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TONE NAME: Axxeman Plus

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  • Date: 3/6/16
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  • Comments:
    A blast from the past with this little attempt to recreate some of my old skool recording rig from way back in the 1980’s. FYI - The Nomad Axxeman is a really excellent and mucho rare guitar pre-amp that was manufactured in the UK during the early 80's. The 1U high rack mounted steel case contained a built-in compressor, followed by a switchable 4 preset tone control (deep, bright, hard and edge), an overdrive section and a chorus effect (normal, deep) together with a pretty good ADT analogue delay circuit. Alongside this little gem in the rack was an early Yamaha SPX90 (mainly for reverb but also pitch FX) and a lofi Ibanez DM1000 Digital Delay. The "Plus" part is that I decided to add in some of the additional FX units which I also used at the time. These were mainly vintage Electro Harmonix stomp boxes - a 1974 version 2 Small Stone Phaser, a classic Deluxe Electric Mistress, plus an original NYC Big Muff Fuzz Pi. Also being used, mainly as a Wah, was an extremely rare EHX Muff Fuzz Crying Tone Pedal which replaced a very old Colorsound model. More weirdness - I also had a rare 1976 Ibanez ST800 Stereo Box stomper which should really have been called a tremolo box and a proper real relic of a tape delay - the ECHO DEK by Simms Watts. All this stuff got patched into the old 4 track tape machine through an 8 channel Studiomaster mixer and an outboard, self built, rack system called Tanrak by Tantek, which consisted of a pair of stereo Pro Noise Gates, 2x stereo Compressor/Limiters and a thing called an Aural Enhancer, based on the Aphex Aural Exciter. Google some of this kit and see what life used to be like before all this slick digital jiggery pokery was put into one black box. Anyhow, clicking this patch together gave me the basic flavour of all that old stuff - this was just my bit of fun - enjoy. Oh, yeah, I decided to use the Mandarin model pre-amp because, back in the day, I used to work making amp and speaker facia panels and nameplates for Mat Mathias, the founder of Matamp, from which Orange eventually became an offshoot, run by Cliff Cooper (check MATAMP history, here: - I've still got a bunch of all this antique stuff, and even more digi-synth/sampler modules etc., racked up and sitting in the corner of the studio just gathering dust. The bleeding edge of technology, eh? It's cost me a damn fortune so far!

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