Iv'e got a question regarding output select and how to get a nice smooth tone through the preamps. I'm using an Ibanez gax-30 through the gt-6 directly into a Crate gx-30m. Iv'e been having a problem with deciding on which output select (ignoring the manual as the combo amp setting sounds horrendus and fuzzy). I tried using the line/pa setting for a while but that sounded completely lifeless, now im trying the small amp (which at first was too muffled until i adjusted the global eq high to like 15 ) setting which sounds a bit too round (especially when i turn on the distortions/overdrives) . Does anyone have any suggestions on what i could possibly do to get a better tone? Thanks
Try turning off your speaker sims in the preamps (if you haven't already) then using the lines/phones output. This is my normal live setting and it works well. Play with the output selects and use the one that sounds best with your setup. Don't be afraid to really tweak the EQ. It can make a huge difference.
Direct amp input and good live sound
I go directly into my amp head also. I understand the challenges of getting a good tone from this stand point. I can only suggest to you things that work with my set-up, however I think many of them could help point you in the right direction for yours. Here goes:
I set my output to Line/Phones.
1. Plug your guitar into your amp and play an E chord over and over. Adjust your amps EQ knobs until you hear the best dry clean sound you can get. Be sure it is thick and loud enough, that you are happy with it. Play a couple of bends etc to get a feel for your lead foundation.
2. Hook up the GT-6 and set it to Bypass mode. Adjust the volume knob on the back of the unit while playing an E chord. As you adjust the knob, you will notice the sound change. Find the spot that sounds the least coloured and the fullest, with your amp.
3. Adjust the global EQ. It is my experience that the GT-6 is very bright and makes things sound tinny, especially through your amp. I recently discovered that the global EQ settings do not revert to a default factory setting everytime you cycle power. When I adjusted these settings through a clean patch, with zero effects, my whole experience with the GT-6 changed. Countless wasted hours messing with my sound, all the while my global EQ settings were set from the first day I had my GT-6, and messed with them. I can't stress enough how important this is. I boosted the bass and cut the treble a bit, and that same E chord had life in it, I thought the GT-6 had robbed from my tone. This can drastically change your tone while playing through an amp.
4. If you wanna use the preamps live its ok. I do. I was really unhappy with them coming through my rig, at first. Then I went through the steps desribed above. Now I find that the models are actually a cool thing with my rig. You can edit the mic placement a bit if you are still not getting your sound, but I find that adjusting the EQ a bit using the knobs for the preamp, works fine.
5. Keep your Levels down. The patch level, level on your guitar, preamp gain setting, effect level settings all have an effect on what your hearing coming out of your amp. Try keeping them lower on the GT-6, when playing through your amp. Let your amp do the work of adding the volume you need, after all thats why you got it. The compressor on the GT is pretty good (not an individual effect and sometimes noisy) and the noise reduction seems to work well.
Listen, I am no expert with this GT-6. I think some of this may be useful to you. For me it is was finally worked. It took me a hour of my life and a lot of thought to write this reply to you. I really hope it saves you some time with the GT-6.
Take it easy~
Thanks alot ur info has been a big help and i think ill go try them right now matter of factly
Question though for Karma
When u say "least colored" do u mean no gain?