This 2-channel Rocktron Gainiac guitar tube preamp packs enough heat (and gain) for even the most hard-core metal heads! With over 70dB of gain and an incredible EQ circuit, the Gainiac can deliver an... Read More
This 2-channel Rocktron Gainiac guitar tube preamp packs enough heat (and gain) for even the most hard-core metal heads! With over 70dB of gain and an incredible EQ circuit, the Gainiac can deliver any tone under the sun. By turning up a special "Scoop" control, you suck out the midrange frequencies and produce the heaviest sounds imaginable. Use the bottom and top EQs to shape the lows and highs. The clean channel delivers the warm, punchy sound that guitarists of every persuasion love to hear.
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I have the Gainiac connected to the Rocktron 150w power amp. Without any other items, I have a clean (distorted also) sound and its run through the (2)112 Rocktron Guitar cabs,,,,,,,This is now a basic rig. in my Gator shell and most likely I'll not add too much more,no need to clutter up the sound. As a small rack unit its worth going in this direction.
The clean channel of the Gainiac 2 is amazing. The distortion channel can get overdive to the max, without sounding muddy or spongy.If a different sound is desired, the 12AX7 tube can be changed to any 12AX7 tube of choice. I Use the Gainiac 2 with a Marshall MG100 half-stack. The MG100 alone sounds dry and hollow, with no sound projection from the cabinet, not at all what they are known for. However... With the Gainiac 2, all of a sudden I have a new amp...with glassy & warm cleans, and seriously crunchy, clean distortion (not a fuzz box)...and the sound projection from the cabinet now is absolutely killer!!! Simply stated- It makes my solid-state MG100 half-stack sound like a tube amp. If it were lost or stolen I would gladly replace it. In my opinion, anyone looking to turn a solid-state amp into a true tube sounding amp, the Gainiac 2 will do it.I hope this review helps.
I tested out this preamp unit for a friend a few weeks back and I had mixed results. I liked the unit for guitar and bass amplification but I did not like it for vocals (which it was not made for anyway). The unit colored the sound in a way that I did not like very much. I tested the preamp with a Sure SM57 and several MXL mics on both male and female voices. If you need a inexpensive preamp for instruments this may be a good choice, but if you need a preamp for vocal tracks I would consider looking elsewhere.
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