BluGuitar Amp 1 Iridium "metal edition" is coming

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  1. lewis

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    Absolutely!!!

    And Hahaha!
     
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    A new sound sampler I did... this time cab out (to the Suhr Reactive Load) and into the Blubox speaker sim (V30s):



     
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    Finally got one to try out loud.

    Two days in and I played it in loud volume. So far, a bit underwhelmed. Good thing about it is that it has a really tight and smart noise gate. The Classic amp should be the amp of choice since it sounds huge and miles better than the modern. The clean boost is functional. The form factor is light and really thin. And it sure is loud.

    But here comes the not so impressive stuff. The switches and knobs are cheap and don't feel like they can take a beating under your foot. All the other amps except the classic sound thin and underwhelming. While the Classic sounds rich, the others sound thin. The Modern is just annoyingly Djenty, there is this clang or twang that I can't dial out even with using thick sounding pickups like an Invader or an EMG Hetfield. Even dialing the side tone setting to the minimum doesnt help. And those side knobs are just hard to turn and access. Tiny plastic things.

    While it is loud and tight, it doesn't sound big when loud. It needs a resonance control or something to give it more thump.

    Anyway, I'll give it more time. And I'll tweak more.

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    Low tuning seems to really help the little guy also I'm stuck on vintage atm. I find I don't like modern for rhythms. Works better for solos Imo.

    Agree about the resonance. It's why I'm going to get the Depthfinder pedal for its effects loop :)

    It is proper loud though. It's about the same as a 60 watt tube amp
     
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    Yeah. With my C# guitar with Hetset it sounds alright. With the Les Paul on standard tuning with burstbucker PAFs, it's cocked wah city on the Modern channel. Double that if I'm using the Fluence moderns or the one with the Duncan JB. lol

    Good idea on the Depthfinder. Or maybe a simple 6 band eq might do the trick. One thing I like about this, is that it is the perfect bedroom amp. The Master volume has a real smooth taper.

    I like the Classic amp. Gives that modded Marshall vibe with the Tone knob past noon.
     
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    it sounds like you may actually prefer the Mercury edition btw
     
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    Guess it's bump time for a question I asked earlier

    Still no comparisons between this and the Ceres?
     
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    Still no clips of this through a 4x12 with some actual metal riffage?
    Jesus christ
     
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    I think this is why @lewis runs his with an HXFX so he can do some extra EQ shaping in the effects loop. Also acts as a midi controller so in theory he doesn’t have to touch any of the switches.

    Not a bad price for that Depthfinder! Let us know how you like it. Maybe it might change your opinion of the other distortion channels?

    Ola did a review last year and played it through a 4x12 iirc.

     
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    Ah! thank you. Not sure how I missed that.
    Sounds like it has a pretty weak low end. bummer
     
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    I might have been mistaken btw. Now that I watched it again it looks like his Hesu 2x12 cabinet, I recognize the pattern on the tolex. It seems that @lewis might have the right idea with adding the Depthfinder pedal to his setup.
     
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    Yeah. I sent it back. It just sounds flat on its own. It needs some further eq in the loop.
     
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    Did you adjust your sound according to the Bluguitar recommendation?

    Start with the Global EQ controls flat (5), then use the side tone and volume controls to determine the tone stack and channel volume for each to your perference. Then use the global EQ controls to make the final adjustments to your sound.
     
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    Yep. In gig volume too. I just have better luck with a 5150III 50w without much tweaking. And they dont seem far apart in terms of price.

    The bluamp's sound is nice. But it struggles to sound huge in a band context.
     
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    I’m interested in the Amp1 because I’m primarily playing at home.
    A solid state amp is easier to tame for lower volumes, and the analog preamps should give me the feel of a legit tube amp.
     
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    Out of curiosity, did you try changing the mode on the HX tuner to “coarse?” I saw a video about that recently and remembered you mentioned you added a tuner. Apparently the less precise mode makes it behave more closely to a typical pedal tuner.

    Side note: nice underboard lighting! Is that a Temple Duo 34?
     
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    yeah i messed with the tuner settings and didnt like any of them in comparison to how amazing the Korg pitchblack custom is.
    I just always stick to these Korgs now. (sidenote: Im tuned Drop F open)


    yeah that is a duo 34 Temple board :)

    The lighting in this demo was just a RGB, LED fishtank strip light i have backlighting a shelf for my guitars. Just wanted to see what it WOULD look like when i get the proper temple LED kit thats 9volt powered.
    Just popped it underneath the board and took the clip haha (also, FB has destroyed the upload quality for some reason. It was filmed proper HD)
     
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    @lewis @laxu

    There's going to be a livestream tomorrow on Blug's YT channel about using an Amp1 with an HX Effects in case you're interested. They'll also talk about using MIDI to control gain and the secondary functions like alt master volume and power soak.

    It looks like this will be the first in a series about using various multi-effects units with the Amp1.

     
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    Bumping this just to say how hyped I am for the Amp X in 2021

    The more i use my Iridium the more in love with it I get. The Amp x just looks so good, it will probably be my main player and the Iridium may be relegated to backup rig (seeing as the X is both the Mercury and the Iridium in one box plus effects)

    seriously interested in this new Neural preamp thing Thomas has designed. His work on the Nano tube poweramp is unbelievably good so im hoping these combined will yield incredible results.
     
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