SoloDallas’ “Back In Rack” (lol) With Avid’s Eleven Rack™

24 Mar SoloDallas’ “Back In Rack” (lol) With Avid’s Eleven Rack™


you haven’t seen me for two days, have you?

Certainly you couldn’t care less, I know, and you’re right 🙂

But I was working on this “tune”, if we can call it so (and I don’t know).

Thing is, that last sunday Avid’s Mr. Chris Townsend had gotten in touch with me regarding my use of Eleven Rack. He had seen a couple of my videos (maybe less) and he said he liked them. So he said that they would give me a beta version in advance to the General Availability for the public of the latest update for the Eleven Rack (it’s a pay-for update and they gave me a perfectly working beta for free!).

Eleven Rack is a splendid piece of Hardware and Software – a modeler, they call it – that emulates the whole signal path from guitar to “tape” (hard disk), that is, amplifier, effects, cabinets, microphones and many super cool other functions. We had talked about it a bit when I was using it so much last summer.

Mr. Townsend and his Team just released a much awaited update to the software (firmware) of the machine, that allows for even more things than before, with new amps, effects and… speaker breakup.

See, a very important thing with Marshall – but any other type of driven heads and cabinets – is that its speakers also “break up” (i.e., distort) to the incredible power of its amps. That additional drive/distortion is an important part/component of the final tone that we hear and love on all records.

So they added it. They had to rework the internal algorythms, as it is a very calculus (CPU) intensive operation. So it hadn’t been possible to squeeze it in earlier. They now did it, and Mr. Townsend kindly asked me to test it.

Understand my joy and excitement: speaker breakup is one of my most desireable features to achieve, as I – with an attenuator – rarely can achieve it with my real amps and cabinets. I try and simulate it adding a lot of bass on the amp head (and then taking it away in post equalization) but I don’t know what I really achieve (laughs).

So I did this little thing here. I had a blast. A very intese one, as it took me two days of work to do, but I owed it to them.

Judge for yourself what you think of their “sound”. I used exclusively their model of Plexi 50W (I think it’s a 1987) that I boosted with a compressor in front of it (a modeled compressor, inside Eleven Rack) as I now do with my Marshalls. Cabinet used is a 25w 4×12 and microphone is an U67 off axis. Basically, exactly how I do it for real here.

I love the result. Gave me a chance – because of its ease of use, its immediacy of operation, interface and straight design (always wanted to tell them how I love the design of the Rack, it’s SO intuitive) – to do my thing thowing in this two minutes of rock of mine.

Details will follow (now I need to eat!)

Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

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    Posted at 19:58h, 03 June

    Damn that sounds good!
    I wonder what settings you use for the “boost”?
    No gain full volume or is there more to it than that?
    Do you still EQ post amp with the graphic EQ?
    And just how much speaker breakup is there in this!? 😀
    Fantastic playing.

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    Posted at 07:13h, 13 April

    Definitely the boost is one of the Angus’ weapons Fil, no doubt. But I have my own idea that he actually uses it sometimes and DON’T uses it other times. Listening carefully all that you play on this video, sometimes I “feel” a closer Angus tone when you switch the boost off. Sometime. Sometimes the opposite.

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    Posted at 17:29h, 31 March

    I love watching the way you play switch in this video. On the Gretsch, youre kinda bouncing along and just carrying it, and when you star playing lead theres power and control. I definately play differently in different mindsets.

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    Posted at 07:28h, 29 March

    I would love to get my hands on this update to try it out. I was not quite liking the very first revision asto me it seemed grainy or digital to my ears. I agree with what you said to me on youtube though fil, this update seems to have woke up the beast in eleven. What you get in this video is nowhere near what I can get with my version at all, and I have put in a big effort. Can’t wait till the rest of us can get this. Cheers, IC.

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    Posted at 22:18h, 28 March

    Aye. Very impressed at that bit of kit (and music) Fil. You cannie beat the modellers for just capturiung a multi instrument idea quickly and easily! Rock on 🙂 Phil

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      Posted at 21:29h, 29 March

      Writen as spoken by a proud Scotsman 🙂 alright Phil?

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        Posted at 21:57h, 29 March

        hehe. A proud man from Northern Ireland Rob. In fairness my broad Scottish accent says otherwise mate! All good thank you 🙂 On a recording frenzy at the moment and playing LOADS of geetar. Is fun again!

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          Posted at 23:32h, 29 March

          So damn good to see you here Phil. ‘D’ love to see you here often. Cheers from India matey!!!!

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            Posted at 23:45h, 29 March

            Enjoy you jammy git! Man hugs to the family crew 🙂

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    Posted at 13:39h, 26 March

    U must love that Gretsch!! It’s irresistable :p Love your own songs!! 😀 Especially love the chorus!! Great turn in the song. Top class bas-playing also!! Great work!! Greetz, J-L

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