While looking for new vocal sounds I stumbled across an interesting trick. I
discovered that if you insert the V-Twin into your vocal channel and set the
gain right, you get a poor-mans tube vocal preamp. Except... combined with
the proper compression it sounds super thick and fat. The "coloring" from
the V-Twin adds a very smooth low-mid warmth to any vocal as well as
exciting the whole mid-range. It took me a while to get the settings
perfect, but you can even squeeze a little natural tube compression out of
this box. I know it's a little odd to use a guitar floor toy for vocals
other than for obvious effect, but this really works well. Now for the
From your insert cable, go in to the instrument in (duh), come out of the
power amp out.
Set your gain to about 2.5 to 3, set your master to 4.
As far as eq goes I've had luck with running everything at 5, but each combo
(mic, mixer, vocalist) will lend itself to a little experimentation. Try
Bass 4.5, Middle 5, Treble 4 and Presence at 6.5.
I'd like to hear how you make out with this little trick. Maybe someone from
Mesa will catch on and turn out a dedicated vocal preamp (sending me one
gratis, of course).
I've also used this on kick drums, acoustic guitars, etc with the same