RACK PACK – 58 Profiles

The Rack Pack consists of 58 Studio Profiles of a couple of classic 80's rack preamps, the ADA MP1 and the Mars JMP-1.  These tube-based preamps bridged the gap between classic tube amps and early digital processors.  Many classic recordings were done with these units and some artists still use these on tour.

The JMP-1 has a classic midrange growl, living up to its gold metal faceplate.  The ADA has a creamier saturation and much more gain on tap.  A buddy turned me on to a .pdf file that has suggested settings for a wide variety of tones using the MP1, so I made good use of those settings in these profiles.  Many of the profiles are named using the initials of the guitarist the suggested settings was trying to mimic.  I think some of them got pretty close.  I also did a few of my own favorite settings as well.

The Rack Pack was creating using the latest 4.x firmware. Please forgive the playing in the audio samples as many of these weren't exactly in my wheelhouse.  Thanks!

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65 ACE30 PACK – 34 Profiles
65 ACE30 PACK – 34 Profiles

It is a classic amp.  The diamond grill cloth, the copper metal panel, the blue alnico speakers, the unique tone stack, lack of negative feedback, Class A el84 power section... A design that has been copied and recreated a thousand times but it's hard to beat the original.  With its quick pick attack and clarity when playing softly to its creamy, saturated power tube overdrive when cranked, it has become a staple guitar tone for a long time.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this beauty from 1965 and while mere profiles could never fully recreate the magic in this amp, I got 34 studio profiles of it that should please AC afficionados and help guitarists get close to capturing the original vintage tones created by the original beast.

I was most struck and impressed by the touch sensitivity.  The clips below show how picking dynamics can really dictate how much the amp will overdrive.  It makes it feel like a living, breathing machine instead of a computer-simulated model, however strange and ironic that is.

The 65 ACE30 Pack was creating using the latest 5.0 firmware. Most of the profiles incorporate the legacy delay but there are a couple that utilize the new expanded 5.0 delays.  Please forgive the playing in the audio samples as many of these weren't exactly in my wheelhouse.  Thanks!

5150 Pack – 36 Studio/35 Merged Profiles

The 5150 came out in 1992 and it marked a departure for Eddie from the Marshalls he had used for years.  It was unlike any amp Peavey had made and had cascading gain stages that gave it more gain than any other amp on the market at the time.  Its cold biasing kept it from blowing itself up from all the power and saturation on tap.  Other high gain amps have come and gone over the years but there's still something really cool about these original models.

This particular specimen has seen a lot of work and probably melted a few faces in its lifetime.  It just goes to show how bulletproof this little beasts can be.  I profiled it my usual 3rd Power 212 cab as well as a matching, old 5150 412 with its original Sheffield speakers.  The two cabs give a nice bit of variety.  Not known for their clean tones, the 5150 is predominantly a rock beast.  The Crunch channel has more than enough gain for rock rhythms while the Lead channel goes more into the super-saturated metal world.  Even country(ish) guys like me can find some workable tones in it and it has a nice clarity that I've even used on some recordings already.

The 5150 Pack was creating using the latest 5.x firmware.  Please forgive the playing in the audio samples as many of these weren't exactly in my wheelhouse.  Thanks!

Sweet 16
SWEET 16 PACK – 88 Studio Profiles
I'm pretty excited to put out another "greatest hits" pack of profiles.  The Sweet 16 Pack includes 88 studio profiles of 16 great-sounding amps that cover everything from vintage British overdrive to grunge (Mars 72 SL, 900, 2K) to country cleans (65 Luxe Verb, 62 Prince, 62 Bandmate) to boutique classics (Buddha SD, Bog Sheba, Match Chief) to harder to find gems (Egniter Semi, Wild Kitty, Magnet Twilight, 3M Howl) to modern club staple amps (BBreaker, A30CC, Black* 60). Having a Kemper already full of profiles, it's hard to find new ones that will take the place of my longtime favorites, but there are rigs in here that are already finding a home in our live show, esp. the Luxe Verb, Mars 900, and Sheba rigs.  Indeed, there are too many good options sometimes. check out the sound samples below to see if they might be what you're looking for.   As usual, please forgive the playing.  I pretty much run out of ideas after the first 4 clips so I just try to cover everything from bridge/neck pickups, single notes, picked chords, open chords and chunky fifths. The Sweet 16 Pack was creating using the latest 5.x firmware.  Thanks!