I hadn't bothered with my Chaos mod TS9 since more or less the time I repainted and re-arranged my room, since the Roadster was now getting plugged into the same power strip as my computer, and the AC adapter I grabbed for the TS9 wasn't really conveniently able to reach from the side of the room my strip needed to be plugged in. So, I just never hooked it up, figuring for routine fucking around it wasn't a big deal, but if I ever wanted the boost on while tracking I could just plug it in and run it off battery.
The problem with this arrangement is that it made moving my amp an absolute clusterfuck, since I had to identify and unplug the amp and the AC adaptor for my DL4 from, oh, a computer, computer monitor, 2 monitor speakers, AC adapter for my Peterson tuner, Firepod AC adaptor, AC adaptor for a Presonus Pre, chord for my Sansamp, etc. What a mess. So, I ended up doing a very bad thing and simply plugging in a second power strip into the first, running that to the other side of my desk, and hooking just the guitar stuff up to that one. Much better.
Last night, while jamming out with some Andy Timmons, I found myself kind of wishing my strat sounded a bit "fuller" through the Recto. Great attack, very detailed, but his midrange sounded a bit more saturated than mine. It occured to me that he was a boost user, so I took a few minutes to hook the TS9 back up and plug my Strat in through there.
Night and day. The midrange filled out, the signal smoothed out a bit, I was still getting good attack but the sustain behind it was better, and the signal was a little gainier in kind of an appealing manner (and I was adding JUST the slightest amount of grit from the pedal, plus a sliiiight volume boost). Grabbed my UV, grabbed the PRS - same deal. Even the clean channel still sounded fine, given how subtle the changes were on the pedal, yet the gain channels just sounded fuller, yet with a tighter, more defined low end.
Chris, I'm sorry I didn't have this hooked up the other night while you were down - your Roadster GAS would be through the roof right now.
It already is through the roof.
Your amp sounds better not because of the boost, but because I fiddled with it when you weren't looking.