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Just got back home from Summer NAMM in Nashville this week. What a great time! We saw all the usual suspects this year and had the chance to meet a lot of great new players as well! Saturday night, we were invited out to the Phil Bradbury (Little Walter Amps) VIP show at 3rd and Lindsley – to lay witness to some incredible talent. Big shout out to Brent Mason and Randy Kohrs who were unbelievably talented as always. Check back with our blog shortly for some great footage!
Even though we have just got back this week, we have already hit the ground running! We may or may not be working on something very special in the next few weeks here at Wampler Pedals – stay tuned!
As gigging musicians, there is often one person at each of our shows that has a major influence over our guitar tone other than us– yes, I’m talking about the “Sound Guy”. Some Sound Guys run their sound boards like master helmsmen at wheel of a giant ship and do an incredible job of making sure sound levels are perfect, there’s not too much guitar in the monitor mix, and the mic placement on each cab is absolutely spot on. On the other hand, there are some “Sound Guys” that probably know what a PA is, might or might not know how to adjust the controls and/or mix the band in, and know that – a mic should go in front of the cab, but have absolutely know idea where it should or shouldn’t go.
By incorrectly placing a mic on a cab, your tone can be potentially ruined through the House PA all night. Too muffled or to “ice-picky” can drive a Tone Chaser nuts! No one wants to have to battle with their tone back and forth all night. While we might not be able to control how good the sound guy is, we can have control of where we place a mic on our cabinet. In this article, I’m going to briefly run through where to place a mic on your cab to produce the optimum amount of tone.
So the simplest, biggest rule when deciding on where to place your mic on your cab is: the high frequencies are typically strongest at the center of the speaker and will drop off towards the edge. This means, if you are half way through your set and you can’t stand how muffled your amp sounds through the house – move the mic closer to the center of the speaker. Vis-versa if your tone is too “ice picky high” move the mic closer to the edge/ outside of the speaker.
You can also fine-tune your tone by rotating your mic at an angle; this method is also referred to as miking “Off Axis”. Off Axis mic placement can help take off some more subtle highs and lows from your tone if you don’t need to drastically change your sound; but still want to tweak it a little bit. This method is often used when micing Alnico speakers. Personally, my favorite mic position on my cab is an off axis edge position – for my rig, its a happy medium mic placement – this position allows me to capture both high and low frequencies smoothly.
So how many speakers of the cab should you mic? Through personal experience, I like to put just one mic on the speaker and the EQ it through the house board. Sometimes if you use 2 mics on one cab, it can sometimes create an undesirable phasing issues. So keep it simple – one mic, one speaker, dial in the EQ at the board – great and easy tone through the house all night long!
While mic placement is not necessarily an exact science, these simple rules will help you have a little more control of your live tone on stage. So the next time you find yourself battling with your tone through the house PA remember – you might be able to have a little better tone by simply adjusting the mic… You just might make the sound guy look a little better too.
- Max Jeffrey
If you look at the entire product line of Wampler Pedals you will see a plethora of overdrives that often emulate famous amps. Some gear heads out there call these (A.I.A.B.) or for the non-initiated – Amp In A Box. So what is an “amp in a box” type of pedal good for and how is it used? While there is no right or wrong way to use an A.I.A.B. pedal – I want to tell you about the two ways I personally use them.
My personal favorite way to use an amp in a box type of pedal is - as a tone shaper. For example, lets say that I am using a Vox style of amp and some other pedals for a gig. That’s a great a tone. But being guitar players – after 4 hours of hearing the same tone at a gig – you might want something different – or in my case, you just get bored. This is where I introduce tone-shaping pedals to my pedal board. With something like the Black 65 or the Tweed 57 I can effectively help shape the tone of my current amp to help emulate those tones. This is a cool way, for me at least, to help create different tonal options for songs that might be very different from one another.
When using an A.I.A.B. type pedal as a tone shaper you can create more in-depth layers of tone by stacking different boosts and gains with it. You can stack dirt pedals either before or after it to make your rhythm tones a little chunkier or to add just something extra to your leads/ solos.
The second way to use an amp in the box type of pedal is to use it as a gain stage. An A.I.A.B. can help you create some monster lead tones when you crank it up after your boosts or gain/dirt pedals. Essentially, this method would be very similar to running your favorite dirt pedal into an amp that has been cranked up!
You can also stack multiple A.I.A.B.s together to help create some interesting tones. Again, there is no right or wrong way to use amp in a box type of pedals, these are just two ways that we personally like to use here at Wampler HQ. So get out there and experiment!
- Max (Wampler Pedals)
Wampler Pedals are delighted to announce the release of the long awaited Latitude tremolo!
We could write pages and pages about what it can do (and most importantly doesn't do) for your tone, but these demos sum it up perfectly!
The Latitude is release globally on May 29th 2014,or you can purchase direct from our website.
Earlier this month Wampler Pedals visited the Dallas Guitar Show (May 2, 3, and 4th) for the first time. For those of you who have never been, it is celebration of all things guitar with fantastic great musical performances and some outstanding new and used/vintage gear for sale everywhere! Over the three days we were there, we met some fantastic new and inspiring musicians, as well as saw some familiar faces.
Musical performance highlights were Mr. Scary himself, George Lynch, performing with Derek St. Holmes belting out catch scratch fever, and of course the always very talented Johnny Winter showing us all what Texas blues is all about!
- Max Jeffrey
Following on from the massively successful campaign last year, we are proud to be part of the "Blakemore Effects" Circuits to Cure Cancer charity auction. All proceeds to go to the St Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. We have donated a one off pink Thirty Something...
It is our hope that you will support this cause by bidding either for this pedal, or one of the many others (from excellent and generous companies), available.
The auction site is here and is open now and remains open until the 18th May 2014!!
Our heartfelt thanks and respect goes out to Blake for organizing this.
Brian interviewed yesterday morning with Eric Dahl of the Rock and Review (Fox 17 - Nashville, TN) and talked about a few of his pedals. Eric is a player himself and has some great gear builders on his show. A big THANK YOU to Eric and the entire Fox 17 crew for the wonderful hospitality!
Stay tuned for a link to the video after it airs in a couple of weeks.
- Max Jeffrey