KSR Ceres - 3 Channel Preamp Pedal

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  1. ykcirj

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    I may check that out! I just sent back the fryette sadly. It was just way too bright sounding for my setup.

    I just got the Kraken Preamp pedal, and it sounded pretty good with the Fryette at lower volumes. Once I cranked it to band volumes the power station just felt way too harsh for my ears. I had the same issue when I used the HX stomp with it as well.

    I plugged the Kraken into my Rockerverb effects return and it was great! I’m looking into getting a Mesa possibly when playing with a band. The 2: fifty only weighs 23 pounds so that sounds like a good option!
     
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    Can never go wrong with Mesa power amps, obviously.

    For the price of a new Mooer Tube Engine, it would seem like a better value to get a Mesa power amp. Though I think the Mooer is probably lighter weight and a bit more compact.

    The old Carvin TS100s pop up on Reverb pretty frequently for $400 or so.
     
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    What about something like amt tube cake for just in-house use only?
     
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    Don't know much about those, so I can't say.
     
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    So now that these have been around a while and the honeymoon period is waning a bit, how about a quick check-in from the early adopters? Is it still a key part of your rig? Pretty impressive how numerous folks here and on YouTube have commented that it manages to mimic a tube amp feel and response and sound a lot like the full bore KSR amps.

    Idly wondering how viable the Ceres could be as a hub for a simple modular rig connected to a power amp and cab. Then hook up a Voodoo Labs amp switcher to switch channels with MIDI. Seems flexible enough to dial in whatever sound one might need.

    I’m also particularly curious about the clean channel. Who’s actively using it? How does it behave with OD pedals?
    How does it compare to your favorite clean channel on XYZ amp like a Mesa or Vox? Some folks mentioned a lack of volume on the clean channel compared to the drive channels. Was this a design flaw in the early units, perhaps? Any word from Kyle on how to remedy that?
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    The Friedman seemed the best there. Had the right high-end frequencies cut out without sounding WAY dark like the G3.
     
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    I'd have to agree, the high end just sounded right to me there. Plus, it's almost half the price of the Ceres (less than half used) which is perfect for us cheap asses out there.
     
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    The Abasi was my favorite of that bunch, followed by the Eyemaster and the Horizon Devices "totally not an MXR 5150" preamp.

    The Ceres sounded really awful there IMO.
     
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    Still just want an Ares-in-a-box normal sized pedal
     
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    But in the end Ola picked the Ceres. He could have picked the Revv especially he has high praise with all of the demos he made with the Revv. Ola must have a bad hearing lol.
     
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    :shrug: ceres and kraken both sound pretty damn good to me in this vid, and I'm not really a fan of this dude's demos typically.
     
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    If anyone's still looking for a deal on one of these, there's a seller on reverb that's part of the 15% off halloween sale, bringing it down to $340. Deal seems slightly sketchy since its a pre-order from a small music store that seems to be closing soon, but maybe they're just drop shipping, and it'll be fine. I've been looking for a deal on one and didn't manage to catch any of the used ones that popped up at significant discount before, so I pulled the trigger on 1, hoping it gets here alright.
     
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    And that's how tastes vary....i liked the ceres the most because of the high end
     
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    I'm on some Facebook groups with the guy that owns Chondro Guitars, seems legit. You should be fine.
     
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    Thanks for the info, it switched to in stock after a day or 2, so I'm guessing he was just waiting on a shipment. Mine just arrived yesterday, and it sounds great. Only pre/amp I've used that didn't seem to be benefitted by an overdrive, so that was a bit of a surprise to me. I've sorta wanted a colossus for years, and this fits the bill perfectly, getting exactly the sound I hoped out of it. It's not going to replace my trusty 805od/herbert pedal combo on my pedalboard rig for now, but it might later on.
     
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    So, whos tried this compared to a Peavey Rockmaster?

    Currently at a crossroads between these two. Want a midrange/treble heavy amp and these two fit the bill.
     
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    Remember that Ola's in-room sound is different than what's being recorded.

    I've listened to so many demos of the G3 and as good as people say it is, I just can't get into it. Something about it just sounds lifeless, dry ... like it's missing something. Again, different strokes, etc.

    I agree that the Ceres is great. Between Ola's demo and others I've watched on YouTube, there is a LOT of variation in how people have been able to dial it in, good and bad. With the amount of knobs and tweakabilty, I could probably dial in sounds I like very much for each channel. Overall, it seems like a premium blank canvas high gain pedal that could probably sound like a lot of different amps.

    However, out of that bunch, I like the Abasi and the Friedman pedals the most. They offer great sound and also have some personality to each of them which I just find appealing. I can't really articulate why exactly, I just like them.
     
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    How does the Ceres compare against the diezel Herbert pedal? I should be getting one in the mail today...
     

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