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Back in Black

Tone Project


The (almost) Final Word On Back In Black? (UPDATE Shoot To Thrill)
Update: trying to grasp "Shoot To Thrill". Only an attempt, this one also is far from final. However, some reactions are already happening. Angus seemed to have been "higher" on the guitar volume knob for this one, as he is evidently "boosting" the bass freqs more (you can hear it definitely even in the rhythm tone). So on this 1971 SG Standard, volume knob was all time on 9 for both rhythm and solos (did only a single take).
It’s The Vega, Baby! (FIRST VEGA TEST)
Still learning here. With this one, I took away some more TX level. I realized it was too much on the arpeggio piece-thing in the middle of the song: my picking hand was too noisy because of the excess compression. You see, this thing works as follow: there is a compressor on the TX; and an expander on the RX.
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Breaking News: The Vega works! (Updated)
Another little update, just remind us of all of the importance of the Schaffer Vega:
In 1977 Angus was first introduced to the brand new technology of the wireless guitar system. The New York Palladium 1977 concert would be the very first time Angus would use the brand new wireless guitar transmitter. Before this, Angus was limited to the length of the guitar wire, so stage crew used to guide the guitar cable behind him during his audience walk about routine. The very first system was a Schaffer-Vega diversity system, which was a bulky system, the transmitter was usually duct taped to Angus’ guitar to avoid any movement or disconnection from the guitar jack, at one point it possibly even being implanted into the cavity of his Gibson SG to help with stability of the unit during Angus’ wild stage antics. Angus would continue to use these systems for at least a decade or more. More recently, Angus (and Malcolm) have been using the Lectrosonics wireless guitar systems on stage. Bon Scott told in an interview about his first encounter at the New York Palladium dressing room "I walked into the dressing room and there was Angus at one end playing his guitar and the amps at the other. No cords were connecting 'em! It was amazing to see. And Angus had this 'Cheshire Cat' grin all over his face and evil thoughts seemed to be going through his brain as to what havoc he could wreak with this evil little invention".... Angus eagerly stated in an interview in 1977, "When we get back to Europe the first stop is gonna be London... No one will know what's hit 'em!"  
Back In Black Tone Project Update (“Critical” info inside, from Mr. Townsend at Avid)
Due to the incredible availability and kindness of Mr. Chris Townsend at Avid - I would like to remind you that Mr. Townsend is Lead Guitar Products Architect at Avid, and he is responsible for all algorythms for FXs and amplfier modeling inside both the Eleven Plug in for Pro Tools AND the Eleven Rack - I have been exchanging emails - feverishly from my side of the ocean lol - talking about my experimentation to debunk, dissect and reproduce faithfully Mr. Angus Young's guitar sound on the whole Back in Black album. As this is my personal life-dream (guitar wise), this is all very meaningful to me; so I will take a chance to thank again Mr. Townsend for all of this (thank you, Chris!). Here is his take on the compression side of the Schaffer Vega:
Chris Townsend wrote: Hi Fil, I definitely agree that there was some sort compression
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Let There Be VEGAs: the Quest formally begins.
So, here they are to us (these three later Cetec-Vega Diversity units). "Us", I would say, as I hope you'll follow this one closely with me, as you have always. These wireless, Cetec-Vega Diversity units here were intended mostly for microphone transmission (levalier), not guitar.  In order to try and match what I think is closer to the original Schaffer-Vega Diversity Units (which is the core of this project), they will have to be modified (mainly and hopefully, the input jack type - see pictures - and a few components on the transmitter only). They have arrived just now, three complete units (One receiver and one transmitter per complete system). In short, the following are my facts and hypothesis (both of which took me years to put together) from which I am officially starting my quest: