NicolasD 07/26/2010

Mesa Boogie TriAxis : NicolasD's user review

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Thank you for the other users who, by their descriptions, did the job for me;)

UTILIZATION

To the question "do you get a good sound easy?" Is true we would tend to find that perfect preamp, but the answer is no, not 100X, dixit manual: "... and we find that a single master TriAxis already represents quite a challenge for anyone. "
Let me explain: The TRIAX filled with good things but to really master it and get the best from the camera, you have to spend much time on it.
It's been 10 years that I have and I discover or rediscover the sound. As my tastes change, the way I deal with them too.
The settings on the TRIAX are very subtle. We will immediately correct sound with the factory presets to get the sound but it looks you really have to take the lead.
The manual helps a bit, especially to understand the different modes, but once you understand their philosophy, it must be close and use his ears.
Users of the TRIAX often limited to its "Petrucci" but there is so much more versatile than that!
Also, a small flaw: when one uses the methods of 2:90 or effects loop, press a button 24 times and go through all modes to return to its base. It's pretty tedious when you just wanted to test a new combination.
Good point for the phantom power (but not usable with all cranks noon).

SOUNDS

RHY GREEN mode "Blackface" (with lots of bass then) but far from the trunk of a Fender. The twinamp I got rid sounded better. That said, it is widely usable. With the gain in depth and ES 335, it was very warm blues. Not bad but not particularly remarkable.

RHY YELLOW: The clean channel of the MARK IV: very clear sound right, cold or frozen, that does not saturate. The sound we like to call "crystalline." Very effective because it shows live better than the green channel.

GREEN UPDATE 1: The sound of the Mark I. THE MESA its origins (Fender hot lapped), very 70's, very hot, like Santana when he told Randall Smith: "Shit man. That little thing really Boogies!"

YELLOW UPDATE 1: The same but more saturated. Just as hot. Personally, I prefer to GREEN.

1 RED LEAD: According to the manual, "This mode is by far the most aggressive of the 6 modes. The favorite of many users, at least my favorite for years. High Gain saturation really drooling a little, just enough to hide the bread;)
It seems that it is the channel Vintage / Orange Dual Rectifier Solo head. I call it an attempt Marshallian rather successful. With the gain and drive at least we have a very nice crunch.
Effective for rock in general and its derivatives (hard, metal ...)


LD 2 GREEN: The channel midgain of MARK IV, many mediums, the opposite of Marshall. The other feature of its mark, AMERICAN MODERN SOUND. I was not really hooked early, perhaps because he does not forgive mistakes, I was not technical enough, and it was not dug enough for me. Since I've matured and I can say this is by far my favorite. And it is not only good for extreme music but for virtually all styles.

LD 2 YELLOW: The overdrive channel of the Mark II C + (amp fetish Metallica hehehe ...). It is the channel dedicated to the metal. More bass than the LD 2 GREEN but not really over. I confess I do not really feel the difference, besides Metallica was using both on the Black Album. With the voicings of 2:90 was a sound very close, very metal but that does not saturate that much, do not expect the ultra high gain, this is not the case.

RED LD 2: The channel of saturated Mark III, one of which apparently John Petrucci uses for his solos. I confess that the only way that I program ever. I can not find it natural, it was too "chemical". It has many acute, it is right but there is nothing to do, I do not really like it. Tastes and colors ...

I should mention here that the younger TRIAX when it was a preamp output, really bad, especially with the 2:90 voicings and deep, half and modern. It is always a little biensur but is now rolling through Diezel heads or Engl.

To have tried with several guitars, I think it looks better with those equipped with humbuckers Les Paul type guitars or active pickups ESP types.



OVERALL OPINION

To summarize, this is the best preamp rack market. Simply because other brands have stopped production or that competitors are too cheap. In any case, there is not as comprehensive and versatile, whatever the price range.

It is not perfect biensur:
- In addition to that button must be pressed 24 times (see above) we feel a brief change in volume, about one second between two distinct modes (not between two modes LD1 LD1 but between a mode and a mode LD2 example). And frankly it audible.
- When registering a preset, if the unit is old, sometimes the buttons "freezent. It must then restart the Triax. This is apparently not a problem of software but a mechanical problem.
- The price ... When we buy the Triax, it is essential to couple it to a 2:90. I use it sometimes with a 20/20, that's fine too but it's mate, is objectively not as well with a 2:90, they are inseparable. And acquiring the two is quite a sum of pay. That said, people get tired easily from a rack and I've seen it used, almost new, 700 euros.
- Maintenance, change lights and TRIAX and 2:90 is quite expensive.
- The output RECORDING does absolutely nothing. It's ugly.

Pros:
- The incredible range of sounds. I defy anyone to find more complete preamp "tube.
- It has been designed for the professional, with lots of space to store its presets can be assured with any great variety of styles.
- The clarity and brightness settings on the front, we know them right away, even in the dark.
- The DYNAMIC VOICE EQ V, which can transform a sound.
- The Phantom Power
- The possibility of using MIDI continuous controller messages with version 2.0, which allows for example to increase the settings for that diminishes others with an expression pedal (for example, when you press pedal, and the gain is increased while reducing the mids and bass master).

If I could improve it ... I already ask MESA BOOGIE have an email address to get started:)
Then I ask them to reduce the size of the triax half full to put in my bag, to make a real exit emulation HP, adding reverb and put automated knobs instead of buttons, c ' is still much simpler in concert.

I've had 10 years (I bought secondhand, it was easy 15). He did not always let go, it really is quality construction.
I have 4 amps and this one I know best and the only one I will probably not sell.
Despite its price, if it is still a best seller (and if Metallica always comes back in the studio) is that there is a reason. To think;)