Setting Volumes on a 215c (and any 2xx model)

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Rick_Sanchez
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Setting Volumes on a 215c (and any 2xx model)

Post by Rick_Sanchez » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:13 am

Hey all,

Have done some searching through old posts to try and get an answer on this and have tried a few different things suggested however I cannot seem to get the volumes right on my 215c.

Guitar - PRS CE24, so modern humbuckers.

This is what I'm trying to get.

Clean Crunch Channel:
Green: I want a clean sound that's not breaking up for clean parts and strumming.
Orange: Hairier / pushed cleans rhythm sound
Red: Rhythm dirty sound / lead tone (with boost pedal or master volume)

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I'm finding that it's really tough to get the volumes worked out for this, so having the gain at about 10 o'clock seems to be where I can get a clean tone that doesn't break up on clean Green and has enough gain through Orange and Red however it feels like i almost have to dime the channel volume to get any volume parity otherwise it feels like a noticeable volume drop between clean (loud) and orange/red (softer). Am trying not to assign the Master 2 to them as want to use it for a solo boost.

I've toyed with Clean Green and then using the OD channel at low gain on Green and Orange but it gets too gainy pretty fast - however I can get the volume sorted out exactly as i need really easily.

The only thing I've been trying to avoid is using the volume knob - I've been playing for 21 years and never been a player that does that, i feel with an amp with this many channels I should be able to dial it in :-)

Any ideas?
PRS CE24 - Tobacco Burst / PRS SE277 Baritone / PRS SE Mark Holcomb
MIJ '#0001' Fender Stratocaster
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul / Epiphone Classic T

JVM215c and VS265

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Re: Setting Volumes on a 215c (and any 2xx model)

Post by DalyCro » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:46 am

Have no problem balancing those 3 but I use master 2 for that (and i bet most of us do that if want balance). I think Santiago also said that 2 MV are there so you can easier balance channels if you have need for that. All 3 modes on both of my channels are set so I have balance between them and the only thing I move around are tone pots. And when I want to boost I have CM Dual boost, 1st part is in preamp and 2nd part is in the loop, so I can drive preamp harder or boost solos after it. And to be honest I dont know how you can get "grainy" green mode since this amp has pure clean, maybe the cleanest I played so far. And I even had, for a short time, PRS Custom 24 (awesome guitar). Just for the record, I am also a player who don't use volume on guitars a lot. Lately I started and whole new world opens to me, especially when I switch to higher gain channel.
I should warn you, I use ECC 823 (reversed 832) in V1 postion, wich reducing gain on my orange and red channels.
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Re: Setting Volumes on a 215c (and any 2xx model)

Post by Rick_Sanchez » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:05 pm

Many thanks for the detailed response. I've taken on what you've said and spent a heap of time this arvo balancing the channels using the MV1 and 2. It's setup perfect now. I'm using a boost pedal for the solo boost now and have got it working well.
PRS CE24 - Tobacco Burst / PRS SE277 Baritone / PRS SE Mark Holcomb
MIJ '#0001' Fender Stratocaster
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul / Epiphone Classic T

JVM215c and VS265

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