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My “SECRET-1” Tone Demo/Review

17 Mar My “SECRET-1” Tone Demo/Review

As my confidence with recording audio and video grows – given all the new technology I have been employing – my hunger for video production grows. Which I hope is going to be good for us.

What interests me much is continuous comparison, A/B among guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, recording techniques and much more. It’s really interesting and I do it a lot on my own.

I’d like though to start publishing more of what I do on my own. So here is a demo of the boost pedal I like the most, among all the ones I tried so far (Klon, MXR 10 bands, Ibanez original 1980s Tubescreamer. RAT and some others).

I am waiting on some other ones coming to me, such as the “box of rock” and two different boosts, a mid boost and a treble boost. Besides all this, you also know that I’m working on the Vega units. So a lot is to come, hopefully.

However, this pedal here is what really flicked the switch in my mind about 10 days ago, when I started to massively test Marshall-Tube-Amps-Input-Channel-Boosting for AC/DC “things”.

Please note: this video is circa 25 minutes long. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

secret one movie from SoloDallas on Vimeo.

I believe the reason is the fact that it sounds really good, credible, there is no “suspicion” in the tone I perceive when I use it. Not so with any other pedal. Which is also why I never used pedals consistently in my life. Always been a straight-into-amp kind-of-guy.

This has changed. I will always have this one with me, plus whatever comes out of the whole Vega Project (I suggest we call it the Vega Project lol).

So, after contacting the guys who make this – Luca & Guido @ CloeGuitars – we agreed that a discount could be made for the members of solodallas.com. So if you intend even to just get a price quote from them (English is welcome) please remember to mention you are a registered member of solodallas.com and please provide your user name for them to check. I’ll be posting this video on youtube as well, so some interested people may come from there, too. Non registered members will not get a discount. EDIT: Been told that some requests have already landed. Pretty cool, I like to be “trustable”. Now, the guys ask that anyone go directly to www.secretefx.com for price quotes, more info etc. Thank you!

Why this you may wonder? To make a network, I may answer you.

My ambitions for solodallas.com are high. I really want to conquer the web. I think we have a lot to give as a community and as single individuals. So, exchanging favors between businesses (as happens with Aracom and may happen with Metro and who knows what more) is – I think – the way to start. This could eventually also bring a stream of money to solodallas.com, hopefully, helping its survival without my constant injection of resources.

Let me state clearly that you do not have to buy this because I said so. There’s readers of all ages here at solodallas.com, and I fear that you among the younger ones may be inclined to do things just because people you trust tell you to. Please do not unless you are certain that you like what you hear here. Please also remember that Clean Boost pedals work well with (some) tube amps. I only tested this on Marshall amps (new and old). Feel free to bombard me with questions at any time. I’ll do my best as always to answer you.

The thought of suggesting something for purchase always terrifies me, as the last thing on earth I want is you spending your money on something you don’t need or don’t like.

Having said this though, I would re-purchase this boost immediately. Best boost ever heard/tried.

This demo was shot on a ’79 Marshall 2203 recently re-tubed and re-biased (all my amps are going through this process now) and finally converted to 220 mains. Cabinet is the now restored 1969 1960A with original Pre-Rola G12Ms 25 watts. This cabinet has instantly become my favorite one among all the ones I have (3). So much that I purchased a set of 4 more original Pre-Rola G12Ms from 1969 that I found for sale at the MarshallForum.com.

Guitars played – for no specific reason, just for variety – are the wrongly stated 1961 SG Standard (I call it a 1961 still in my mind but it’s a ’62, only minor differences involved), a 1969 Standard and a 1967 Standard with a Di Marzio pickup from the 1980s (I believe the pickup type is a Super Distortion).

Microphone used was just one (the usual large diaphragm condenser AT4047), on axis but off center, slightly below the cone centre and slightly on the right side of it. This not only captures much of the nuances happening inside the cabinet (terrific things go on internally on a 4×12 cabinet), but decreases some excess high frequencies coming from the centre of the cone, etc.

Little processing was done on post; mainly just reverb.

You will notice that the video starts with guitar audio coming in from camera only, for a few seconds. Then coming in from microphone only (correctly, as intended) for the rest of the video. This was due to a ProTools glitch which started for some reason delayed recording. Sorry for this.

The noise you hear when on camera audio (essentially on speech) is a fan that I run inside the lab when heat from multiple sources (computers, amplifiers, attenuator, 27″ computer screen, …) becomes simply unbearable.

You can’t hear it from the microphone, but you will hear it from the camera audio.

The sort of delay on the speech is due to different synchro of the speech audio coming from the camera and the one coming from the microphone. There is no delay added in pre or post to the audio.

Here’s some pictures for you:

SECRET-1 front and back (blue light on = unit is on).

This unit comes into a Military Box (real military gear) made of sturdy metal. Qualititavie construction. Black box underneath is not part of the product but only used as a photo shoot stand for the unit.

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Microphone position and 1960A vintage cabinet:

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A couple of 1970s Marshall 2203s (on top, 1979, used for this review; bottom, 1977)

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106 Comments
  • avatar
    Dimitri92
    Posted at 00:01h, 18 March

    Wow, never thought you’d use a pedal haha.
    Sounds great! I’ll be trying this tomorrow myself with tubescreamer: only using level and tone, gain at zero.
    Always used it just as a little gain boost.

    • avatar
      frankjoss
      Posted at 13:01h, 18 March

      Hi Dimiitri , I’ve got an old TS-10 thats been hanging around , do you think this would work like the Secret-1?
      No gain of course. And while I’m here would a Hugh & Kettner Tubeman work as a boost. I can get my greedy hands on one, but it seems to be more a overdrive than a boost. I’ll try my TS tonight.

      • avatar
        Dimitri92
        Posted at 13:43h, 18 March

        Still at school, i’ll be trying it with my TS5 in a few hours and let you know what I find out. But if it works with a ts5 it’ll probably work with your ts10 too. All the orignial ibanez tubescreamers have similar schematics.

        • avatar
          Dimitri92
          Posted at 18:59h, 18 March

          Finally been able to try, after school social life kicked in xD Also very important haha
          So my results,
          using a TS-5 tubescreamer: lvl at 1 o clock, tone too and gain/drive at zero.
          I experienced similar results as Fil! =)
          It sound fuller, but not with loads more gain, maybe a little. Not very noticeable. I think you’re just driving the amp a bit more which makes it sound bigger?

  • avatar
    nitroangus23
    Posted at 22:18h, 17 March

    You’ve totally nailed the For Those About To Rock sound Fil.

    Seriously,

    The title track and Let’s Get It Up sound spot on.

    Back In Black at the end sounds very close too,

    Another piece of the seemingly endless puzzle has been found my good man 😀

    lol Sounds as though you’ve stumbled onto something great.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:28h, 18 March

      Gee, I wasn’t looking for FTABR tone and I found it! 😛
      Seriously, thank you 🙂 Lots to do more!

      • avatar
        nitroangus23
        Posted at 02:27h, 21 March

        haha

        No problem 😀

        Keep on,who knows what else you’ll accidentally find,

        lol

  • avatar
    jakesg61
    Posted at 20:17h, 17 March

    I dont think id ever get as close as Fil to that tone, becuase im am using a reissue head, I mean obviously the originals sound better than the reissues, I still think with a reissue you can get a pretty decent/close ac/dc tone but obviously an original is better, maybe some day when i can offord one hehe. 😀

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:32h, 18 March

      Jake, lets kill this false myth: reissue head WILL get your there. I think they sound terrific, especially if it’s good ones (Metro Amps, modified Marshall Reissues with caps changed and so on). Reissue “simple circuit” tube amp sound excellent. We or I still buy the old ones at times just to make sure 100% I will nail what I am looking for. But I’ve been using Metro and the Bray Head and really can’t hear such significant differences. The most importnat thing would be instead not the head, but the cabinet! That I will choose as vintage ONLY. Because speakers have been broken in, were different, etc. Cabinets are really important.

  • avatar
    Tyler
    Posted at 20:11h, 17 March

    The boost works great, nice transparent boost with that extra bit of drive. I can’t understand guys that use regualr distortion pedals, most of the time they sound horrible and unrealistic, these kind of natural boosts and overdrives are really great because they don’t color your tone that much, really not at all. I thought the 67 sg sounded great with that dimarzio, I wish you gave the korina sg a run through that!

  • avatar
    SGACE
    Posted at 18:58h, 17 March

    Nice sound from both three guitars, it is ac/dc sound but to me it is not exactly where it has to be.. Maybe is the mic, maybe are the settings,maybe is the pedal, I don’t know. What I know for sure is that it is a nice test to see and hear different things and we have to thank you about the time that you spend…
    You mentioned in the clip that the sound gets more 3D, yes it is..

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:09h, 17 March

      Thanks George,
      I wasn’t looking for any specific AC/DC tone here. Just put that one microphone there and wen for recording, with 2203 settings that should be however correct. I was more willing to let the differences be heard with Secret on and off, and partially, some differences among the guitars. There is indeed a lot of work for me to do still to nail 100% specific album/era tones, etc.

      • avatar
        SGACE
        Posted at 19:48h, 17 March

        I boost pedal is in fact a good solution.. maybe in some cases the only solution… As you know I am in constant search, so for now I have a few things to mention..
        1. I have said that they were using a 2204 combo (2104), it is correct BUT there is a very very small chance that this 50 watt amp that it is mentioned in many interviews to be the rare version of 2104 that it has to be the 2144 that it included a reverb and boost switch (extra 6db).

        2. I bought recently in a very good price a JCM900 slx50 watt.
        I am playin it constantly and I was surprised how easily it can achieve 1981- 1991 sounds.. Dont start to throw me tomatoes or similar things, but the sound is compressed in the right amount and it has something that the JMP does not have, sustain also it has a second channel to boost the signal.. Of course I am not saying that AC/DC have ever played with JCM900 because they didnt, but it gives me something that is extremely tight and with the right portion of gain.. If there are any other guys using a JCM900, I would really appreciate their comments..

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 09:40h, 18 March

          George,
          the JCM 900 was my very first Marshall in my life. I only could afford one when I was 23 years old (I remember that very well). It was an “Anniversary” head and cabinet, slanted, they were “blue” in color. I loved it to death. I kept that one for years, and I ended up modifying the clean channel to get more of an older Marshall vibe. Believe it or not, but I was browsing through ebay for a JCM900 the other day. Throwing tomatoes at someone? I’d rather shoot in my foot! You know I am not a snob 😉 I might, but only if you used it for death-metal, trash metal, …. lol

        • avatar
          ar2619Rob
          Posted at 18:48h, 18 March

          George, there is an excellent AC/DC tribute band in the U.K called Live Wire, they have both singers and play all over the world. I have seen them a few times and they use JCM900.

  • avatar
    06AngusSG
    Posted at 18:57h, 17 March

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What I hear on all 3 guitars is a very good tone w/o boost and prefection with. W/o they all have good tone but tend to have a “muffled” sound. With the pedal that “3rd” dimention kicks in. The problem I’m having with my boost is I have the same controls as this one but I get no vol/boost if I don’t use the gain to a certain extent. This overdistorts or mudds it up too much.

    Congrats on a jewel of a find Fil!!!!

    And nice shirt.” Advertising Helps Me Decide!” Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! 🙂

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:10h, 17 March

      😛 I wanted some irony! 😉

  • avatar
    svh366
    Posted at 16:15h, 17 March

    so guys, what do you think: would a marshall bluesbraker serve as well??

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:11h, 17 March

      I have that one somewhere, but haven’t tried it with all I know now. I am told it is a terrific one, really really good.

      • avatar
        svh366
        Posted at 19:57h, 17 March

        the reason that I did not try one yet was that I dont want an “amp-simulating” pedal, just a nice boost. but maybe I’ll just wait for something like the sdnet-1 =)

        • avatar
          svh366
          Posted at 20:14h, 17 March

          btw, decided to give it a try with the bluesbraker, will try it with my ’79 JMP, will let you guys know how it sounds 😉

          • avatar
            SoloDallas
            Posted at 09:41h, 18 March

            PLEASE record something with it and post it via link

            • avatar
              svh366
              Posted at 11:48h, 18 March

              i hate to admit that I don’t have a microphone yet =)

              • avatar
                SoloDallas
                Posted at 11:56h, 18 March

                You “hate do admit”? What’s the problem? There isn’t. Please don’t forget I shot tutorials and performance videos with simply my laptop for years. Use whaterver you have, even an iPhone (which is how I recorded my band the other day!). Whatever is there to record, we use. We don’t care. The “falvor” of the amp will come out anyways. But also, feel free to do at your discretion as in, if you don’t feel like it, don’t do it. We DO respect feelings here. However, feel “Light”. No one will judge. Judging is a human being natural instinct (I like/do not like this, it comes to us immediately) however, we make an effort to not offend each other, and understand our different level abilities and all that. I will stress this until I die. No worries, feel literally “free” and “Light hearted”. This MUST be the spirit here at solodallas. I mean… just look at my faces and body moves. Embrarrassing. Still, I’m out here posting me, me and me. Please keep all of this in mind 🙂

                • avatar
                  svh366
                  Posted at 12:01h, 18 March

                  hahaha! ok, i’ll try it via iphone, will get a tripod for it tomorrow, bb will also arrive tomorrow!

  • avatar
    HagusYoung
    Posted at 16:07h, 17 March

    From what i head, the things you like and want, you will simply love the boost of the box of rock.
    As soon as youve got it, i will let you some tone tricks with it. Oh god, i love that pedal. (its actually 2 boosts … in one pedal)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:13h, 17 March

      I’m really curious about the box in fact. I will still pursue the Vega thing to make sure we get it right; but should I find that some box already on the market does it, I’ll just say it and suggest we all go and get what already exists

      • avatar
        HagusYoung
        Posted at 18:31h, 18 March

        Of course, the bor is not gonna replace the vega, at least not in its destinctive tone (hell Id like to have one, I still dont know what it does to the sound) but the bor sure is a pedal for all the Marshall fans around here that look for a pedal to play a nonmv head at bedroomvolume (with the “distortion” side simulating an early JTM45 exacly!, it took me a few days to find the right settings because its so sensitive) or those who look for clean boost, that adds somthing “bigger” sounding to their signal. I guess thats what Angus liked about the boost feature, the fact that it could fatten up his tone instead of getting sharp or picky or cutting in the bass (a lot of early radio systems did that).

  • avatar
    Chris
    Posted at 15:37h, 17 March

    amazing, I need that “secret 1”, where did you get it from Fil, I can’t remember ^^’

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:13h, 17 March

      Link is in the text mate

  • avatar
    solocali
    Posted at 15:24h, 17 March

    the boosts sounds good but the coolest thing is it really makes it sound 3 deminstional….. it makes it sound like you have two marshalls going at once (:

  • avatar
    solocali
    Posted at 15:19h, 17 March

    hey Fil do you run the pedal straight into the amp or the effects loop

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 15:28h, 17 March

      The old Marshalls don’t have an effects loop. So it only can go straight into the amp.

      • avatar
        solocali
        Posted at 16:01h, 17 March

        when I bought my jmp it was modded with an effects loop if I put the pedal into the effects loop would it change the tone

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 19:14h, 17 March

          Well, I think the best way to use it for this purpose (Angus-ish) is to use it in front of the amp (i.e., input). It is possible to use it in the effects loop naturally, but it will give different results. I would use the FX loop input for delay, reverb, chorus, …

  • avatar
    banane
    Posted at 13:44h, 17 March

    Again a really good boost demo. And it came in the right moment for the lunch break 🙂

  • avatar
    Angusrocks
    Posted at 13:32h, 17 March

    Thank you Fil, again and as usual this is very interesting. What i noticed is that this DiMarzio sounds much more powerful than the others, because of the higher output, i think, and not only more powerful even better.
    To your sound at all, i would say, everything is a little bit too trebly and gainy. Maybe because of your booster or your ampsettings, i don`t know. I also don`t know what your microphone does to the sound. I really would like to hear it natural, but this is unfortunalety not possible. When i listen to Back In Black it always sounds to me as a mixture of a clear but overdriven sound wich is a little dark and also with a good shot of bass. Just very powerful ! I`m sure this DiMarzio is the right pickup for this particular sound.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:43h, 18 March

      It’s very strange how DI Marzios “behave”. You know I know have another high DC resistance one in Blackie, but still it won’t sound like that. These Di Marzios are beasts. I’ll tell you what, I don’t know why Angus didn’t like one? I actually do 🙂

      • avatar
        Angusrocks
        Posted at 10:05h, 18 March

        yes, that`s right, that`s a thing i can`t understand either. They sound fantastic !!
        Just Back In Blackish ((-:

  • avatar
    svh366
    Posted at 13:31h, 17 March

    it sounds absolutely stunning, i think you’ve discovered a “new world of tone”!! but what do you think, will your own “boost boxes” be a bit less expensive?? =)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:44h, 18 March

      See mate, the people who build these boxes go for a “niche” market. Maybe the boosts cost as much as USD 20 to them. The components inside are for sure nothing precious. Still, they will price it in the hundreds. This one is no exception. If “my box” will see the light, I will try my best to keep its price low. But also, I’ll be providing what is necessary to build one – hopefully – so people could be able to build one themselves

      • avatar
        svh366
        Posted at 11:52h, 18 March

        well, I hope the bluesbraker will sound similar! 🙂
        three weeks left until aracom-arrival =)

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 11:59h, 18 March

          It may sound a lot better. This is the truth and we must speak the truth. There is no such thing as “made recent = better”. Actually, we’re kinda looking backwards here, aren’t we? Looking at vintage stuff, trying to re-create old sounds etc. There may be units (pedals, whatever) that for some intent/purpose sound brilliantly and sound like shit for something else 🙂 I believe it will sound pretty good, as general word on the bluesbreaker is that it is a terrific boost.

          • avatar
            svh366
            Posted at 12:03h, 18 March

            i’ll post post the results within the next few days =D

  • avatar
    jakesg61
    Posted at 13:22h, 17 March

    I closed my eyes when listening to you turning the unit off and on, Fil……. I think you’ve cracked it, honestly maybe your ears my tell you different but to me that is right there or if not 99%, you know amazingly close.
    Very well done 😀

  • avatar
    frankjoss
    Posted at 13:08h, 17 March

    Seems to me that all the nuances of your playing become more “visible” to the ear. More earthy in the background grain under the notes, a bit more gravel in the mix, as you said tougher and rougher…
    Love it

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:45h, 18 March

      Frank, I would say that your ears and the terms you use to describe tone are far advanced for a novice… impressive? You may have it in the blood. After all, the forming members of AC/DC were… Scottish!

  • avatar
    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 12:50h, 17 March

    Very informative and enjoyable. I love the way the boost brings the intro’s to Y.S.M.A.N.L. and F.T.A.T.R alive and I’m completely convinced. Also, that cab is Secret-1A incredible tone 🙂

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:51h, 17 March

      Thank you Sir 🙂

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:52h, 17 March

      PS read my shirt. That’s why I had it on here. It’s… ahem… sarcastic (always try to put some irony in there) 😉

      • avatar
        ar2619Rob
        Posted at 12:57h, 17 March

        Yeah, I did pick up on it! I also thought reading the text, re: younger members that (in irony) I at 42, haven’t been influenced to buy a ’71 Sg, a 2204 or a vintage cab with Greenbacks, neither will I be influenced to buy any more gear, now where’s my chequebook?
        I expect Franz will deny being influenced too!

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 13:19h, 17 March

          Yeah, right, I’m absolutely denying this. I was never been affected by gear addiction syndrome. Did not buy a 2204 or a MXR pedal just for this reason.

          Now, where do I have to enter my credit card number?

          • avatar
            06AngusSG
            Posted at 18:59h, 17 March

            I’ll have to jump in here because my David Bray /”SoloDallas” modded 1987x has NOTHING to do SoloDallas!!!! 🙂 😉 🙂

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 09:46h, 18 March

          I read your message in front of the wife. I felt guilt and pride at the same time. That possible you think? 😉

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 10:00h, 18 March

            Hehe, you could tell her that just advertising helped me decide to buy my gear 😉

          • avatar
            06AngusSG
            Posted at 17:58h, 18 March

            I look at it as you went through the test drive for me so I already knew what I wanted. And found me a good tech as well.
            Possible or not, there shouldn’t be guilt. We’re all happy with our new gear and there was no gun in your hand saying “buy this now” 🙂

            No worries 😉

          • avatar
            ar2619Rob
            Posted at 18:05h, 18 March

            For me, if I couldn’t afford it I wouldn’t buy it. I’ve wanted these things since I was a teenager, you’ve actually saved me money as I have bought the right gear. 🙂

            • avatar
              06AngusSG
              Posted at 18:19h, 18 March

              Hey Rob,

              Did you ever get your caps switched? If so, how was the result?

              • avatar
                ar2619Rob
                Posted at 18:57h, 18 March

                I changed both tone caps for .22mF orange drops with the volume end connected 50’s style. Less muddy when rolling off now. I have a stack of resistors and sprague caps that I was going to try as a series treble bleed cct, but since using the boost I don’t feel the need. As I’m now in the middle of the volume pot the tone is consistent and adjustable with the amp eq. My guitar has a sharp increase in tone from 8.5 to 10 on the volume but I’m no longer up there. I am waiting on Fil’s pick up results though as mine is <7.5k, at this moment I'm thinking Angus sig humbucker but who know's, maybe Riff Raff. I'll see how the tone is then before any more mod's.
                Anybody know if the Angus sig pickup is available with a chrome cover? I've only seen nickel and would have to swap covers, don't fancy disturbing the wax on a new unit, or is this no problem?

                • avatar
                  06AngusSG
                  Posted at 19:43h, 18 March

                  Theat’s great to hear!! Glad it worked out. Did it also fix the pickup/switch position problem?

                  My bridge is an AY Sig. Tests out at Around 9.6k. Haven’t really tried anything else except a stock 489T.

                  I also have the little “spike” in vol/tone at the very top of my vol. knob. I’m only using little boost so I’m still at the top. I kinda like it for Rythm – Lead/Solo transition. I wonder if that’s common on ’50’s wiring, and is there a way to tame that. Maybe with a linear pot rather than audio?

                  AY sig only has ever come in Nickel & Gold.(now only Nickel) There is a video tutorial at the MOJO site linked in my wiring post for changing covers. Looks very easy and worry free. 🙂

                  • avatar
                    ar2619Rob
                    Posted at 20:27h, 18 March

                    I watched a cover change video on youtube and it’s not difficult, I just would prefer it in chrome if available as the others are, so I could keep my original unit untouched but whatever 🙂 Yes, both pickups working again on centre position. The boost is having the best tone effect for me with lead work, a much thicker fuller tone. It’s compensating really well for the old pick ups.

            • avatar
              banane
              Posted at 19:41h, 18 March

              Same for me. Dreamed for a long time about having just what I have now. And I got the right gear just as the first attempt. That saved a lot of money indeed.

              • avatar
                Kev
                Posted at 21:23h, 18 March

                that’s exactly what I thought, too. Fil had “risked” a lot of money to search for the best gear and then presented the results to us =) thank you, Fil!!!

  • avatar
    Kinglance
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 March

    After seeing the whole video: I love that DiMarzio pick-up a lot! Sounds sharp as a knife! I don’t know if I love that boost-pedal. For me it sounds more voilent with it. This is ofcourse no offence to you, only my taste :p

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:37h, 17 March

      This IS the way that it has to be. I will never ever take offence. I actually do welcome YOUR input exactly for this reason: here at solodallas.net, all of us have been learning by our mutual opinions, experiences etc. Never be afraid to state your opinion 🙂

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 13:26h, 17 March

      Thats funny, I get a similar tone here with the MXR pedal. Not as good as Fil, but sounds familiar. And last weekend we had some friends at home, I played a bit around and they said that too. “Sounds more violent” 🙂 And thats correct, it’s a lot more “right in your face” now.

      • avatar
        SoloDallas
        Posted at 09:49h, 18 March

        Yes, that is exactly the expression that came to me: in your face. Now, we have to keep in mind that most clean boost (and we’re talking about top end ones here: MXR 10 band, Secret-1, … ) will deliver, no doubt. I am in fact a bit perplexed when I “review” something stating I like it, because it could put in a different light “all the other gear” that I am not praising. Bullshit I say. I am sure that the same result can be reached. The MXR has many more possibilities of shaping tone etc. It’s just more elaborate to use!

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 10:16h, 18 March

          Yes, thought that too. Especially the usage of pedals at all. I was always proud of AC/DC because they don’t use any sound effects. Not we know that this is not fully true.

          And yes, the MXR is very nice for general tone shaping, but one have to experiment a lot with it. I like the tone I get with it very much, bit I’m still not satisfied 🙂

          • avatar
            SoloDallas
            Posted at 10:26h, 18 March

            I am not (satisfied) either. Though I now seriously like the tone I begin getting here 🙂 Franz, I think we will be satisfied once we have fully debunked the way he got his tone back then. Once – for example – the Vega thing is cleared out (what type of volume boost do the vega have? What freqs do they boost specifically? What is the built in compressor like? How does it act? Does wireless transmission take a big part of all this?).
            Once at least all of these questions will have specific answers – it WILL happen, I’ll make it happen By God – you’ll see, everything will begin to clear out and we’ll get there.
            And once there, we’ll get bored. And we’ll have to move onto something else. lol

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              banane
              Posted at 10:32h, 18 March

              Yes, the boost was a big surprise, a really big step. Hehe, yeah, thought that too, what will we do when we found out all the secrets? Maybe we’re all rock gods then 😉

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                svh366
                Posted at 11:57h, 18 March

                i think, once “we” have discovered every single detail, angus himself will post a comment with greetings here =D

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    svh366
    Posted at 12:07h, 17 March

    OMG, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL =)

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    Kinglance
    Posted at 11:53h, 17 March

    That boost-pedal… Have you an idea for how much members on solodallas.net could buy that?
    What interesses me: There are two cables inputted in the pedal? Normal you need only one input or am I wrong?

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      Kinglance
      Posted at 11:55h, 17 March

      Ow sorry! I’m so stupid! Ofcourse there’s one in the input and the other goes out the output… Stupid me! 😀

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      Dries
      Posted at 11:55h, 17 March

      erm.. In and out maybe..

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