Random Pics of Your Rig

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  1. død

    død SS.org Regular

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    This is what I’m working with currently, works pretty well. Want to swap out one of the V30s in the Zilla for a Creamback, and then eventually get another 2x12.
     

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  2. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Today’s rig:

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  3. narad

    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    Post some clips and convince me the dual dark is better than the dark terror ;-)
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Send you something tomorrow man
     
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    Mourguitars SS.org Regular

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    Very sweet Brett !

    Awesome...

    Mike
     
  6. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Picked up the Archon today. Had a few minutes with it so far. Seems a lot like a 5150 red channel.
     
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    Korneo SS.org Regular

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    I want one SOOOO bad for years !
    I compare his sound on my FM3 and it really have the aggressivity of the OG 5150 but with the lows of some Rectifier but tighter.
    The only "known" problem of this amp is you have to really crank the master to have the real sound of this amp :

    "Fractal Audio recommends to crank the Master on the real amp:

    "You have to crank the MV on the real amp. The preamp is very "dry" so to get the juices flowing the power amp needs to be working hard. This also smooths out that funky midrange."

    "I think part of the reason the real Archon needs to be cranked is because the power supply is too stiff. It's got six (!!!) big caps filtering the B+. That's too much filtering IMO unless you're playing at arena volumes. If I were to make a modification to the amp it would be a switch to disconnect four of those caps so the supply is more bouncy at moderate volumes. Maybe also a tube rectifier to add some more sponge."
     
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  8. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Im still figuring out how I fell about it. It's not as immediate and tight as a Mesa Mark, for example. Really seems like a more refined 5150. It doesn't at all have the Recto attitude IMHO. Seems good but not sure it's great.

    Maybe it does just need to be loud but that's unfortunate.

    And here are the caps that @Korneo mentions
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  9. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    the bright switch is the key to making the archon sound gnarly ime.

    But yeah, it sounds way better at higher volumes imo.
     
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  10. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    It seems kinda dark and boomy even with the bright switch up and the depth way back. There's basically no "fizz," which I imagine lots of folks like.

    The only 4x12 I have right now has G12-65s and those may be rounding off the top too much. I had the same experience with Rectifiers. They really sounded right with those stupid oversized behemoth 4x12 with V30s. But I'd rather not have multiple 4x12s again so this might not work out.
     
  11. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    what are your amp settings?

    The archon isn't a dark/boomy amp ime, but I was running it through v30s and greenbacks.
     
  12. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Ive been twirling the knobs all around. Last time it was with the gain around 12, treble 1:00; mids around 12:00; bass around 11:00; presence at 12:00 and depth at 9:00.

    I also am completely underwhelmed by the clean channel, which is surprising given how good everyone says it is. It's very plinky IMHO. I've now got the clean master all the way up, which did help some.

    But there may be some serious user error happening here. Or I'm just so used to boosted JMPs that anything with actual low end sounds weird hahaha
     
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    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Definitely I think user error. I'd been trying to make it sound like a modded Marshall type thing. Had a few more minutes with it and instead leaned into making it sound more Recto-ish. Flatted out the mid range, let the bass rumble, and saturated the gain.

    lololol that's the stuff. Sounds great.
     
  14. LCW

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    Running into the 4x12 today... glorious!

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    4x12 was lonely... gave it some company... NAD!

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  16. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    So I did have the chance just now to put the master up to 11:00, which is rather loud. From 10 to 11 didn't seem to get any louder, so I'm not sure if that was its max volume or not. Guess I should have messed with it some more.

    But I futzed around with it for 15 or 20 minutes, which was all I could take in the small room where my stuff is banished (should have used ear protection). The amp over all seemed more balanced and faster. The high end came through a bit more forward. Better able to hear the higher notes in a chord without being drowned out by the lower notes.

    So I do think the amp seems happiest at the higher volumes. At lower volumes it seems maybe a bit cartoonish (monster bass response, maybe a high-mid spike, dark smooth top end). Don't get me wrong, still sounds good and is fun to play, though.
     
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    First year Mark IV and a Triple Rec.
     

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  18. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Ugh. I knew I should have sold this power amp that I wasn't using but noooooo. I let it linger around and then had to get the preamp for it

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    Sounds pretty bonkers. The Studio Pre seems to have way more gain than the C+ or III DRGs that I had. And the 180-watt power section with it is just nuts. So much volume and low end.
     
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    Does that power amp has any control pot, like volumes and presence...? Photo of the back would be nice, please... :)
     
  20. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    It's a monoblock amp (not stereo), and it does have one volume knob but no others (no presence etc.

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    EDIT wow those pics came out ridiculously small. I'll try to get one of the back tomorrow for you
     

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