89tone wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:33 am
I have a sarnos sms preamp and a QSC power amp. I dont know how to get that drive that's on the back end of Jerry's tone. So, I was wondering what decibel do I set the power amp to? I cant go very high at all with out blasting volume and I thought the drive on the sarnos should be around 2 o'clock. Any suggestions? I just play at my apartment for fun
Edit: the p in the title is for Power
Think that would make for a great combination once you have it dialed in right. QSC poweramp sections are incredible in terms of both being clean and transparent with fidelity which is exactly what McIntosh went for.
When you hear that Jerry clean with bite, growl, etc. That was a combination of many things including riding the volume knobs, attack of string, and pushing the speakers to clipping.
Here's where I'd start:
1) set the out to p amp to noon and hang out there for a while
2) figure out your input gain to where you can get it right to point of starting to overdrive when your guitar volume is on 10 and medium string attack
3) then with the guitar on 10 and medium attack on the strings, bring up the SMS p amp level (while keeping QSC low) to the point where you start to clip the input of the QSC, then back it down hair
4) then only use the QSC volume to set your overall volume
This combines 2 schools of thoughts: guitar amplification and gain staging
Doing this should ensure the good results and then you tweak from there.