Well, my first goal has been to try out my new API 500-rack from MIDAS. 6-slot lunchbox, 502 preamp/filters and 512 parametric EQ. The price just dropped significantly and I couldn’t resist :-).
My second goal has been to get close to my favorite metal tones from Unearth, Machine Head, Devildriver and Arch Enemy. All of them used 5150’s of some era or in combination with other amps. I tried to get kind of a middle ground tone while referencing the tracks Devildriver: Clouds over California, Unearth: The Great Dividers, Machine Head: Clenching the Fists of Dissent, Arch Enemy: Nemesis.
So I grabbed my Bugera 6260, which is a 5150 clone, google’d up Machine Head’s settings for the Crunch channel (yes, they do use the beefier crunch channel and not the lead channel). Maxon OD808 in front with the usual no-drive, mid-tone, high level setting. Then into my Mesa Rectifier 4×12 with British V30’s. Mic’d up with an SM57 into my new MIDAS 502 pre and 512 EQ. The pre has been in TX (transformer)-mode, high- and low-pass-fiters were applied to get rid of excessive highs and very deep lows and some light EQing on the 512 to give it a bit more clarity and sparkle. Power comes from a Furman power conditioner.
BTW, I got this Bugera for €277 brand new back then! Decide for yourself and compare this to your favorite 5150 profile.
The profile can be found on the Rig Exchange by searching for “RiF-6260”.
You might want to dial down the mids and up the highs a little for Machine Head’s tone.
Try to increase the Definition for a crisper, less juicy tone.
This tone works great for leads as it is.
THE SOUND SAMPLES
Here is a short clip to showcase the profile in action. The guitar has been a Charvel 750XL /w EMG 81 tuned to drop-B. All guitar tracks have been recorded directly from the Kemper’s STACK output with no FX applied. PureCabinet off. Even in Pro Tools they are kept bone dry, no EQ, no reverb, no nothing. There’s a Waves SSL bus compressor and iZotope Ozone 7’s Maximizer (only that module) as a brickwall limiter on the mix bus, that’s it.
MIDAS 502 preamp, 512 EQ and Legend 6 lunchbox:
SM57 on V30 speaker , edge of cap:
As always, I appreciate any feedback (positive or negative) from you guys.
Merry Christmas to all of you!