Amplifire Hacks & Tricks Megathread

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    mollydyer Senior Member

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    k- time to push these things to the limits. Post here your 'interesting and unconventional' ways of running your AA3/6/12/Box.
     
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    I'll go first. I *really* need to do a video, but here's the setup.

    Molly Dyer has fully automated the show. We're using a lot of external gear - and 90% of the time it works every time.

    The rack consists of

    Our wireless/wired IEM sources
    Wireless Mic
    X32R (Monitor World or Self Mix)
    A Cymatic Audio uTrack 24 (for backing tracks and midi)
    and a MOTU MTP AV.

    The guitar pedal board consists of

    Atomic AA12
    Decibel Eleven Loop Expander
    - Digitech Freqout
    - EHX Pitchfork
    - Digitech Drop
    Source Audio Reflex
    (and of course, my tuner and guitar wireless)

    The vocal pedal board has a TC Helicon VL3X.

    The MTP AV is an out of production but amazing midi router/interface. I'm running it in stand alone mode. It distributes MIDI to my pedal board - as well as the vocal processor, the mixer and to a macbook running lightly (for lights via dmx/artnet).

    The uTrack 24 is capable of 24 channels at 48k or 8 channels at 96. We're only using 6 channels though - two stereo pairs for backing tracks, a click track (audio rendered click) and a cue track (audio rendered cowbell). These last two tracks only go to our ears obviously - not to FOH. The uTrack also sends midi (but is incapable of sending midi clock). The midi covers the program changes on the atomic, and in some cases toggles specific effects mid song. Because the MTP AV can't send midi beat data out, the click track is split and sent to the pedal-a port of the MTP AV. The MTP-AV is configured to send out CC18 (Tap Tempo Press) out to the atomic.

    So my delays are always locked to whatever tempo the song is in - even if the tempo changes mid song (which they do).

    The midi track also handles all of the harmonies - these are sent to a TC Helicon VL3X.

    The atomic is on a pedal board that includes a MAUDIO 2x2 Midi merger, a Source Audio Reflex expression pedal, a Decibel Eleven Loop Expander and of course, my AA12.

    The AA12 midi send goes to the Loop Expander, the Loop Expander midi send to the Reflex, the Reflex send back to the midi merger, which has one of it's outs back to the AA12. This lets me use the pedal board in 'stand alone mode' - complete with expression control.

    The Loop Expander sits ahead of the AA12 in the audio signal path - and has a Digitech Freqout, EHX Pitchfork and Digitech Drop.

    This gives me the ability to drop to C without retuning or even touching the pedal board. At my last show the board wasn't even in front of me (it was off to the side - still within reach but not in my way).

    Okay- who's next?
     
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    I drove my AA3 to the ice house for beer and chips,,, but I've only had it a week!!
     
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    @mollydyer That’s a pretty wild rig you’ve got there!
     
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    The "volume" block in the pre position works as a handy input gain control to quickly tame hot pickups for example when using commerical patches
     
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    Using a patch cable across the loop works as a switchable "global boost" function that can be quickly changed in the global setting menu without needing to change every individual patch
     
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    You can repurpose any unused modulation blocks as an additional switchable volume boost or reduction block by setting it post amp and just using the level function whilst setting the modulation controls to not affect the sound
     
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    Good stuff guys!
     
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    mollydyer Senior Member

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    Thanks. Now all I need is a guitar.

    and maybe some lessons I guess?

    Keep 'em coming guys. Show off what these babies can do!
     
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    Like Dave_5150 said, I use a boost block. In my case I use it post amp to gain 3-4 db of a Volume boost so that solos cut through mix.

    I don't know if this is a hack; but I use an expression pedal for controlling echo level. I leave it on all the time and use the pedal to give the right amount per song. I travel with a country artists that fronts the band with an acoustic gtr. The echo helps to fill in our mix since the producer always fills it up as much as possible in studio... Geesh
     
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    Here is a snippet of a post I made on the "show your pedal board" thread. My board has an AA6, an Eventide H9 and an expression pedal.

    Here's how I have it set up:
    The AF6 and H9 chat via midi. PC's sent to H9 by AF6 through FS 1-3 selecting 6 presets. FS 4: Drive, FS 5: "Boost" via an EQ stage set to "Gain Only", FS 6: FX (preset dependent as to what is turned on and off). Midi clock is sent from Tap Tempo switch on H9 to the AF6. Expression pedal has been modified to also be an input patch bay for instrument cable input. I have the H9 in the loop and it is usually placed after the amp model unless I want the extra harmonics on the delay that you get when a delay is in front of an amp. I use delays and reverbs from both units. Different sounds, both pro quality.

    Having the tap tempo send from the H9 frees up a switch on the AA6 to be used in another way besides as a tap tempo switch. That one "find" has allowed me to work without a 3rd party midi-switcher. Lovely!
     
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    Nice - I run an H9 with my AF6, they work great together. Are you using it in stereo?
     

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