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Old 08-23-2010, 05:49 PM
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Alright, by Request (from Tommy) this thread is going to be dedicated to the mighty (or not mighty) Rack setup.

As of this moment, I am running a very simple ADA and Velocity setup (with Furman power conditioner, but it gives me what I need.

Racks to me are the ultimate in versatility. You have the ability to switch things out at your leisure that you feel you do or don't need.

I have run a handful of things through my little rack...

Preamps: Rocktron Chameleon (completely digital, some good sounds, but nothing phenomenal)

ADA MP-1 w/ 3.666 Mod (excellent unit, nice added bass, midrange and gain, though for some that may be unnecessary)

Digitech 2101 Artist (this thing does damn near everything, but I can't seem to work up a really great distorted patch, lots of great effects though

ADA MP-1 (regular one, classic as hell, tons of great sounds possible, amazing cleans)

Poweramps: I've only used the Velocity, which is excellent, a Mesa 2:90 that I thought was garbage, and a VHT of some sort, which was also excellent

Multi-effects: Eventide harmonizer - very cool, but WAY too much shit going on for me just not worth it because I don't have a use for it.

Rocktron Intellifex - very basic, but GREAT patches right in it, I never had to dick around with them because I found what I wanted.


BBE Sonic maximizer: I found this unnecessary, I didn't feel the improvement was significant enough to make it worth it.




One of the most attractive things about the rack is the ease of switching stuff up. Tons of things available at your fingertips, running multiple preamps if you like for variety.

Hopefully Artie will see this and start posting his know-how
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:05 PM
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Great information Benny...I started making a shortlist. The Digitech 2101 is definitely on my list. My first thoughts were a Triaxis Pre and a 2.90. After reading your post, I need to dig deeper. Maybe peepz can post some youtube videos or MP3 clips.

Would you say most people match the pre and the power amp? Being an old circuit designer, that seems like a good idea. Seems like the amp and pre are going to be the toughest choices.

Seems like many of my favorite players have or had an MP-1.

Any thoughts on the AxeFX by Fractal? A snobby buddy of mine says he's throwing away all of his discreet stuff cause it's so good.

What chassis do you have?

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:14 PM
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Hmmmm....Triaxis sounds nice

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:17 PM
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Sounds smooth and warm...like...oh forget it

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:21 PM
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Cleans are nice on this...crunch isn't as good as the Mesa IMHO

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:23 PM
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WOW....who is this dude...I bet he owns an awesome guitar forum

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:29 PM
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AxeFX is supposed to be amazing.

Also, I was a little harsh on the 2:90, but I don't feel it was anybetter then the Velocity, only it costs about 7 times more.

I'd imagine that most people do match the preamp and poweramp first and work from there, but I think realistically, most combos work, just think of the tube tone you prefer with your Egnater and buy a power amp with the same tubes.

The beauty of the Velocity is, its tubeless! BUT the reactance knobs do a good enough job emulating the tubes that you'd be hard pressed knowing



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Old 08-23-2010, 06:41 PM
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I'm researching the Velocity and a Mosvalve right now....I'm into it....lol

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I'm rocking a Mesa Boogie Studio Preamp and a MosValve (Tube Works) power amp. It's a pretty good combination on a budget for that '80s sound, very rich and mid heavy (not surprising, since the Mesa is supposed to like the preamp from the Mark IIC+). I wouldn't mind getting an ADA MP1 to supplement it, though.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:11 PM
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Short ADA sample

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So the ADA MP-1 is in...if both of my Canadian nephews like it, I gotta have one.

Any clips from the mosvalve/mesa? please make one

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Putting the performance aside, is this a valid side by side? I think the Mesa is heads above based on this clip

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:43 PM
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I agree the Mesa does sound better, but It would be interesting to see how a BBE would affect the tone of the MosValve, that could make the difference in between spending $150 on a poweramp and $1500
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Maybe we can do a process of elimination...I'm not diggin the Mosvalve...I'd like to hear head to head with a Velocity

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:52 PM
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Another thing, don't confuse the Velocity 100 with the 300, the only similarities are the fact that they are power amps and the name
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