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Distortion Problems

Discussion in 'Musicians Discussion' started by ElPredicador, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. ElPredicador

    ElPredicador Yeah... Whatever

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    I have a Korg Toneworks AX300G, and the distortion sounds like crap!! I have tried everything, boosting bass, treble, mids, everything, but it doesn't seem to sound better. I really don't know what to do.
    The leads aren't a problem, because you can cover the sound a bit with chorus, a bit of reverb and the lead pickup, but how can i make the riffs sound good? It sounds like if you where playing with the lead pickup, and if you try adding treble or lowering basses, it is like a needle in your ears, if you know what I mean. Any Suggestions?
     
  2. Sunbane

    Sunbane Metalistic Madman

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    What pickups do you have and how does the guitar sound straight through an amp?
     
  3. ElPredicador

    ElPredicador Yeah... Whatever

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    It does sound quite well directly on an amp, at least better than with the pedal. I have an Ibanez RG270DX, with two humbuckers and a single one, but I don't know the brand. but as they sound ok on the amp alone, why should it sound badly with the pedal??
     
  4. Sunbane

    Sunbane Metalistic Madman

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    Could be that the pedal is cr*p. Look at it again to make sure there's no controls that you missed. Multi-effect pedals often have several different types of distortion to choose from, where usually one sounds good and the rest as cr*p.

    If your guitar sounds good through an amp, your pickups are ok.
     
  5. Darkenelf

    Darkenelf Viking Metal rulesss

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    I have the same pedal, but I have no problems with it.
    it has really nice distortion sounds.

    tell me how your pedal is tuned:
    need all the stuff like:
    - chain edits
    - various chain edits
    - distortion sound
    - gain
    - treble
    - mid gain
    - bass
    - trim gain
    - attack
    - depth
    - feedback
    - use pitchshifter yes or no
    - reverb yes or no
    - wah yes or no
    - all the rest of the stuff.

    Maybe i can find out, what you do wrong.

    Maybe you can look at this site as well for patches:

    http://egnatia.ee.auth.gr/~nalevrid/ax/
     
  6. ElPredicador

    ElPredicador Yeah... Whatever

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    Well I have:

    -Compressor: sensitivity 50, level 44, attack 40
    -Distortion 1: Studio, gain 50, level 23, treble -4
    -3 band equalizer: bass 4.5, mid freq 4khz, mid gain 4.5, treble 0.0, trim gain 0
    -Chorus: speed 0.02, depth 50
    -Noise reduction: 14
    -Total Level: 50

    Output: full
    Input: about a quarter


    This is the best I've got, but it still doesn't sound as I expect.
     
  7. union9

    union9 He Who Can Not Be Named

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    Get a METAL ZONE...it is the only decent distortion pedal that i know of...METAL ZONE and a PEAVEY 5150 2.
     
  8. Soul Conspiracy

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    I got a Korg AX (then sold it), they are a bit weak unless you're playing heavy rock. Get a Marshall shredmaster they sound good and are relatively cheap (I sold mine but I want it back) it's one of the truest metal sounds about in my opinion. I also bought a digitech genesis 1 it's an amp simulator and it makes the sound really full especially with just the tiniest bit of chorus. Metal Zone is also a good pedal.
     
  9. Dead Winter

    Dead Winter Not faggoty deathcore

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    Just bought a Zoom GFX-8...sounds pretty damn cool. The built in distortion isn't that great with the effects it has going into it, but if you customize it, it sounds fucking wicked. I also have a Metal Zone, and it sounds even better than my metal zone.
     
  10. union9

    union9 He Who Can Not Be Named

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    Cool man.I'm fairly backward on effects and stuff,but i was wondering if you could give me an insight into your set up and explain how you got such a wicked sound out of your Zoom.I saw a local band who's guitarist had the same unit(i think...i'm sure)and i must admit,was a killer sound.Didn't get a chance to chat to him though.
     
  11. hydrogrind

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    get metalzone from boss, and use hughes and kettnerr head and amp!
    d r y and h e a v y
     
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    If you have a H&K or 5150, you shouldn't need a Metal Zone...

    The metal zone sounds like crap on nicer amps... It's a good band aide, but if you have a 5150, you should be able to get great high-gain distortion without using any stomp boxes.

    Pickups could be an issue too.
     
  13. Pinhead

    Pinhead Drunken Master

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    Yep, METAL ZONE from Boss has to be handled very carefully. It can sound great on the right amps. But i often had problems with the volume of that METAL ZONE: It sometimes switched from very loud to very silent. One time it happend on stage. You can imagine how embarassing this situation was for me. Since then I never used this thing again.
    Now i got the Peavy "Dirty Dog". This thing sounds like hell. (or heaven, depends on how u like it) :D
     
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    nevershine Hengität. Et hengitä enää

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    Do NOT use a pedal for distortion. End.
     
  15. hydrogrind

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    Thanks for corrections and help, I'll try and try again....
    I still learn,....:p
     
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    I used it too with Dimarzio Evo, how about that?
     
  17. InsurrectionBand.com

    InsurrectionBand.com New Metal Member

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    EMG's INTO A MESA BOOGIE STACK... thats all i have to say
     
  18. union9

    union9 He Who Can Not Be Named

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    Now i got the Peavy "Dirty Dog". This thing sounds like hell. (or heaven, depends on how u like it) :D [/B][/QUOTE]

    Sounds interesting.Can you give me some info on the Peavy Dirty Dog?
     
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    ..Have you tried lowering your pickups?? That will get rid of some of the noise. You could also get lower output pots like 250k. ..500k+ might be to much for your distortion pedal?
     
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    Actually, that's a great suggestion....

    Mmmm... Natalie Portman. :heh:
     

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