Does anyone have any suggestions for building up patches from the ground? For example, I think, "I'd like to build a Powerball model and a Rectifier Orange model and try them out at my band's next rehearsal." I'm not going to have time to dick with the tone much when I'm at rehearsal, so I want to walk in with two solid tones, but I've never owned either of these amplifiers. Hell, I've never even played a Powerball.
What's the logical progression to optimizing these different amps when there are 100 fucking parameters on top of the basic "gain, bass, mid, treb, presence, master" controls?
Is there a sort of "neutral" mic and cab I should use for auditioning and tweaking amp tones and then add the cabs later? Or since different amps will likely sound better with different amps/cabs, do I have to just tackle it all?
Chain: Drive -> Amp -> Cabinet
T808 OD with the drive at 0, tone set to your personal taste, and level at 10.
Whichever amp you want with the EQ EQed however you want. I can't really give any recommendations for drive or whatever since each amp is completely different.
A 4x12 amp that goes good with the amp you picked with the R121 COND mic (my favorite cab is the 4x12 CALI, but there are a ton of good ones such as the GERMAN and the RECTOs). I think I have the R121 COND mic on every single preset I have ever made.