Posted by levipeto on 2011-10-23 21:14:45 , Contributor: smilefan , Source: smilefan
OK, back to basics today. And there is no more basic and essential amp-voice than the Vox AC-30TB. For girl-friendly Pop music, itâ€™s the amp to beat. More guitarists have gotten laid playing pretty, open suspended chords thru AC-30â€™s than any other amp. Documented fact! (OK, not reallyâ€¦but it should be!). AC-30â€™s do a lot of things well, from clean to scream. This patch concentrates on its beautiful cleans. A Vox dialed for clean, with a little atmospheric processing, should be light and tight on the bass, quite middy, with a chimey, finely broken-up treble grind unlike any other amp (even on a clean setting). Popular music is rife with examples of great AC-30 clean sounds. R.E.M., U2, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Oasis, Muse, Radiohead, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Dave Davies (The Kinks). My personal fav is Peter Buck on R.E.M. â€˜s â€œDriver 8â€. Sounds just like an AC-30 is supposed to. This patch is designed to reproduce the best of a clean Vox in a lightly processed environment. Try using this patch with a Capo on the 7th fret (or thereabouts). Pick on some pretty-sounding first position open chord progressions, (include minor or suspended chords). Throw in some hard upstrokes on the high E and B strings (brings out the â€˜chimeâ€™) mixed in with your strumming/picking. Used this way, the patch should give you a decent impression of a 12-string Rickenbacker electric. The custom IRâ€™s I use make so much difference in this patch that I created a separate patch for those who have the custom IRâ€™s I specify (youâ€™ll need to install those IRâ€™s manually), and another for the stock IR patch. I tried to get them as close as I could, but the custom IR patch is just better. I couldnâ€™t quite dup the lilting, sweet clarity of the custom patch with stock IRâ€™s.
Specified IRâ€™s for Custom patch: Cab A â€“ Redwirez VoxAC30Blues-KM84-Cap-2in. (R121 cond mic) Cab B â€“ Redwirez VoxAC30Blues-R121-Cap-0.5in. (57 dyn mic)