Well thanks.damn, I didn't think it was possible to get that kind of tone from modelers. That was pretty awesome.
Hey thanks for checking the clips out.Milkman, that sounds pretty great. I've always used modelling pedals into amps, with the amp pre's running in the loops, and have never found them satisfactory. But this go-it-alone approach seems like a nice way to travel light. I might have to seek out one of the ToneLab units and have my way with it.
I've some questions for you if you don't mind. Why'd you go with the LE over the SE? I'm a sucker for expression pedals so the two pedal model has a little more draw. I believe you mentioned before the model you went with had a better A/D converter. I've found that each unit I've owned in the past (GT-6 and before that the RP2000) had it's "thing" -- the GT did a good approximation of Boss stomp boxes for example. How does the ToneLab do on "the Vox tone" -- has it got a good, chimey AC30 model in it?
One of the guys from the Wheat Kings / Cat House Dogs (good band/players) used one of these direct one time I did them and it was great. He had lots of comments on his tone, and I believe the other player was using a Tele through a twin.
Why the DI boxes? I would have guessed that the line-outs on the Tonelab were balanced TRS connections.
Yeah I've been hiding from the heat all day.Acknowledged. I coulda figgered that out if I was thinking. It's too hot to think.
The DI will colour the sound. If the signal is going through either active or passive components, it colours the sound. In terms of quantity and quality of colouration, that's a function of the component choice of the manufacturer. There are only so many ways to take an unbalanced high impedance signal and balance it and make it low impedance. I have a handful of passive DI boxes that cost me about $15.00 each. They always work, and they don't need a battery or phantom power. They do add some colour though. Mostly a baby diaper brown.:smile:
The active DI will have some boost to it. You will benefit from a hotter signal earlier in the food chain. Boosting the signal at the mixer end will also boost any noise picked up in the 150' of snake. How much noise? Do you run speaker level back through the same snake, or just line level signals to the power amps behind the mains? You WILL induce more noise with a speaker level signal in the same bundle as all of the line and mic level signals.
I try really hard to make sure that any AC lines that cross any audio lines do so at a 90 degree angle. Running AC and audio close and parallel is a recipe for hum.
Sounds right on Screem.Sounds great Milkman, I love the Tonelab too, here's a sound clip I made of my favorite patch... Greco Lester(bridge pup)-tonelab-laptop soundcard. I used reaper with 3 tracks all the same patch and pup just different volumes on the guitar. http://www.esnips.com/doc/0ee8f6e9-3c59-492a-9843-de9721da7026/blue