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15th March 2013
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Slowly getting together my guitar tracking setup. Generally I will have a guitarist who has his own rig, and I'm primarily looking for a wide variety of different tones to get via either re-amping or tracking through in the first place.

The plan is to DI to mic pre to line (gate comp etc) mult to reamp boxes to go to multiple pre's and then take the line outputs of all the pre's to a mixer, aux to reverb/delay (zerotronics tank, maybe digital also). Then stereo out to a custom p2p 6l6 and el84 amp I have, to cab patch bay.

Long story short I'm putting together sort of a real version of NI guitar rig, it will all be normaled in the bays (including mics on cabs) so near instant gratification. If the guitarist has a head/cab I will be able to include his own stuff in there.

I already have a sorta plexi clone pre, so I'm looking mostly at rack preamps with an eye towards specialists not jack of all trades. MTS looks cool but rm4's can't use all 4 pre's at once, a big part of the plan is to be able to combine pre's (w pan verb etc) before the amps.

So what would make you all as guitarists excited? What cheap one trick ponies are out there?
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Chandler Tube Driver (or Tube Works, or BK Butler).
Boogie Studio Preamp
Soldano Series II

All should be found at reasonable used prices.
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I already have a sorta plexi clone pre, so I'm looking mostly at rack preamps with an eye towards specialists not jack of all trades. MTS looks cool but rm4's can't use all 4 pre's at once, a big part of the plan is to be able to combine pre's (w pan verb etc) before the amps.

So what would make you all as guitarists excited? What cheap one trick ponies are out there?
I've had the Mesa Studio Pre and Triaxis in the past, replaced them with an MTS head and then switched to an MTS pre a month or so ago. Pretty similar reasoning to what you outlined above, everybody brings in their amp and I like to have some additional amp sounds to blend in. Right now I'm using a Clean preamp, SL+ Marshall preamp, Grail Rectifier preamp, XTC Bogner preamp, and a Top Boost Vox preamp. I haven't sold off my original RM50 head yet, so I'm going to experiment with some dual channel blended tones using those 5 modules. I shopped preamps for awhile but couldn't find anything that touched MTS for versatility without going digital.
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I've had the Mesa Studio Pre and Triaxis in the past, replaced them with an MTS head and then switched to an MTS pre a month or so ago. Pretty similar reasoning to what you outlined above, everybody brings in their amp and I like to have some additional amp sounds to blend in. Right now I'm using a Clean preamp, SL+ Marshall preamp, Grail Rectifier preamp, XTC Bogner preamp, and a Top Boost Vox preamp. I haven't sold off my original RM50 head yet, so I'm going to experiment with some dual channel blended tones using those 5 modules. I shopped preamps for awhile but couldn't find anything that touched MTS for versatility without going digital.
I emailed Rob at Jaded faith about the possibility to do a custom MTS rack box with discreet I/O (or mod a rm4) for each module and he said there is an issue with the midi switching that would make it not work. I don't understand how that works, in my mind it would be as easy as rigging power and I/O to each mts module's edge connector (and proper grounding etc). I might poke around some other MTS modders.

Unfortunate because otherwise I would most certainly go that route. From the little experimenting I've done, blending pre's is very cool stuff. Solves a lot of problems with power trio's by panning different pre's into L and R power amps. Huge guitar tones and no fighting over the center of the stereo field.
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Chandler Tube Driver (or Tube Works, or BK Butler).
Boogie Studio Preamp
Soldano Series II

All should be found at reasonable used prices.
Thanks, yeah with racks being out of style ebay prices are quite good on those.

Your talking about the older boogie studio pre with the white silkscreening and the fendery style knobs?
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Thanks, yeah with racks being out of style ebay prices are quite good on those.

Your talking about the older boogie studio pre with the white silkscreening and the fendery style knobs?
Yes, the one from the 80s/90s. I used one live w/ a Boogie 50/50 for a while in the 90's. It has the classic Mark II vibe going....really thick lead tones...
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