Carvin Quad-x Preamp?

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unearth
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Carvin Quad-x Preamp?

Post by unearth » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:46 pm

Anyone used a Carvin Quad Preamp?

Seems pretty interesting and feature packed for a old piece of gear.

CrunchBunch
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Post by CrunchBunch » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:48 pm

I've got one. It was my primary pre-amp before I got into the Randall MTS stuff.

It's a "good" bit of gear but in stock form the sound falls a little short of being "great". Clean channel is OK but nothing special (yet to hear a Carvin clean channel that really does it for me). Channel 2 can get a little gritty but lacks dynamics. Channel 3 can get you a sort of Marshall Plexi sound and Channel 4 has a lot of gain but is super-compressed.

For live performance, its got a lot of good features if you can get hold of the footswitch (or use a midi footswitch). Noise gate works well, separate series loops for each channel, stereo parallel effects loop and graphic eq (both assignable on a channel by channel basis).

At some stage I'm going to give mine some mods by applying some of the stuff I've learnt through MTS modding.

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