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MK 50H II vs. Boogie Mark V

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:21 am
by donnyboiler
My two favourite amps so far; I decided to compare them on a medium-ish gain setting as traditionally this is where the Boogie would be weaker. See what you think.

Each amp is played through its own matching V30 cab and dialled in for the best possible tone in the room. Guitar-amp-cable-SM57-Logic ... -vs-mark-v

Re: MK 50H II vs. Boogie Mark V

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:05 pm
by Giga
For starters, props for taking the time to do this !

I think something is off here; assuming you didn't make any adjustments in Reaper (so a straight recording) there's way too much difference in tone. My guess would be you miked the cab quite differently...

For a fair comparison, use the micing position and gainsettings in your daw for the louder of the two and just switch between the amps.

The way it is now we are comparing 2 completely different chains and sets of circumstances.

No insults meant, YMMV, IMHO etc. etc.....


Re: MK 50H II vs. Boogie Mark V

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:06 pm
by donnyboiler
I know what you mean. The Cornford was recorded months ago so there's nothing I can do now. But both have the same mic position and recording technique, so the difference you are hearing is Cornford-Cornford cab vs Boogie-MESA cab, allowing for slight differences in mic position. I always use the same mic position - right where the dustcap meets the cone, allowing for slight variation I suppose.

I've fixed the volume differnce now btw. Again they are two different sounds with two different dynamic envelopes but I've got them as close as I can I think. I can turn it down to the point where the right one is noticeably quieter and it will still punch more at points.

Re: MK 50H II vs. Boogie Mark V

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:41 pm
by donnyboiler
To prove my point I've done another. I've attempted to remove all unwanted variables this time - both amps are straight down the middle with no backing and I've triple checked my mic position is the same as usual.

It's worth pointing out that the MESA uses MESA branded V30s and a much harder/thicker grille cloth, which accounts for a lot of the differences I believe.

Amps are the same way round in this clip and there is no post-EQ. It's interesting how the removal of the backing track shows them in a different light, I think.

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Re: MK 50H II vs. Boogie Mark V

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:23 pm
by donnyboiler
Cornford was second btw...