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“Are you deaf?”-Patch Volumes and Tones(Part-2)

Introduction

Enough with introduction, and time for a change, let us say no intros as I assume you already have read the first part of the Guide here at :http://www.guitarneverlies.com/are-you-deaf-adjusting-patch-volume-and-tonespart-1/ , and so in this part I will go for straight examples of your Digital Multi Fx Unit or Amp or Stomp settings for the following type of Tone/Patch Variations:

  • Clean tone patches
  • Clean tone solo patches
  • Overdrive/Distorted patches
  • Overdrive/Distorted patches for solos

[restrict]Clean tone patches for Rhythm

  • Try to Set your clean tones to -15 dB
  • For example with a Zoom G1 , go to your patch level parameter and set it to 60 ,For line6 users and other modern Multi Fx,set your amp model volume to 60 .
  • For stompers, put your Guitar volume knob to 75% or 7.5 on the mark.
  • For Only Amp users , put your Guitar volume knob to 75% or 7.5 on the mark.
Guitar Volume knob
Guitar Volume knob

Clean tone solo patches

  • Try to Set your clean tone solo patches to -7 dB (Approximate)
  • For example with a Zoom G1 , go to your patch level parameter and set it to 72-75 ,For line6 users and other modern Multi Fx,set your amp model volume to 70 -75.
  • For stompers, put your Guitar volume knob to 100% or 10 on the mark.
  • For Only Amp users , put your Guitar volume knob to 100% or 10 on the mark.
Clean tone Solo
Clean tone Solo

 


Overdrive/Distorted patches for Riffs/Rhythms

  • Set your OD/Dist patches to -15 dB
  • Keep your Guitar Volume Knob  at Full
  • For example with a Zoom G1 , go to your patch level parameter and set it to 70 ,For line6 users and other modern Multi Fx,set your amp model volume to 70 .
  • For stompers, It is a bit tricky, for example with a metal Muff : Keep the Volume knob at 2 O’clock or just match the bypass clean guitar tone by ear , For OD pedals like the Ibanez Tube Screamer Put your volume knob on 12 O’clock if you use drive on 9 O’clock or more,for lower drive settings , the volume knob needs to be set a bit higher or just match the bypass clean guitar tone by ear.
  • For Amp users – Different amp has different overdrives/distortion , you need to find out the OD/Channel to match the volume level of your clean channel by ear or visual dB analyzer.
Blackstar HT Fire metal valve distortion
Blackstar HT Fire metal valve distortion

 


Overdrive/Distorted patches for solos

  • Set your OD/Dist patches to -7 dB
  • Keep your Guitar Volume Knob  at Full
  • For example with a Zoom G1 , go to your patch level parameter and set it to about 75 ,For line6 users and other modern Multi Fx,set your amp model volume to 75
  • For stompers, you need to use a booster pedal post to your OD/Distortion pedal , set the boost knob about on 1 O’clock if the bypass status of the pedal matches on 12 O’Clock
  • For Amp users – Different amp has different overdrives/distortion , If your amp has 1 dist/Od channel, you need to use a volume pedal or a booster pedal on the send return patch, If your amp has 2 OD/Dist channel,Set the 2nd Dist channel to 1 O’Clock if channel 1 Matches the clean channel on 12 O’clock
EHX Boost pedal:LPB-1
EHX Boost pedal:LPB-1

 

Blackstar HT-Stage 100 with multiple channel OD
Blackstar HT-Stage 100 with multiple channel OD

 


Confusion and Conclusions

  • Why -15 dB? I Like to keep it there, it is safe , you can keep on experimenting yours too. But remember this-; LOWER IS BETTER – HIGHER IS BUTTER.
  • Different devices might match different volume settings to reach -15 dB
  • Your solo volumes must come out from your full band-all other instruments, but at the same time It cannot have to much volume or gain to kill others,and burst the sound system!
  • What about Equalizer? Coming up on the next part of the article 🙂
  • Confused? Please comment on the comment section right below!

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