Live gain question

dpgreek

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So tonight I had a rehearsal with the band. We had to keep it down a bit.... I noticed when I turned down my Fender HRD, that my pedals sounded mushy. My distortion just didn't bite well. Is it possible I'm using too much gain? I use my amp clean (no dirt at all). I had my Bondi Sick As on the low gain toggle with gain at noon for break up, stacked into my Emma Reezafratziz. Emma he unity volume, and gain at around 2 pm. When I turn my amp up louder it definitely sounds better. Any help appreciated.
 

snow and steel

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In My experience... Adjusting gain and/or volume on pedals when you adjust the volume of your tube amp are very common in my experience. If I normally play at a volume and have your pedals set for that, then change that volume at a different venue, I typically give a couple pedals a light tweak on the volume and/or gain knobs.
 

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I cannot comment on the specifics of your distortion/drive units, but most would agree that Fender tube amps sound better at '4' or higher rather than at 1.5. Nature of the beast. Drive units tend to sound better with an amp that is being pushed at least even a bit. More=bettah
 

dpgreek

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thanks guys. I figured as much. Just didn't want to be too much gain and that be the cause
 

Rydell

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Did you turn down the master or channel volume? It can make a difference in the amp's response to pedals.
 

dpgreek

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on my HRD there's a volume knob (which seems to control clean channel) and a Master knob (which controls drive channel). I run clean so I was only using volume knob on far left. I had it on like 1.5 -2 at most
 

akeiser

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on my HRD there's a volume knob (which seems to control clean channel) and a Master knob (which controls drive channel). I run clean so I was only using volume knob on far left. I had it on like 1.5 -2 at most

I have same issue with my distortion pedals when amp volume set too low in Fender HRD.
I'm interested to know how to resolve it without adding additional attenuator and having volume constraint on stage.
 

dpgreek

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Akeiser... I was looking into those Rivera Attenuators. I do a direct to PA set u also (premp tube pedal into torpedo cab) so I use headphones at night but still not the same
 

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So tonight I had a rehearsal with the band. We had to keep it down a bit.... I noticed when I turned down my Fender HRD, that my pedals sounded mushy. My distortion just didn't bite well. Is it possible I'm using too much gain? I use my amp clean (no dirt at all). I had my Bondi Sick As on the low gain toggle with gain at noon for break up, stacked into my Emma Reezafratziz. Emma he unity volume, and gain at around 2 pm. When I turn my amp up louder it definitely sounds better. Any help appreciated.

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