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Unread 06-08-2011, 07:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys

newbie here so HI!!!!

I have a valvestate VS100 combo amp and i was just wondering if anyone knows where i could get some settings for certain tones??

I bought the amp of a friend so i dont have any original paper work at all.

if it helps i'm looking play some classic rock: deep purple, ACDC etc
as well as some heavier stuff.

if anyone has any settings they have come across would also be helpfull

hope i've explained myself ok

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Unread 06-08-2011, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Hello T3hscott and welcome to our forum.
The best advice I can give to you is to search for videos on YouTube.
There are people who upload their music and write the settings they use in the description panel.

Check this video I found, please. If you click on the video it will take you to the YouTube page so you can check the settings he used.

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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Channel 1 is the best to use. We cover those bands, so i used gain on 4-5, bass 7, mid 4-5, treb 4
Ch2 for some solos, contour about 5, gain on 5. Mainly used as a boost.
Never really got into the clean channel.
Get an extension cab too, really does wonders for it.

How loud do you play???
Volume wise, anything above 5 starts to turn to mud.
Any louder than that, do what i did... and get an ALL valve amp!!!!!
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How loud do you play???
Volume wise, anything above 5 starts to turn to mud.
Any louder than that, do what i did... and get an ALL valve amp!!!!!
erm not very loud just mainly in my room tbh, i think it roughly on 1 poss 2 tbh.

thanks for the info i'll give them a go later on

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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

clean channel everything at 10, bright switch out

keep the treble on the OD-channels at zero!!! this isn't a treble pot, it is a "how-do-I-add-too-much-fizzy-grit-into-my-tone-pot"... if you want more high end, turn up the middle or turn the contourpot to zero, which means you can't use the second channel anymore because it's too fizzy... the guy on the youtube clip had the contour at zero, which makes the trebel useful for that channel only...
so i keep the contourpot on the third channel below 4 and the gain conservative if you want to play with decent volume

power-dimension switch disengaged, this just takes away all the frequencies a guitar shines

then a few little tricks:

the clean channel turns into a wonderful crunch, when you crank it up enough... however this may be too loud for home practice... therefore plug the speaker halfway into the headphone's out to listen to it, don't push the jack all the way in...

engage the FX-loop level switch and turn the FX-mix all the way up, without something plugged into the loop... this will give you more beautiful mids
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Never knew about plugging the speaker in headphone jack and FX, have to try it later. I always found it too barky on clean, or just too clean for my taste. Down low i think they shine.

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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Welcome to the forum man!

First off the settings you use will depend on your guitar & the pickups you are using.
I know I'm stating the obvious here but if your pickups are fairly high output like most of the ones I use you don't need too much gain on OD1 for a classic rock type tone.

You could try setting all the eq's at 5 and work from there to suit your needs.

Like Big Dooley said too much treble on this amp is horrible. It's a great amp for metal on OD2 though. And if you are using it in your bedroom your probably going to want to use the power dimension switch. It's a loud amp as you already know!

On the clean channel I set the bass at 5, middle 7 & treble at 6.

On OD1 Gain at about 3-4, bass 5, middle 8 and treble at about 3-4 with the power dimension switch out.

On OD2 I like the power dimension switch in, gain at about 7-8, bass 5, middle 6 and treble at 3 again. I like the contour at about 4.

The link below is the handbook tha comes with the amp.

www.marshallamps.com/handbooks/pdf/vs100.pdf

Best of luck anyway man. Rock on!!!
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Sorry man that link aint working. Just type in VS100R manual into google searchbar and you will see it.
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

thanks will appreciate the advice and yeh it is loud lol

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Hey Will555555

I tried those setting you gave me and WOW!!! the OD1 channel sounds exactly what I'm after you sir are a genius thanks very much.

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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Glad I could help man! But a genius I am not. Rock on!
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Hi,

I've had one of these for a few months now and love it.
Great sound.

I use settings similar to those stated by Will55555.
Also found out the trick with the FX loop one day and it does add that bit extra to the mids', raises the sound to a new level.

I started a thread about the amount of hum mine produces, does anyone else have this problem ? It's nothing I can't put up with, just wish it had a little less.

What type of pre-amp valve do you guys use in yours ?
I found the Tung-sol great for OD but the hum was intolerable !!

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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

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clean channel everything at 10, bright switch out

keep the treble on the OD-channels at zero!!! this isn't a treble pot, it is a "how-do-I-add-too-much-fizzy-grit-into-my-tone-pot"... if you want more high end, turn up the middle or turn the contourpot to zero, which means you can't use the second channel anymore because it's too fizzy... the guy on the youtube clip had the contour at zero, which makes the trebel useful for that channel only...
so i keep the contourpot on the third channel below 4 and the gain conservative if you want to play with decent volume

power-dimension switch disengaged, this just takes away all the frequencies a guitar shines

then a few little tricks:

the clean channel turns into a wonderful crunch, when you crank it up enough... however this may be too loud for home practice... therefore plug the speaker halfway into the headphone's out to listen to it, don't push the jack all the way in...

engage the FX-loop level switch and turn the FX-mix all the way up, without something plugged into the loop... this will give you more beautiful mids
Man thats good stuff there.Makes me wish I still had my valve state.Great tips!!
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Bump... Have to check some of the sugested settings out, mainly use od2 with a lot of gain and heavy on the treb, mid, bass and contour.
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

http://www.marshallamps.com/download...%202%20Eng.pdf

I haven't played w/ the 101/2, but playing w/ the 30CF, I found that turning the bass & mid up & turning the treble down to 1-2 o'clock or so helped mellow it out. The effects, I found the delay & reverb the most useful. YMMV.

Of course, the 30 has a smaller speaker, so the sound shape might not apply w/ a 12".
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

What exactly is the difference between a VS100 and a 8100? Aren't they both a single tube preamp, solid state power amp, amp? I've never really gotten this concept before.........
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What exactly is the difference between a VS100 and a 8100? Aren't they both a single tube preamp, solid state power amp, amp? I've never really gotten this concept before.........
i've had the 8240 (my first marshall) and now have a VS100 and there certainly is a difference... clean channel behaves much more like a tube amp on the VS100... crank it real hard and you get a lovely crunch
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Re: Marshall valvestate VS100 settings

Hi there,

If you would like to give me your e-mail address I will send you a pdf of the User Manual and, more importantly, a pdf schematic of Suggested Settings showing the control positions for each of the following:
Bright/Clean, Crunch, Blues/Rock and Thrash. Each suggested setting has a separate setup for Single-coil and Humbucker pickups.

The Valvestate is a great amp, but I've made the following modification which might interest you (and any other owners).

I made a copy of the amps cabinet and put a Celestion Classic Lead G12-80 8 Ohm speaker in it. This cabinet is placed under the Valvestate amp to make a 'midi-sized stack' and is linked to the amp via the speaker connection on the back of the amp.

Why did I do this?
1. The standard speaker is not very warm, but has good mid and highs. The Celestion has great warmth in the bass and a nice drive in the mid and is slightly less strong in the highs. The combined sound is really great.

2. Also this connection causes the 2 speakers to be connected in parallel, making the total speaker impedance become 4 Ohms. This allows the amp to achieve its full 100 Watt output, which it doesn't do into it's own 8 Ohm speaker. (N.B. The amp is rated at 100 Watts into 4 Ohms). The air displacement of 2x 12-inch speakers is also double that of a single, so you get nearer to the effect of a 4x 10-inch cabinet of a Marshall stack.
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What exactly is the difference between a VS100 and a 8100? Aren't they both a single tube preamp, solid state power amp, amp? I've never really gotten this concept before.........
I just got my 8100 a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. One of the better Marshalls I've owned.
And I've owned, played, repaired, and modded quite a few.

The trick is to keep that Contour control @ zero.

And even though the 8100 doesn't employ the 12ax7 for the clean channel like the VS100 does, it still has a very nice crunch tone when cranked up also.
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I keep my contour at 2 o'clock, and its pretty b****in'. I'm getting killer Girls, Girls, Girls out of it.
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What exactly is the difference between a VS100 and a 8100? Aren't they both a single tube preamp, solid state power amp, amp? I've never really gotten this concept before.........
I presently have (along with many other amps) a Marshall VS100 and used to have a 8100. The 8100 has a preamp tube, but is only activated in the clean channel. Leaving the overdrive to completely solid state. Weird! but true.

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