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MK4 !!!!

Discussion in 'Backline' started by mickrich, May 22, 2012.

  1. mickrich

    mickrich Member

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    Collected my new Mesa MK4 rev b combo tonight.
    €1150 in flight case.
    Got to the studio and plugged it in and am extremely happy.
    Ran it into my mesa recto cab and dialed in a killer sound in about half an hour.
    I have heard these are hard to dial but it took no time at all to get an amazing sound.
    Initial impression is that it smokes my triple recto.
    Really full aggressive mid range without the recto fizz.
    It is REALLY loud. Master at 2 is deafening through recto cab.
    Fan is also really loud. Does anyone know what to do about the fan noise?
    Is the fan needed at all. It's an open back combo.
    What are the options for replacing the fan with a quitter one?
    Re-amp of Lasse/Mago DIs

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2133088/MK4.mp3

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    I spy a 5150 in the background...
    How would you compare it to the mark iv? Which one do you prefer?
     
  3. Melb_shredder

    Melb_shredder Orpheus: Melodic Death

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    LOVE this amp so much! And I also own a 6505+. Different beasts entirely, but nothing beats the Mark IV for me!
    As for fan noise.. It's never been an issue for me really. I know it's loud but meh :p Just disconnect it if you must. It shouldn't be an issue ^_^
     
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    Mutant I hate that supercow !

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    About the fan:

    When electronic components get too hot, their life-span will get shorter and shorter.
    So it is best not to remove the fan (especially in the summer) - if the original configuration has it, it means that the designer thought that it was absolutely necessary.

    Your options are to install a bigger diameter, slower rpm fan, or use an air duct tube to move the fan as far away from the microphone as you want (even to another room).
     
  5. Clark Kent

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    You made the right choice. :) My optimal settings for the lead channel were: 8, 8, 2, 5, 8 and EQ flat but 750hz knob rolled down until it sounds "right" with the cabinet. Umm... I actually have a small favor to ask... I'll PM you.
     
  6. mickrich

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    This amp slays the more I get used to it.
    I have disconnected the fan so hopefully it won't overheat.
    It sounded like a jumbo jet taking off :)
    I will order a new fan from Mesa tomorrow.
    I recorded a Lamb of God style band last year and really struggled to get the right sound.
    I re-amped it today with Will Adler's settings found on the web and it sounds fantastic.
    No boost, no multiband.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2133088/VRPlagueMK4Test.mp3

    Clark, I have PMed you back re favour.

    Will Adler settings
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    FUCK! That sounds awesome!
    Could you re-amp the same song with the 5150/6505?
     
  8. Rex Rocker

    Rex Rocker Call me Hugo!

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    Sounds killer in the second clip, but a bit too middy in the first. :)
     
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    Grats on the new amp,i love mine, it's my go to for anything heavy. Speaking of the fan, mine has never worked since i got it, should i have it checked? It came unplugged and i tried plugging it a few times and it just never spins.
     
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    I actually heard both clips fully. that sounds awesome. gasing hard for this amp.
     
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    nice tones!
     
  12. Clark Kent

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    HUGE THANKS TO MICK! The favor I asked from him granted me back my old Mark IV settings and now I have them stored in my Axe-Fx. IMO they simply sound badass!! Check it out:



    Just a tad of low cut on the guitars. Other than that it's a raw tone. :)
     
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    Melb_shredder Orpheus: Melodic Death

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    Not bad man I like. Can I ask though, as you've HAD a Mk IV before, or you love it etc. Do you find the AXE almost lifeless in comparison? I mean, just listening to that clip and then that actual MK IV clip, in my opinion, though the tonal quality is there, it almost sounds dead in comparison. Surely I'm not imagining it...
     
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    I've been struggling to get my Mark IV tone and feel out of the Axe-Fx and I'm pretty sure it's mainly because there's no graphic EQ in the amp model. Also I'd say that the Axe-Fx Mark IV is more scratchy than the real thing.

    In the end real amps will always win we all know that. If I could afford all these amps I'd own them but that's not the case. The analog additions are simply missing like amp hums and feedback etc.

    Anyways you can't really compare these clips since my settings were different. I can post an A/B test of the match EQ'd process so we'll see if there's a difference!
     
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    Okay so the first time around it's my Axe-Fx with match EQ and the same amp settings. The Axe clip is a tad louder but not much. Anyways... you can hear some analog things missing but I'd say it's pretty ridiculously close. :D
     
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  16. Melb_shredder

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    Ahhh schweet! Cheers for doing that. My aim wasn't to be Digital VS Analogue etc.. I think we both know that there are obvious differences. But I meant more so, even though you've set it up with the AXE etc. Response wise etc, does it FEEL like playing through the amp or does it feel stiff etc? I haven't played around with the AXE enough. But I have a mate who swears by the Mark IV mode on it ^_^
     
  17. Clark Kent

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    It's actually really hard to tell since I can't straight up A/B the two. I must say that the Axe-Fx really does feel like a real tube amp so the hype is/was real but ofcourse I can't guarantee that the feel is just like a Mark IV. Even on a Mark IV there are differences. I had EL34s in the outer sockets on that amp and to me that made a world of difference and placed the amp somewhere between British and American high gain. There is no amp sim for that at least.

    Some guys have argued that the Axe-Fx Mark IV isn't as tight as the real power amp / 2:90 Mesa power amp and have used the Axe-Fx FX blocks to compensate for that. So I'm sure it's not exactly the same but personally I feel like in this situation it's good to look at the big picture. This one box with a midi pedal on a gig and I'm sure no one in the audience can tell a difference. Quick portable rig with as many amps as I could ever want for 1500€. A Mark IV on a stage with a Recto cab is far from portable, affordable and versatile on the fly. :)

    To conclude there might be a difference but it's so small that I wouldn't worry. A mic misplaced by half an inch will sound more different that an Axe-Fx rig.
     
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    Hi there Clark!

    i think its pretty close you just need a lil low pass on the axe fx i think, have you tried that? it seems like the axe tone has more "air". Anyway sorry for derailin
     
  19. Clark Kent

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    I'm pretty sure what you're hearing is the volume difference. Raise the volume a bit for the Mark IV if possible? Not much of a difference then right? :) Anyways my ears are blown ATM. :)
     
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    Wow Clark.

    That sounds fantastic.
    Glad I could play a part in you getting such a great tone from the axe.
    I would love to hear the same riff re-amped through the axe's stock MKIV model to hear the difference your match process made.

    How does the axefx react to lower signals or low gain like the intro to Deftones "you've seen the butcher" for example. The way the signal rings after the mutes on that song. Sounds fantastic and I think would be hard to emulate.

    I have pretty much all the amps I need for now so don't need an axefx.
    I have triple recto, 6505, dsl100, marshall 8100, triamp mk2 and now the mesa MK4. May get a Vox next. The clean on the MK4 sounds very like a fender deluxe so don't need a fender now. I also have recto cab, marshall v30 cab and orange cab. We should get together and make some axe-fx patches for my amps and cabs and paypal them :headbang:
     

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