"The Cleaner" customised module

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"The Cleaner" customised module

Post by CrunchBunch » Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:33 am

Love the Randall MTS system. Only stumbled upon it about 12 months ago and since that time I've gone on an acquisition frenzy along with modifying to suit my tastes and needs almost every module I've got.

In doing my mods, my focus has been on pursuing tone and feel that makes me want to play and write more. The magic of MTS is I can plug a new module in and get a whole new palette of inspiration.

Today I finished the last piece in the puzzle. A clean module I've named "The Cleaner". I used a Blackface as the donor but a lot has been changed over the last 5-6 months I've had it in development. It was good to finally get it to stage I'm really happy with it. It ticks all of the boxes on my clean module wish list:

- super clean to warmly distorted with the twist of the gain knob;
- boosted and gritty with the flick of the grime switch - clean with a light touch but gritty if you dig the pick in;
- two tone stacks on a push-pull mid knob (the "fat" switch) to give me the optimum adjustment range/tone stack for humbuckers and single coils;
- a tighter, more focused voicing option on the push-pull gain knob (the "scrub" switch) for blues lead breaks.

It's funny, I thought I had it dialed about 2 months ago. Then I built a super high-gain module inspired by what I liked most about the soldano/5150 and what I disliked most about the Mesa Rectos. A lot of lessons learned on structuring those gain stages and the tone stacks then made it back into the clean module (but none of the values)!

Anyway, more info on "The Cleaner" mod is available here

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Hopefully this'll keep you fellow DIY guys fired up...

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Post by CrunchBunch » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:49 am

Also, if anyone wants to get rid of a clean type module, I need to make a backup for The Cleaner. Clean, Blackface, Deluxe would all work.

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Post by Capt_Tippy » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:31 am

Great info CrunchBunch, Thanks for sharing.

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Post by CrunchBunch » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:14 pm

Cheers Capt. Have been playing this module alot over the past couple of days and doing some tube rolling as well. Can't wait to get another one built for some proper A/B testing.

At the moment, long plate JJ ECC803S in V1 is the winner. What's in V2 doesn't seem to have as much effect on tone. Got a big variety of valves arriving any day now, so there's more fun to be had.

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Post by CrazyNutz » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:00 am

Nice work! Im just now getting into the MTS thing. Ive been modding a SL+

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Post by CrunchBunch » Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:51 am

Just made a copy of The Cleaner for the awesome Mattfig. The original took me months to develop, so I'd forgotten how much work there was involved. I pretty much replaced every component of the donor module (outside of the power supply circuit). There were over two dozen component changes and several additional components for good measure.

Thankfully the copy sounds every bit as awesome as the original. I hope Matt will be happy with it.

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Post by CrunchBunch » Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:33 am

The Cleaner #2 is done and on its way back to Matt. Its got some user friendly additions like some of my favourite settings, a place to record your own and a list of tried and recommended tubes.

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Post by webrthomson » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:10 am

Excellent work sir - very impressive!

Figster - we want a demo :)

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Post by withmittens » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:21 am

that's very cool what you did there. I'd love to hear that thing. Maybe MattFigg will make a deemo
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Post by CrunchBunch » Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:46 am

Yeah, fingers crossed Matt will find time to do a demo. In the meantime, I've got some quick and dirty sound samples on The Cleaner webpage that will hopefully give a bit of an idea. Scroll to the bottom to play them. They are in mp3 format.

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Post by Mattfig » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:07 pm

I will surely do a proper demo guys! It looks awesome CrunchBunch!
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Post by Mattfig » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:47 pm

Well, after having a few goes with "The Cleaner" I will say now she is a winner! Very nice tones, very useable options...Everything clicks with this one....Perhaps the best clean mod I own...Demo forthcoming....
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Post by CrunchBunch » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:09 am

Mattfig wrote:...Perhaps the best clean mod I own...
Wow. That's quite humbling. I'm really pleased that it can hold its own against other modded modules.

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Post by Mattfig » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:58 pm

CrunchBunch wrote:
Mattfig wrote:...Perhaps the best clean mod I own...
Wow. That's quite humbling. I'm really pleased that it can hold its own against other modded modules.
Oh yeah! It's a stellar module sir!
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Post by Capt_Tippy » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:52 pm

Mattfig wrote:I will surely do a proper demo guys! It looks awesome CrunchBunch!
ahemmmm... ;)
Moral of the story, buy extra tubes, and don't pay up charges. Good luck, cause tube buying is a crap shoot.

You're correct. I probably have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm not even sure why I bothered to say anything in the 1st place.

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