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  1. #17


    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Don't bother with the Mesa switch or rack mount kit. There's external switching jacks on the back of the amp, use those. If you're racking it and using it with effects, grab a Nux PMS-2 switcher. They're cheap and midi, take the stupid rubber side plates off and they fit in 1U of space too. I have one, they're awesome.

    As for the rack mount, I literally made one for my Mark III (which Adam now has on his Mark IV) out of a 4U rack shelf turned upside down. I just cut the length down with a power saw and drilled 4 holes for the mounting screws. Adam refined it with a 3U vented blanking plate for the front.
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Yikes the FS is 220 from Mesa directly and same for the rack kit funnily enough lol

  4. #19


    Join Date: Jan 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Don't bother with the Mesa switch or rack mount kit. There's external switching jacks on the back of the amp, use those. If you're racking it and using it with effects, grab a Nux PMS-2 switcher. They're cheap and midi, take the stupid rubber side plates off and they fit in 1U of space too. I have one, they're awesome.

    As for the rack mount, I literally made one for my Mark III (which Adam now has on his Mark IV) out of a 4U rack shelf turned upside down. I just cut the length down with a power saw and drilled 4 holes for the mounting screws. Adam refined it with a 3U vented blanking plate for the front.
    going to sound a bit stupid here James but how would you use those jacks at the back? I mainly just need to switch between R2 and Lead

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Each jack is a 1/4" latching jack, so standard foot switches would do it, as long as you unlactched the one you were turning off first. That's where the Nux (or a similar switcher) comes into it's own, you program which switches need to be on for each midi message you send it. Absolute piece of cake

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    Join Date: Sep 2012
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    Steve, I've done exactly that. I got one of those nux boxes, it has multiple outputs and you just connect them to the back of the amp, activate whichever relays you need for whatever configuration you want and hit save.

    Do you have any midi switching pedals?

    I eventually switched out the nux for a tc g major, as that can do 2 relays which is enough for the channel switching I needed. The g major and mark iv together in a 4u rack was an awesome complete rig if you want to go down the multi fx route.

    Then I just needed a behringer fcb 1010 for patch switching.
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  8. #22


    Join Date: Sep 2012
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    Also, I wouldn't bother with an attenuator. You can dial it in to sound awesome at pretty low levels.

  9. #23


    Join Date: Jan 2009
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    No midi switching at the moment Adam. At the moment, multi effects would be overkill for what I'm doing. I'm in a cover band and really one need 3 basic tones (crunch, heavy rhythm and a lead tone). At most I'd just need an overdrive pedal, noise suppressor and maybe a delay pedal.

    Having looked about a bit I've seen people recommend the Boss FS-6 as a cheap solution for what I'd need. So I may give that a go and then have basic pedals.

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