OwnHammer California Duo released (introductory video inside)

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  1. Guitarjon

    Guitarjon Member

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    Hi everyone,

    OwnHammer just released a new impulse pack.
    I've had the privilege of testing this release.
    It's the California Duo pack which features 2 Mesa Boogie cabs that can cover a very wide range of tones and styles.
    This pack includes the highly sought after 4x12 straight traditional as well as the very different sounding 2x12 3QTR cab.
    Each of the cabs features 4 different speaker options.

    I've been nagging Kevin from OwnHammer for ages about doing a straight traditional Mesa and finally it's here.
    Could this be the Mesa pack to end all Mesa IR's???

    I had the honor of creating some demo's as well as the introductory video.
    Please enjoy this video here:

     
  2. Ericjutsu

    Ericjutsu Member

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    dammit. More money I need to spend. The 2x12 seems perfect for what I'm doing at the moment. I'm looking for good IRs for an Andy Timmons vibe and also for ambient/post rock music.
     
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  3. Matticus

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    Sounds great as usual. How are you liking that Variax?
     
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  4. Guitarjon

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    Thanks!
    I'm loving the Variax.
    It's a quality instrument all round.
    I often just use the magnetic pickups because they sound great to me.
    Then if I need a special sound I use the Variax features but even without the Variax tech it's an amazing guitar.
     
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  5. gtr37

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    Jon love your stuff always killer riffs did you get the Helix
    I thought you had mentioned
    You were going to check one out
    Maybe I was mistaken??
     
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  6. Guitarjon

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    Definitely still on it's way.
    I am psyched!
     
  7. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Gold Supporting Member

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    I wonder, sound wise, what is different to the other Mesa captures i already have from OH.
     
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  8. Guitarjon

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    A few things that set this pack apart from other Mesa's:
    The 2x12 is an open back versus closed, so it's a different and unique sound.
    It sounds nothing like the other 2x12.
    The V30 excellent for Andy Timmons like cleans and breakup tones.
    The 4x12 is thicker and a little darker than the HHC MES, and has much greater extension, depth, and clarity than the 412 MES-TR.
    The addition of the pre-Rolas also adds to the diversity of sounds and genres that it can be used for, which makes it the most diverse single stop shop for Mesa tones.

    Trust me, Kevin wouldn't release cabs if they sounded the same as currently offerings.
    The truth is that all these cabs definitely have different tonal qualities.
    Straight vs slanted can give quite big differences in sound.
    For example, for the oversized cabs I generally prefer the slanted version, so the ST.
    However, for the Traditional cabs I definitely prefer the sound of the straight ones.
    Without a doubt this new 4x12 is my favorite Mesa OH offering so far.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    nicolasrivera Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks man.
     
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  10. leperclown

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    Hi all,

    I bought the Ownhammer California Duo pack this morning (I already have OH Heavy Hitters Vol. 1) and spent a few hours auditioning the IR's on the Atomic Amplifire.

    I only auditioned the IR's on my "Crunch 3" patch: Kornfield - Gain (8.0), Bass (10.0), Middle (5.0), Treble (8.5), Presence (2.5), Master (4.0), (+ Compression and assorted EQ), 2 x Alto TS112A in stereo, Les Paul with SD JB & Jazz pickups.

    Note that with this setup I was previously using the OH Mesa 4x12 V30 IR from OH HH Vol 1.

    Very happy with the outcome - a bit easier to sift through than the HH Vol#1 (a few less choices with speaker choices that seem more logical).

    I am no speaker/cab 'cork sniffer' but, I am in agreement with Guitarjon that the flavour of this Mesa 4x12 is different to the OH Heavy Hitters Vol 1 Mesa 4 x 12.

    After auditioning around 60 of the pack's IR's, I have a strong leaning towards the 4x12 M25 cab (Pre Rola Celestion GM12).

    ** My favourite IR (for the moment, anyway) is "412 Trad M25 Chunk" in the Quickstart folder, with the following Cab settings: Rolloff (7.0 kHz); Peak Q (.8); Bottom (3.5); Air (0); Level (0).

    Honourable mentions to:
    Trad M25 70 - 5 (Microtech Gefell UMT70S condenser); and
    Trad M25 + 3QTR Lynch Fred (Centre of speaker at 45 degree angle).

    Note that the testing was done at moderate volume levels, so for louder volumes, Bottom might need to be dialled down from 3.5dB.

    The Ownhammer California Duo Pack is highly recommended!

    Cheers
    Paul
     
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  11. Guitarjon

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    @leperclown The M25 is a great speaker option for the TRAD indeed!
    May I ask what style of music you play?
     
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  12. leperclown

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    Hey Guitarjon, my band "Jeepster" plays a real mash up of 'classic rock'. e.g. Brown Sugar, You Shook Me All Night, Highway Star, Joker and the Thief, All The Small Things, Substitute, Pretty Vacant, All Right Now, Walkin' By Myself, Cross Roads, Gone Away, Dani California, Keep Your Hands to Yourself, etc. etc. - The usual suspects!

    I use my Crunch 3 (higher gain crunch) setting (with delay customised by song - in/out/level/BPM) for 75% of our set list with leads pretty much the same sound but with more drive and volume. I'd much rather a modeller really nail 3 - 4 core sounds than have it pretty good at a vast array of sounds. It's a challenge, but I'm getting closer with the Amplifire, FRFR and OH IR's!

    Cheers!
    Paul
     
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  13. Guitarjon

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    Sounds good!
    I bet the M25 works wonders with those songs!
     
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  14. leperclown

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    Guitarjon, I think you are right, however, I'll have to wait until late January to use the IR's in anger and at industrial levels at band practice - Christmas and band members with family really gets in the way of the important stuff ........
    Cheers!
    Paul
     
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  15. Guitarjon

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    As can be seen in the video I made a few songs to demonstrate this pack.
    The first one is this rock song.
    This song features the V70 option in the Trad which is my personal favorite Mesa IR option ever to be honest.
     

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