Form Bedroom to Barn

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Warison, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Warison

    Warison Member

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    I've had my DSL40C for about 2 months. Yes, I love it, but also I'm just getting to know it.

    I'm a bedroom player and at volume 2 on the red channel the sound resonates through walls in our house. The green channel is much more manageable at 2 but of course doesn't have that bit, growl that the red channel has.

    This April, my cousin and I have found a Barn to rent through Airbnb. It's huge barn with loft, lots of space to fill.

    My question is, what's the Barn going to do to my levels. Should I just crank everything to 10?

    This may sound like a stupid question, but I'd love some feedback on playing in different room sizes and venues and how it changes your settings. Does this make sense?

    Thanks
     
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    Should I just crank everything to 10?

    Yes.
     
  3. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member

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    There are so many factors that can and will contribute to your tone,.....what’s for sure you’ll be playing louder than 2 on the volume control.

    On another note, have you tried raising you volume control at home and lowering your gain when in the red channel ? Also doing the opposite when using the green channel.
     
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    Should I just crank everything to 10?
    No!
    Find a suitable volume for the proximity of yourself and your band mates ( if you have any).
    Most players will agree that volume sweet spot is around 7 not 10, anyway.
    BP
     
  5. Warison

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    I actually haven't really. That would probably help my channel cohesion though correct? My red and green channel are so far away from each other right now. Very drastically far away from each other.
     
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  6. Warison

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    Sweet spot 7ish. Thank you. I haven't had it past 4 because it's overwhelming in the house. I do not have any band mates yet. I'm wood shedding right now.
     
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    Right. This will help with the break in of your speakers also ( presuming they were not already ).
    Do some tweaking and really all you have to do for the time being is find a tone which pleases you.
    I'm certain that a little more Marshall ooomph you will find most enjoyable.
    BP
     
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    Just start with your EQ knobs on noon. They are there for exactly the reason of playing in different environments.
    When you crank up the ch volumes you may find you need to go down with the gain knobs.
    Happy days ahead for you when you get to really getting those power tubes rocking!
     
  9. Warison

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    Thank you. Also, I'm having trouble understanding the presence and resonance knobs and their functions. Any feedback is welcomed.
     
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    You'll just have to experiment. In a large space, especially outdoors, you'll find that your amp controls don't do as much as you would expect. This is the reason you hear of a lot of guys in the old days "putting everything on 10". If you're using a PA, that would not hold true. As for the Presence and Resonance controls, think of them as treble and bass controls, but for the power amp, rather than the preamp.
     
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    When the volume goes up things get better!! I have found I always pull the gain down to keep the feedback under control when playing outdoors or in large places . I like it when a note rings out and the feedback builds up a nice controlled wall of sound.
     
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    You spoil everything.
     
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    The knobs are just a waste of space.
     
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    Try it and see, I think you'll have a much more Classic like Marshall tone in both channels with those settings, at least I do with my Dsl. Also Bandit is correct as usual, 7ish for optimal tone for Marshalls imo too, not 10.
     
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  15. Warison

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    Like for decoration.? lol...
     
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    To make you think that you have control over it?
    I think the best strategy may be to let it run wild and free.
     
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    They are basically fine tuning adjustments for treble and bass, presence for treble and resonance for bass.
     
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    Haha.. when I first got it the analogy I used to describe the Marshall to my wife was 'it's like trying to make friends with a velociraptor.'
     
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    Very good explanation on the presence and resonance control ! :headbanger:
     
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    BTW, if you are going to crank the DSL (and you are!) take some shotgun ear plugs with you.
    That way you can crank for longer without going deaf.
    Full of envy here in my terraced house!

    And welcome to the MF @Warison :welcome:
     

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