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Rammikin
post Apr 21 2016, 03:52 PM
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Gabriel suggested a topic for a discussion of compact live rigs. Here are my comments.

I can recommend an AMT SS-20. It's a pedal with a tube preamp. It has great sound, 2 channels, and passable cabinet emulation. Like Mertay, I have a friend who likes his Tech 21 Flyrig. It sounds nice and has a couple of effects and it's under $300 US. But if you're looking for a small live rig for around $600, it's hard to beat the Atomic Amplifire. Sounds great, a good array of amps to choose from, has a selection of effects, and IR loading. It doesn't really have any competition for a compact live rig in that price range right now. If you can go over $1000 US, the Fractal AX8 and Line 6 Helix are the kings right now for compact live rigs in that price range.


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post Apr 21 2016, 04:41 PM
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Oh, and one other option I'll mention: the Johnson J-Station. It's been out of production for years, but you can find them for under $50 on ebay. The J-Station was years ahead of its time and still compares favorably to a lot of gear today. Great amp sounds. Great cabinet sounds. Great effects.

And, of course the ultimate flyrig is your phone smile.gif. There are a lot amp simulators that you can run on your phone. I like Jam Up Pro. I use it with a Blueboard bluetooth midi pedal board. It's not going to sound as good as some of the options I mentioned above, but if compact size is your top requirement, you can't beat it smile.gif.


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post Apr 21 2016, 06:32 PM
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A detail of flyrig's, both models uses the same amp sound (Fender) but gets most of the character from the drives.

I have good experience with the character series Liverpool (Vox modeling). That character knob is really something, worked well with other pedals too like using a comp. or overdrive before it (had enough headroom). They really nailed the freq. responce and drive, but don't expect real tube breakup like an amp.

They aren't too expensive and Joyo makes clones of them too which are very affordable.

Also tested a Taurus amp, now thats a real deal amp smile.gif



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post Apr 21 2016, 08:31 PM
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Any tube amp for backline is fine for me. I'll deal with solid-state if I have too.

Depending on the gig, when I fly, I bring one of these ...

Two days worth of clothes + small board, cables, etc.
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This 'mini' board and case fits in a carry-on bag (also with room for clothes.
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Jams and rehearsals around town. Fits in a shoulder or messenger bag.
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post Apr 22 2016, 12:04 AM
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The Johnson J-Station is what became the first Series of DIGITECH multi fx called the GENESIS. The first was the Genesis 1

http://digitech.com/en/products/genesis1

I actually owned an original Genesis 3
http://digitech.com/en/products/genesis3
for a while (about $50 on ebay). It was the predecessor to the GNX Line which led to the GNX1,2,3&4. Here is the Genesis 3, in action




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Oh, and one other option I'll mention: the Johnson J-Station. It's been out of production for years, but you can find them for under $50 on ebay. The J-Station was years ahead of its time and still compares favorably to a lot of gear today. Great amp sounds. Great cabinet sounds. Great effects.

And, of course the ultimate flyrig is your phone smile.gif . There are a lot amp simulators that you can run on your phone. I like Jam Up Pro. I use it with a Blueboard bluetooth midi pedal board. It's not going to sound as good as some of the options I mentioned above, but if compact size is your top requirement, you can't beat it smile.gif .


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