TriAxis Rack Modules Used
The TriAxis is a hard thing to get your head around - complex and overwhelming if you let it. STOP and find out how to do it right here... right now...
Review of GT-100 from Roland Corp.
22nd April 2012
A review of the GT-100 Effects Pedal. Does this GT-100 REALLY stack up where it matters - on the fretboard? or is it just another revamp of the GT-10? Check it out HERE its online right now.
Also the YJM100 Amp Head from Marshall amps here in the UK... a no holds barred review from Tony Mckenzie. Input also by Santiago Alvarez from Marshall Amplification.
DV-Mark Multiamp Amp Amplifier Review
1st May 2013
I just bought a DV-Mark Multiamp and a couple of 1x12 speakers designed to work with this amp for review. This is another emulator or simulator type of guitar amps.
Find out if this amp can topple the Axe-FX series and all the features that are built right in to the MULTIAMP such as a 500w amp for a bargain price! And does this amp deliver the goods?
Check out this review online ..take a look at the Multiamp from DV Mark and see the most in depth review to date on this product.
Satriani JVM410HJS from Marshall
4th May 2012
But not any more... Joe has revoiced the JVM HJS Marshall amp and here is the 'Inside and Out' Review
I also reviewed recently some old favourite pickups and show a demo of David White pickups for the Stratocaster. David passed away some time ago but he left a fantastic legacy if you can find any... Click here for David White Pickups
TriAxis Rack Modules Used by Tony
TriAxis Rack Modules Used in the Build
This rack over the associated web section here is taken apart from top to
bottom - quite literally, to show you how to achieve a great setup with your
TriAxis preamp. Here's a complete rundown of my CURRENT setup and why......
• Samson Power Brite. This little ditty will stop all those nasty power problems that seem to follow us wherever we plug the rig in. It's also got a stage light that is really useful. It's FUSED - so we're not going to get killed on stage - one of those press to reset fuses - so you don't have to find any on the night!. Lastly you can turn EVERYTHING on and off with one switch..... say no more....
• Mesa TriAxis. Most rock guys have heard of this one - and if not most people have heard this one, Metallica, Petrucci, and thousands of bands use this preamplifier. I won't harp on here - the site is riddled with info as to why you should own one of these. Definitely one of the best pre amps in the world - even today (2010).
• Eventide Eclipse V4. I use this firstly for the sounds. This effects unit has the lot. This one is controlled in real time by the Ground Control with an expression pedal. You are able to turn up (or down) the reverb or effect you have patched in. This sounds MUCH better than it reads here. This is a new unit, and there really is no reason to upgrade this.
• TC Electronics G Major. The TC G Major is a really powerful unit which is in fact world class. These are used professionally everyday by some of the best guitarists there is! If you want a great sounding effects unit then this is it. I link it in to the rig with a parallel switch from the GCX switcher that is from DMC Corp. I have also full control over this with midi (as I do with every unit except the 2:90 directly.
• DMC System Mix Plus. The system mix plus has got to be one of the finest rack enhancements that you can use. The System Mix Plus combines a dual stereo line mixer with the most needed functions for guitar racks. The dual stereo line mixer allows your effects to be combined in parallel instead of series. With series connection of effects, your preamp (or amp effect loop) output is passed through every effect. Each effect degrades the tone and adds noise. In a parallel system, your preamp output passes only through our super quiet and transparent mixer. Your preamp's tone is not altered and no noise is added. Two studio grade VCA's are included which can be used for stereo volume, panning, or as two separate mono volume controls. They can be controlled by the Ground Control or via MIDI. This eliminates running extra audio cables from your rack to volume pedals. Balanced XLR outputs, a stereo version of our Cab-Tone cabinet simulator, and a headphone amp with separate monitor and direct level controls are provided for direct recording. Also included are 1/4" mono and MIDI feed through, plus ground lift and phase invert switches. The best you can buy, like I said. Sadly, it seems these are no longer on the DMC site (the GCX and ground control are) so you might need to look around - very rare pro kit.
• DMC GCX Switcher. This unit allows up to 8 loops for effects units (that's 8 effects units separately switch able in or out of the mix). The loops can be parallel or series in ANY order. Combining the Ground Control with the GCX Guitar Audio Switcher forms a complete switching system. You can use each of the eight loops for in/out effect switching, A/B switching to select amps and preamps, or to control any type of foot-switch function such as amp channel switching. Add a mixer (like our System Mix Plus) to create a parallel effects system and use GCX loops to mute the inputs to your rack effects. This allows effects like delay and reverb to trail off naturally. GCX loops use no active circuitry, only the finest gold contact relays sealed in pure nitrogen. This gives the best possible reliability and tone.
And GCX loops will add true bypass to any pedal effect to greatly improve tone when the effect is not being used. Also included are two front-to-back feed-through's, one with a very transparent, inline buffer. This buffer allows splitting to multiple amps and preamps, as well as reducing noise and loss of high frequencies from cabling. The GCX provides phantom power to the Ground Control over a standard 5-pin MIDI cable.
For a switcher this is right up there with the best - and the cost is peanuts in comparison.
• Blanking Plate x 2. Yep - build in some room for the air to circulate, particularly just above the power amp. If you 'forget' to do this what usually happens is that the unit ABOVE the power amp will either overheat and hang - or just give up the ghost completely - DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS POINT.
Please note that I no longer have the TriAxis preamp or the 2:90 power amp. For this reason the TriAxis pages will not be updated. I do however still use the DMC kit and the Ground Control units with other rack equipment including the Eleven rack from Digidesign. Below is a link to the TriAxis Presets page.
Download the Presets HERE
Updated since these photos - I would use Eventide Effects..
This was Tony McKenzie's old rack - Note the Marshall Amp (awful)