Blankenship VARIPLEX In Action....Clips!

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sinasl1 said:
incidentally, to kind of tie my Randall clip together with the amp that is the subject of this thread- Dave Friedman just modified 3 of my Randall modules and I now have them loaded in a new Randall RM100 head... it sounds pretty spectacular I must say. Best channel switcher I've ever owned for sure, beats the hell out of my old Bogner Ecstacy, it's a really stellar sounding rock amp. It's brown as hell... great rock tones. I was sitting right in front of the cab at Dave's place and we putzed around for 20 min. or so after he'd put everything back together, and after we stopped playing, I realized my ears were ringing... you know when it sounds so great you don't even notice it's ripping loud, because it doesn't hurt your ears?

Anyway, just thought I'd share that. Dave does great mods to the Plexi, SL+, and Recto modules.

And there was a Variplex sitting there in the corner :)
Pete, that riff you do after the "you really got me" part is fantastic! You have a h**L of a touch my friend.. God Bless
 

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Roy Blankenship said:
The variac becomes a volume control. To your second question, that is a qualified yes. At 30 volts on the variac, the output is 1 watt. It certainly does not have the dynamics of higher voltages, but it does sound like a cranked amp, only you can speak over it. At 40 volts, it starts to come alive and has all the harmonic squeals and overdrive that makes you shake your head and go, "Yeah, dude!". Most of the time at the LA AMp SHow, the variac was on 60 volts, and that was impressive to the crowd. Full bore in the room was wayyy loud.
very nice roy! bring on the 100 watters!
yeah dude! :dude

choice!
 

John Ziegler

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just saw this online....

http://www.blankenshipamps.com/data/product/v-plex.htm

and anyone that wants to hear all of the Variplex clips that rocked this thread, without having to scour around....

into greenbacks @ 90v:
http://www.davidphillipsmusic.com/variplexdry.mp3
http://www.davidphillipsmusic.com/variplexrev.mp3

and into vintage 30s @ 60v:
http://www.davidphillipsmusic.com/variplexvintage30.mp3

i saw the blankenship crew the other day,
and they said there's lots more clips, tunes, and info coming soon.

rock on!
 

George Barry

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Ok...Sinal1....
who is Dave Friedman and how can I get in touch with him? Your clip sounded great...I dont do that eddie thang, but I love that tone and I am deeply impressed.
 

sinasl1

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Dave's at Rack Systems in North Hollywood, CA... same shop the Blankenship amps are made.... He and Roy are in cahoots doing the Variplex together...
 

GaryMcT

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sinasl1 said:
Ya, sorry.. it was my Randall RM4 ("plexi" module) into my rt 2/50 poweramp, line out of hotplate into NI "guitar rig" software used for speaker simulation only....
What power amp tubes were you using? Is that a modded plexi module or stock?

Damn that sounds good.
 

sinasl1

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Stock... since then it's been modded.. by Friedman. Sounds even better.

Stock power tubes... EL34B

Guitar Rig offers numerous tweaks to the cab models- that was a huge part of the equation...
 

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sinasl1 said:
Stock... since then it's been modded.. by Friedman. Sounds even better.

Stock power tubes... EL34B

Guitar Rig offers numerous tweaks to the cab models- that was a huge part of the equation...
I have a hotplate, an RM4, an RM50B combo, a Plexi modules, and Guitar Rig 2. :) Problem is, I've never been able to get a decent cab/mic tone out of Guitar Rig 2. I think it might have something to do with how I'm getting the line-in into the computer (hotplate lineout into Mackie 1620 with the firewire option). Any suggestions, or pointers on a good cab setup in Guitar Rig or maybe a better way to get the lineout from the hotplate into the computer if that might be a problem? Maybe an impedance mismatch or something? My levels look fine, but the results are really harsh in general.

After hearing your clip, I was able to get close in the room with 6V6 tubes and the master volume at 100%. . very inspiring! I may have to pick up some EL34's and give them a try.

thanks!
Gary
 

sinasl1

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Here are screen shots of the exact cab and eq settings on the preset I used in Guitar Rig for that VH clip.You can see I'm really boosting lots of top end, using like 4 different eq's! Also boosting lows and cuting some low mids. There is a ton of sizzly top end in the VH1 tones.



 

sinasl1

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The out on the Hotplate into the mixer method should sound fine, as long as you are only listening to the return back from your computer, not to any of the unprocessed hotplate into mixer channel...
 

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sinasl1 said:
The out on the Hotplate into the mixer method should sound fine, as long as you are only listening to the return back from your computer, not to any of the unprocessed hotplate into mixer channel...
Definitely not listening to the unprocessed stuff.

Thanks for the info! I'll give this a try.
 

GaryMcT

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sinasl1 said:
Here are screen shots of the exact cab and eq settings on the preset I used in Guitar Rig for that VH clip.You can see I'm really boosting lots of top end, using like 4 different eq's! Also boosting lows and cuting some low mids. There is a ton of sizzly top end in the VH1 tones.



If you don't mind me asking, what did you have the Plexi module knobs set to? I'm going to try to replicate your results tonight to see if I have everything hooked up right. I'm assuming you had the master on 10? I'm using 6V6's, so it'll probably sound different. .would be cool to see if I can get in the ballpark.
 

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It was a long time ago, don't remember, but master was not on 10- probably on 5 or so... try pre on 10, bright switch on, mids bass and treble all around 6 and work from there... I had the power tubes in the power amp cooking pretty good, the hotplate's bulb was glowing :)
 

GaryMcT

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sinasl1 said:
It was a long time ago, don't remember, but master was not on 10- probably on 5 or so... try pre on 10, bright switch on, mids bass and treble all around 6 and work from there... I had the power tubes in the power amp cooking pretty good, the hotplate's bulb was glowing :)
Thanks!
 




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