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The M13 Dirt Settings Thread

Tripower455

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Mrs. Tripower bought me an M13 for Christmas! I upgraded the firmware to 2.01, got a 25k EB VPJr for an expression pedal and absolutely love the thing. After reading all the threads I can find, it seems that the jury is still out on the dirtbox models.

I play in a classic rock cover band, and generally don't use a ton of effects (a wah, compressor, OD, distortion, chorus and delay). I run my amps (Hiwatts) clean, use use a Barber LTD for medium/crunchy OD and a Keeley modded Rat for my distortion. I also used a Superfuzz clone on and off, but with board space at a premium, I usually put a chorus on there instead.

I am bowled over with the comps, delays, reverbs, wahs, filters etc, but, while they are certainly usable, I am not blown away by the drives/distortions so far. I like the Fuzzface model for more over the top stuff. The Rat model is OK, but my biggest issue is with the lighter crunchy type tones.

So, what models/settings are you guys using and liking into clean amps? I play P-90s and PAF style humbuckers most of the time........
 

JB Eckl

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I made a scene with nothing but different gain settings in every slot. I had some great results, but I'll have to go back and check them before I recommend any specific settings.
 

bronco1891

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tube drive. by far my favorite. just take some time to tweak to your liking. also the screamer model sounded just like my fulldrive 2 mosfet and i ended up selling my fulldrive.
 

eoshreds

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I'm having a hard time getting a good rhythm crunch. Got some cool lead tones from tube comp + tube drive, but I cant find that marshall crunch that my OCD gives me. Any suggestions?
 

bronco1891

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check the m13 sounds and settings thread. someone posted a good Rat setting with a tube comp in front and i tried it and its a great rhythm tone.
 

guitarman3001

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I'm having a hard time getting a good rhythm crunch. Got some cool lead tones from tube comp + tube drive, but I cant find that marshall crunch that my OCD gives me. Any suggestions?

Have you tried the tube drive? It's my favorite for crunchy rhythm tones.
 

Tripower455

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check the m13 sounds and settings thread. someone posted a good Rat setting with a tube comp in front and i tried it and its a great rhythm tone.

Thanks! I found that thread and printed out whatever I could. Some good stuff for sure. The Rat one is great, and entirely different than I set up my real one.......
 

JoeB63

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I'm having a hard time getting a good rhythm crunch. Got some cool lead tones from tube comp + tube drive, but I cant find that marshall crunch that my OCD gives me. Any suggestions?
Try the Line6 Drive. I fooled around with that today, trying to match my OCD, and it sounded 97.4% the same.
 

cr8z4life

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Heres my response






There are a few somewhat useable OD's but for the most part I like the feel and sound of my pedals for that and use the m13 for the rest of the effects.....
 

TheFlash

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Line6 drive...the mids and drive knobs are where I start on that model...the mids knob (to my ears) works more like a character knob where lower = more of a fuzzy overdrive and higher = more of a crunchy overdrive. So work the volume, drive, and mids knobs until you like what you're hearing, and then dial in the EQ with the bass and treble knobs.
 

mmcm4

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Classic Distortion, volume almost all the way up, gain about 1/5 of the way up, filter about 4/5 or to taste
 

lspaulsp

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Heres my response






There are a few somewhat useable OD's but for the most part I like the feel and sound of my pedals for that and use the m13 for the rest of the effects.....
And, this is where I've always said people who do not like the drives in the M-13 tend to NOT use drives that a modeled in the M-13 but want to complain about the way the drives in the M-13 sound. They do tend to use preamps and boosts.
I've played thru an RC and AC in other people rigs and they're great. I'd love to spend some time with the orange preamp pedal and I luv the boost.
I'd like to compare it to the VETTA boost which I like a LOT!
 

stratotastic

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Heres my response






There are a few somewhat useable OD's but for the most part I like the feel and sound of my pedals for that and use the m13 for the rest of the effects.....
Ugh. The REASON I got an M13 was to do away with my other pedals, not to add a giant 10-lb machine to my current pedalboard. Plus nobody I play for or with can tell any difference between drives anyway. Just corksniffer stuff.

My solution to the drives "problem" (although I like many of them actually) is to run my M13 through either my Mesa Mark V or my Marshall JCM 800. :dude

Also learned that if you run the M13 into the front of either of these amps running slightly dirty rather than the 4CM (not even a choice with the JCM anyway), it eliminates all of the drive, volume level difference, digital sheen, etc issues many people tend to complain about with this thing. Makes for easier setup too.
 

mesa/boogieman

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I have used both the tubescreamer model and the Rat model on a regular basis and I really like it. I often use 2 tubescreamer models in line with another. One for a good rhythm crunch and the other for a solo boost.
 

DallasD

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Screamer, Tube Drive and Line 6 Drive are my favorites by far. These were all close enough for me to box up or sell individual pedals. I'm running these in front of Tech 21 Blonde and Liverpool character pedals to give you context. I think I'm firmly in the "direct rig" camp now.
 

weshunter

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i use the tube drive with all the controls at noon with my tweaker -- it actually sounds really good
 

g0phish

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I have used both the tubescreamer model and the Rat model on a regular basis and I really like it. I often use 2 tubescreamer models in line with another. One for a good rhythm crunch and the other for a solo boost.
Hat kind of setting are you using?

I've had little success stacking two screamers. Stacking them, even with two different outputs/gains doesn't seem to make much of a difference when I tried it. You couldn't tell with a bass and drums playing in the difference of the drive. I tried using the line 6 drive as a stack w/ better results and also having a light drive in the "b" and a heavier version in the "a"
 

standingzero

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I'm having a hard time getting a good rhythm crunch. Got some cool lead tones from tube comp + tube drive, but I cant find that marshall crunch that my OCD gives me. Any suggestions?
I use this combo too when I leave my full board behind
 






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