08 Oct AC/DC – Love Hungry Man (tone sample and settings)
First of all, I’d like to introduce myself since this is my first post here on solodallas.com as a contributor.
My name is Adam, I’m 18, and I’m a huge classic rock fan and player from Hungary. I’ve been playing for quite a few years now, and I plan to do this for a living. My all-time favorite is (of course) AC/DC, but I also like lots of other classic rock bands/guys such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Guns n’ Roses, Free, The Who, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix etc. I could go on for about a page more, but let’s get to the interesting part, shall we?
Today, I recorded a quick sketch of the rhythm part of Love Hungry Man. I’m really into getting the HWTH (album) tone, and this was my first attempt (the beginning of a journey, if you like 😀 )
When Fil heard it, he told me right away that I must post it 😛 So here it is guys:
Please note that this is 100% RAW (no EQ, no compression, no anything… just straight out of the mic, into my sound card. That’s it!)
If you listen carefully, you can hear my (i)phone ringing in the background, at the end (lol 😛 )
Now some technical stuff for all you tone maniacs 😛
- Guitar: Vintage VS6 SG. I’ll probably do a post in the future featuring this guitar in detail. For now, let me just tell you that it ROCKS 😛 Tonewise, it’s the best SG you can get, of course except for Gibson, and those amazing Japanese guitars like Burny and Greco. This guitar gets really close to the real thing! It has the pickup cover removed, which gives it a nice open and dynamic tone with a hotter output.
- Amp: replica of a Marshall Super Lead (“1959″ circuit). 100% hand-wired amp, with very accurate specs. It also features a Lar/Mar PPIMV. The amp only has two power tubes installed right now (pretty worn JJ EL34s) in order to get 50W instead of 100W. Not to blow up my 50W cab, I also decreased the volume a bit by setting the PPIMV to 35-40W actual output power.
- Cab: replica of a Marshall 2061CX (2×12″) cabinet. (same dimensions as Fil’s 4×10″, but it has two 12s instead). Inside, there are two Celestion G12M Greenbacks (UK-made, dating back to 2001). BTW, this is a home-made cabinet, which I made myself It’s a really well-built one.
- Mic: one single Shure SM57. off-axis, right on the grill cloth (0 distance), 90 degrees angle
- Recording: Line6 Toneport GX. Nothing special here…
Here’s a picture of my cab (click to enlarge… but it’s not large at all… lol :D):
The amp sitting on top, is my little 5 watter (will be featured in a future post). This is not the amp I used here.
Considering the fact that my gear is not as high-end (as for example Fil’s), I think it sounds TERRIFIC (that sounded like Fil, haha :D). In my opinion this is about the cheapest and simplest gear that is still able to reproduce the AC/DC tone pretty much spot-on! (if you use it in the right way)
Oh, I almost forgot the amp settings 😛 presence: 10, bass: 3, middle: 7, treble: 7, volume I: 8, top left input.
I set the presence to 10, because I positioned the mic a bit too off-axis, and I already marked that place on the cab with ducktape 😛 (YES, it’s a very useful technique to remember your mic positions )
Well, I guess that’s all for now folks. If I’ll have the time, I’ll do a gear review post, featuring the equipment mentioned above, in detail, plus some tricks and tips for recording a decent tone at home, and some photos. Stay tuned!
May the force be with you 😛