Valve Theory humbucker pack
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the humbucker pack is suited for all humbucker guitars. However, P90 guitars should really shine on these.
I took a different approach than most profesionnal by using multiple & specifically selected gear ( ATM SS11, FredAmp JCM800 , a Mesa boogie Subway Blues combo , as well as a JTM30 Marshall for most of the CAB part) :
I took most of the time to setup the best humbucker tones out of these boxes, that lead me to this ultimate collection. It's a plug and play solution for your buckers equiped guitars.
It's a collection of 30 rigs - you'll find an audio demo above. The demo pack cointains 3 profiles from this pack.
About the demo : all samples are raw spdif except parts with drums are post EQd ( to represent a mix context). I did not cheat on these as you may identify huge dynamics on the WAV form , big basses and flaws in play , all of these mostly disapear with a right mix. Most clips feature a single tracked part, then a double tracked , then a lead and a full mix.
If a clean tone lacks of punch , just push the gain a bit , it will liven up your tone.
It' best to disengage all locks before trying my rigs.
a few details about some profiles :
clean.blues : a rig tailored for vintage blues style with lots of character, with a great gain course and a few pedals for different colors & FXes. This one fits both bridge and neck pickup well as well as splits. Also worth a try on single coils.
clean.jazz : warm , dimed on the trebles, sensitive to finger play and dynamic, best used on neck pickup, but allows some nice rhythm & strum on bridge PU. Splits will also fit well.
clean.main : an all around clean rig that fits most styles, including strumming. Comp and EQ will add more clarity for mix or live situation. It's really worth trying to play with the gain knob for different dynamics, crunches and tones.
clean.full : same kind, a little richer and ready for mix with the EQ being constantly ON. Great sensitivity to finger play and vol pot. A stereo widener is available.
clean.funk : this is a typical humbucker vintage funk tone (à la James Brown), very tasty on mid and bridge position. there are 2 different phasers and a specific chorus & wah.
clean.dry : very dry , and simple tone, it's made for recording while stacking up with other clean tones. Lots of FX choices & strum friendly.
crunch.zep : fits early Led Zep pretty close ,great for blues and crunchy rhythm guitar parts, there is a good gain course, try it for yourself. There is a good 12 string emulation on stomp A, and to distortion types.
crunch.dirty : crunch with great character, , good gain course, mostly used on bridge PU. some real single coil flavor & twang for your humbucker guitars
drive.70's : that typical 70's growl you hear on classic rock album ( Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Grand Funk...) the gain course is perfect on this one, you'll achieve superb cleans & crunches as well with a rolled off vol pot on your guitar. The 1st dist stomp is a great big muff classic preset, and the 2nd one is even dirtier, with some single coil flavors. I love this rig
drive.heavy : be sure to have the boost engaged on this rig , it's really part of the tone. That's the heavy tone most humbucker guitars will love when it comes to hi gain rhythm. It's best used on bridge pick up with vol pot adjustments instead of gain tweaking.
heavy.rhythm.brit : a typical Marshall rhythm tone, the AMT handles this tone surprisingly good, lots of basses and punch.
heavy.rhythm.US : similar to heavy boogie straight tones, lots of punch from the AMT and the JTM cab.
lead.US : pretty distorted boogie classic lead with delay, a few options & colors in the FX selection. Djemass friendly EDIT : there is an alternative lead.US.djemass tweaked by the man himself to record the demos.
lead.brit : classic distorted Marshall lead tone , try to adjust the drive by the guitar vol. pot.
lead.dirty : this is the lead that will complement the drive.70's well, similar vibe, but tailored for leads with a hint of dirt.
lead.carlos : to mimic Carlos Santana tone, must be used on neck pickup with finger style attack and vol pot adjustments. Best used on PRS or Yamaha SG.