Loud Amp Or Quiet Amp For Recording? [100 Vs 5 Watts, Can You Feel It?]

Published 12 Aug 2022

Welcome to the show! You can great great tones loud. And you can great tones quiet. But we’re not here to argue any of that. We’re here to expand the discussion around feel and connection to your sound that may motivate or indeed repress your playing.
Thusly, we play four similar tones at high volume and at low volume and discuss the results. What do you enjoy most and what’s most appropriate for your situation? And, inevitably, where is the compromise?

Enjoy the show!

Questions arising – Mick here, hello.
I feel compelled to write this. This video is potentially very confusing and little bit frustrating to watch. The temptation is to focus on the tone of the two amps, and of course while the Bugera sounds really blimmin’ good, it’s hardly surprising that a top-flight boutique amp like the Two-Rock is going to light us up a bit more. Or indeed you may much prefer the Bugera, which is equally valid. However…
This video is not about the subjectivity of tone. It’s about comparing the feel and response of volume and what might be most appropriate for recording. And that’s the frustrating part, because there is literally no way of conveying that fully in a YouTube video. In any YouTube video. That last sentence is massively important and we’d be doing you a disservice to not spell it out.
We can discuss the reactions and try to explain the concepts but with this gear and any other gear, you HAVE to be in the room to really understand whether it’s going to work for you or not. And that’s not some kind of cop-out for this video’s shortcomings. It’s plea to anyone who thinks a YouTube demo tells you what something sounds and – more importantly – feels like. It really does not. It's only a small part of the story and we’ve always been open about that. Please get in a room and experience this stuff!

Room mics? We said we were going to get into that, but didn’t. We felt it would add more confusion. Let the record show we adjust the gain on the room mics in keeping with the close mics for each of the loud and quiet sounds.

Enjoy the show!

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Pedals and stuff in today’s video

• Custom pedalboard by Alder & Ash

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Origin Effects Cali 76 Compact Deluxe
UK & Europe:

• Jim Dunlop JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Distortion
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• Mythos Olympus Overdrive
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• Vahlbruch Kaluna Valve Overdrive

• Jam Pedals Waterfall Chorus
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• Walrus Audio ARP-87 Delay
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• Catalinbread Topanga Reverb
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• The Gigrig G3

Interesting Bits & Go-To Sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:00 What are we doing today?
4:02 Our loudest & quietest amps
5:30 Volume & our recording chain
7:48 Two-Rock & Bugera basic tones
9:06 Bugera at 1 and 0.1 watts
10:03 L&Q Sound 1 - Dan’s Happy Place
12:52 Reaction to Sound 1
13:46 Try more volume in headphones?
15:13 Play in the control room?
16:47 Live vs recording?
17:45 L&Q Sound 2 - Low Gain Rhythm
21:09 Reaction to Sound 2
22:30 Setting up sounds quietly?
23:13 L&Q Sound 3 - Higher Gain Riff
24:52 Reaction To Sound 3
26:18 More Sound 3 – more feedback
29:17 More Sound 3 reaction
33:50 L&Q Sound 4 – Stratty Fuzzy
36:45 Reaction to Sound 4
38:11 Sound vs Tone vs Volume
40:45 Closing thoughts

• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here
• Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged - no video yet
• Epiphone Casino - Mick’s video here
• Gretsch G6228 Player’s Edition Jet BT w/V Stoptail - video here
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - video here

• Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature & 212 cab with TR1265B speakers
• Bugera T5 Infinium & 1x12 Tone King cab with custom Celestion 1660 speaker

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