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SLO100: Effect of Master Volume Setting on Tone
Post by LasseLammert on Oct 17th, 2016, 05:23am

For modern metal tones we all want a clean power section…tight preamp distortion with a power amp to "make it loud"…
if the power amp starts saturating the low end gets a bit squishy, the thrashy palm mutes become less tight etc…undesirable.
But that's modern metal tones….what about other styles?
The power amp can have a huge influence on the tone once it gets into saturation (be it the PI, the power amp tubes or the transformer).
In this example I wanted to show you how the power amp of the SLO reacts and behaves at different volumes.
Usually the speaker/cab plays a HUGE factor as well (that's why those 1W amps still won't give you the same sound as a cranked 100W), as the speakers start to compress and eventually even distort, to eliminate that factor Iused the awesome Two Notes Torpedo Live with an IR of my speaker and adjusted its input level to be the same throughout the test, so what you're hearing is actually the effect of the saturating power amp ONLY (how much of that is PI, transformers, tubes etc differs from amp to amp, depending on the design…this example is an SLO100 with the loop-bypass-mod).
As you can hear there's also obviously a point of diminished returns when the distortion starts to sound unpleasant.

for reference: 3 is about "full metal band rehearsal volume"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcWOf3DEvYs
Re: SLO100: Effect of Master Volume Setting on Ton
Post by ryanmichael95 on Oct 21st, 2016, 6:54pm

That's really interesting.....it is neat to see something like this to show how things change when the volume goes up. Around 5 or 6 seems perfect to me on my HR 50 in a real world band setting. Thanks for making that video, I enjoy watching the vids you make.
Re: SLO100: Effect of Master Volume Setting on Ton
Post by LasseLammert on Oct 26th, 2016, 03:37am

Thanks mate, glad you liked it!