Mesa Boogie Formula Pre
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Mesa Boogie Formula Pre

Formula Pre, Tube Guitar Preamp from Mesa Boogie.

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joemanix 03/23/2005

Mesa Boogie Formula Pre : joemanix's user review

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Prampli 5 lamps, rack 19 "1U footswitch.
3 channels indpendants (Rhythm, Lead 1 and 2).
a legalization Rhythm channel, master and gain.
common to a legalization Lead channels 1 and 2, and master gain spars.
5-band EQ switchable on three channels.
Adjustable stereo effects loop.

UTILIZATION

It's simple to understand. The three channels are easy balance each other using a master and gain.
The graphic EQ is footswitchable, as the three channels. In short, the config is suitable trs at the functional level.

SOUNDS

Excellent clean sound, associated with the graphic EQ. Although a bit more synthetic than on a studio preamp (which is fabulous), it remains largely suprieur the majority of current machines. Dynamics, a beautiful solo expressiveness, shiny, well it renders the sound of my strato. With the Pull Boost, the sound becomes more prominent, or crunchy, Submitted for arpges well.

Its saturated the flop is the full.
trs sound is dull, dark, and SETTING THE base there doing nothing. The graphic EQ can catch up a bit, but it's really heavy. I Verify the Tone of the guitar thinking she ZrO silent.
At the game, the impression of a sound that comes out is not trspnible and encourages a standard work of the strings. Feedback, a set of "mule", imprcis, tiring.

OVERALL OPINION

I used the machine one week because the seller was kind enough to leave me a little.
So I could test it rptition, but I could only confirm my impressions Premire full scale.
The studio preamp I had in comparison, although less convenient to use, seemed to be breathing lungs while the formula was dying in his fog.
I do not see the intrt of such a machine, worthy of its brand. Price is not ngligeable, only to have a clear sound. For half the price of time, a studio preamp is much more interresting.
It is true that technical changes are possible (as in the studio) but considering the original sound, you must have really wanted to believe and take risks.