Digitech GSP1101 vs Marshall JCM 900 - English Version

Scritto da Strat1 il 04/Nov/2009 alle 01:39

Sezione: Amplificatori


Some necessary explanation

GSP1101 is plugged between the amp's send/return. GSP1101 presets allow you to choose between the real valve preamp section (the JCM 900 Marhall's one, in this case) and a pre-amp simulated by Digitech.

The simulated pre could be one of the many simulations avaible in this multieffect (e.g.: Fender Bassman or Twin Reverb, or a Triple Rectifier, etc.), As you may expect, in order to get a fair comparison I chose the JCM 900 simulation. A cool feature on the GSP is the rotating main knob, which let me dial the 'real' tube tone or the simulated one just flicking it back and forth.

Of course, when the GSP1101 pre simulation is selected, the Marshall real tube preamp is completely bypassed thus excluding the amp's gain and tone controls, leaving the master volume the only working dial (which belongs to the amp's power section anyway).

To get a fair idea of the differences between the tones, I chose not to add any other on-board effect, using just a dry preamp simulation. All equalization parameters were flat. The cabinet I used was a Marshall 1922.




 Final considerations

It is not my goal to change people's mind in considering one system better than the other. Personnally, I have an "analog mind". However I'm glad to judge without any preconception typical of this kind of discussions (the eternal struggle between digital and analogic...).

In fact on stage I'll keep using my analogic preamp tones, but I have to say that messing with the different combinations of this digital unit (preamps, effects and cabinets' simulations) is priceless.

Strat 1