Input level as a global setting

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  1. Brian Kerr

    Brian Kerr New Member

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    I love my AA12. My 2 different live setups have different guitars with different output levels. I spent a lot of time getting a nice dynamic breakup sound and ended up creating 2 batches of the same presets with different boost pedal settings to get the same sound. I was using a booster pedal between the guitar and the AA12 but a dedicated input level would be handy.
     
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    You can use an EQ block up front set to level only and put it on a foot switch to turn on and off with guitar changes. Or, you can put a boost circuit on the lower output guitar.
     
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    I'm already using both blocks. I have thought about doing that with the compressor block.
     
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    The Compressor block would be the best to use for this (If you don't need a compressor!) as comes right
    after the gate and wah block when set to PRE.
    But of course this would still be a "per preset" setting and not a global one.
    I can see where a dedicated input level control could be useful.
    But it does beg the question "What is the point of having two guitars with vastly different output levels?"
    It sounds like you're just making things difficult for yourself.
    High output single coils and low output humbuckers are available.
    You could just fix the problem rather than work around the issue.
     
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    Changing pickups changes the tone, quite dramatically for the worse if you match single coils to humbuckers.

    That said, on onboard preamp on the single coil guitar would be a cleaner way to address a mismatch. The Fender (“Clapton”) midboost circuit can give a clean boost when the mid boost control is turned all the way down. It’s unity gain with the volume around 7 and up into humbucker output levels with virtually no tone change when on 10. Kick in the mid boost and it can get really hot. There are other options that are just clean boost, some that go much hotter if needed or wanted. They are pretty affordable and quick to install if you can solder.

    Otherwise, a clean boost pedal or an EQ pedal early in the chain will work without soldering.
     
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    And a global clean boost or a global pre-eq built into the AA6 would would work without soldering or lugging around another pedal or two. Same for a global post eq to adjust to the room.

    I get that the Amplifire has limits in terms of what the hardware can do ... and Atomic has limits to how it spends it's precious development resources. I don't think this is something that takes Marc's magic to add. Nor is this asking for something that's going to tax the DSP (like perhaps another overdrive, reverb, or amp sim block)_.
     

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