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  1. #1

    Join Date: Jan 2011
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    How much gain

    Just wondering to all my metal guitar peeps. How much gain you guys like to use live. I just played a show with a guest guitarist. And he had his gain at like 4 or 5 o'clock. I told him I keep mine at 1 to 2 o'clock he told me that was recording multitrack recording levels. I said well why does mine sound heavier and fuller than yours. So help solve this thanks.
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    Just waiting for Chris to chime in with "all of it."

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    Yours has more room to breathe. In a band setting, about noon on both amps. Unless you're playing a Powerball, then about 9 o'clock
    The thing I love about my Blackstar is that I can dime my gain and it still be completely articulate and defined.


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    yeah I'm a total gainoholic. I just like it raw and juicy!

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    Different gain knobs mean different things on different amps. With my Sunn I typically have the gain at 3 to 5 (out of 10) on the gain channel.

    With my Budda, it's between 10 o'clock and noon.

    If I had a JCM800, it'd probably be close to dimed.

    However, in general, lower gain = more punch, less compression, and generally a more manageable sound in a band mix.
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    Less gain = fuller, more dynamic tone.

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    Yea his sound sounded thin like a metal zone pedal. I usually set it with enough gain for good clicky pick attack and then go alittle higher after that.

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    Just enough

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