicings that are just as good...all in one unit.
Korg Tuner: You know what that one does. LOL!
Digitech 8 second time machine: This delay allows me to play my rhythm sound and sample it on the fly for up to 8 seconds. This works well when I play a rhythm and play lead over top. An example of this is when I play Jaimie's Cryin by Van Halen. We start the song with that da dada dada dadadada da part...and I click the hold button. From there, I play the lead over top and the sample I recorded will stay in memory until I clear it. I also do the Runnin With The Devil car horn sound using this delay using an intelligent harmonizer which I'll cover in a bit. The notes in the VH car horn sound are G#, E and D if I'm not mistaken...and when I play a G#, the harmonizer is set up to play the E and the D. From there, the note hold goes into the memory of the delay unit and "hold" is pressed. My guitar tech then turns the speed down to make it do what the car horns do on that song intro, and then my bassist comes in with the bass line there. One press of a button and I'm into my rhythm patch and everything that was in memory is cleared. Pretty cool delay unit...especially good for jamming over. And, it cops your sound exactly the way it should.
ADA Pitchtraq: This old thing is the best unintelligent harmonizer I've ever used. It gives off no artifacts and just gives you the octave, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc in 2 octaves...high and sub low. Neat for subtle pitch type stuff or my fave out of it...the sound of thunder...literally.
Digitech IPS 33B: This harmonizer is the intelligent one. It sports 3 part harms and does them with 0 artifacts. It also changes instantaneously. I actually like this better than my Eventide because it just sounds more realistic to me. It's great for vocals too.
Juice Goose 12 Paq: This is a special power conditioner. It has 6 regular outlets, and 6 special outlets that look like cable ports on your computer. The special plugs needed for this are for eliminating power packs. Wouldn't it be nice to get rid of those wall worts that drive us all crazy that take up other outlets and bring on hum? With the Juice Goose, it gets rid of them.
Bradshaw Switching system: This is an 11 channel mixing board complete with pedal board. You route all your effects in each channel, and control them with the corresponding channel on your footswitch. From there, once you have all that you want lit up for a particular patch, you can click the save button and each time you access that patch, the effects you want will be present automatically. It also comes with its own built-in Hush Noise reduction. The great thing about the Bradshaw is, it can control anything. Switched to amp rigs, midi, old dinosaur effects...you name it, it can do it and then you instantly save what you have going on so you just need to hit one switch to change the entire 25 space rack if need be. It's an incredible piece of gear.
Alesis Quadraverb: I use this because it changes instantly and gives me the closest sounding phaser and flanger to Eddie Van Halen that I have ever heard. It also has some killer delays and chorus' to boot. Old, but pretty cool for live situations.
Behringer Edison: This cool little not often talked about rack, does incredible stuff to stereo signals. It can give you an awesome spread that I just can't explain. It will make you look around the room and ask "where the hell is that coming from, man?!" That's all it does...stereo enhance.
Rocktron Hush II C: This controls the very slight hiss I get from my distortion. It totally removes it, yet is not a gate. It removes it to a level where the human ear cannot perceive it as "hiss". Therefore, my tone is never interupted or "gated" so to speak.
Rocktron Velocity 300's: These are my power amps. Modeled from real output tube power, someone got it right with these. I can't tell a difference between them and my real tube power amps that I use from time to time.
Alesis Data Disc: The last rack in the chain just backs up all the midi data in my rack should I power up and all my patches are gone. It will save them, and also load them back in instantly at the touch of a button.
There you have it...I know, a bit over-kill, but it works for me. Sorry for the long post.