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Analog or Digital? Or Both? Who's running what with your Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by jaymichaels, May 19, 2017.

  1. jaymichaels

    jaymichaels Strat-Talker

    Feb 7, 2017
    I run an all analog signal, just curious what others are running and why? IMG_4938.JPG
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  2. suncrush

    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 25, 2014
    My TC delay, chorus and reverb are digital. But, TC makes really good digital devices, so they sound great. The rest of the board is analog.
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  3. Stratopat

    Stratopat Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 5, 2016
    I struggled for years to find a good setup. I love Fender cleans and Marshall means. In the end, I have settled on a Digitech GSP1101 rack preamp into a Mesa Boogie 50/50 tube power amp. I have that hooked to 2 212 cabs in stereo with a Greenback and Vintage 30 in each. People complain about digital effects, and they are no substitute for a nice tube amp, but if you work at it,you can get pretty close. I've had an Avid 11 rack and a Line 6, preferred the older Digitech to both. But as they say, tone is subjective.

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  4. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 1, 2014

    Where I live at the moment, I'm running an ME-70 through a 500-watt Behringer PA system, & I'm extremely surprised & pleased with the results.

    My regular rig is a Tube-Works RT-2100 4 x 10 combo, & all I run in it is my guitar(s).


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  5. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Strat-O-Master

    Dec 18, 2008
    south jersey
    I believe I'm analog all the way. Guitar-klone-MGv4-TS-big muff-EB volume ped-memory man-holy grail-Mr black eterna gold into VR, Pro R, BD.
    It sounds good to me.

  6. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Its all good.

    I'm 95% Analog, but use a Fractal FX8 for grab and go, with a 2001 Fender Cyber Twin.. But my main amps iare 100% Analog pedals.

    Some of my MOOG pedals do have MIDI, but the effect, signal path, is analog.
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  7. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    My Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15 and TA-30 analog tube amps are all I need 99.9% of the time - with the occasional effect to spice things up every once in a great while (most of which are analog as well)...

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  8. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Thr cyber twin is so underrated. The twin and super reverb settings once tweaked a bit are my go to sounds.
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  9. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    I have to admit that my little (battery powered) Mustang Mini (discontinued) sounds pretty good when plugged into an external speaker cabinet (you have to modify it to do this) and is super convenient when having to play somewhere with no power outlet.

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  10. moullineaux

    moullineaux Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 11, 2009

  11. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Strat-O-Master

    Aug 22, 2015
    I have few 80's Ibanez digital delays in the chain. If I like the sound I don't think about the analog / digital deal.
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  12. rorytheherb

    rorytheherb Strat-Talk Member

    May 14, 2017
    Bethesda, Maryland
    I wanted to be completely analog but there are some effects that aren't really available analog namely intelligent pitch shifting and reverb. I recently picked up a Big Sky. I wasn't planning on it, but opportunity struck and I got a good deal on it. I like the analog dry-through that Strymon does. I believe I would like my H9 Max a bit more if it too had dry-through.

    Everything is analog except all the stuff that is digital LOL. I was stigmatized like a lot of people by the bad digital multi-fx of the 90's and beyond. They've come along way. That said, it's still better to have a direct unadulterated path from your fingertips to the air off your speakers, but I have begrudgingly given that up in favor of making outlandish noises!

  13. Andy Wright

    Andy Wright Strat-Talker

    Jun 16, 2016
    Both. Why would anyone limit themselves? If it sounds good then use it. If it doesn't then don't use it. Who cares if it's analog or digital. I use the following

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  14. monwobobbo

    monwobobbo Strat-O-Master

    Aug 30, 2010
    scottsville ny usa
    currently all analog. i only use a few (4) of pedals and all are analog into a tube amp. or for recording it's all digital as that is just plain easier. for that i use a Line 6 POD bean.

  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    This is my pedal board, all analog.

    At home I run it into this, with excellent results.

    At band practice I run it into this, once again all analog. It's only a 5 watt head, but it's loud enough to keep up with drums, bass and 2nd guitar. I use this for band practice because I can just leave it in the practice room, then I don't have to lug an amp back and forth.

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  16. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

    Mar 30, 2017
    South Carolina; USA
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    Images of some of the effects I use. ALL of it (obviously) older gear. Lots of the "hard to find" sound patches; Most I customized myself. Sometimes I only use the Pedalboard; if I use the Rack, I switch it via MIDI. Can also use the Pedalboard as a MIDI Switcher. Use depends on choice of Amp(s)- Tube or Solid State.( I use Vintage Tube Amps mostly). Size of venue, song list, etc. are also factors in deciding what to use. Btw, sorry for the Pedalboard "mess"! This was taken in my Music Room at home. On-stage setup would be MUCH neater! I also have another rack. (not pictured).

  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
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  18. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    I think a firmware update will help with the crunch/drive setting.
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  19. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    i guess im running both....this pedalboard through either a vox ac30 or ac4, but when i practice in my room i use a pod hd500x through the power section only of a spider III.
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  20. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

    Mar 30, 2017
    South Carolina; USA It's Digital Effects & Vintage Tube Amps for me, most of the time. It REALLY comes down to WHAT SOUNDS GOOD.