The Old Tone Pot vs. The New ToneStyler®
Because of the distinct performance difference between the old tone pot's low pass filter, and the new ToneStyler's treble roll-off filter, the "before" half of each sound clip demonstrates retained bass with decreasing mid-range & treble, while the "after" half demonstrates retained bass and mid-range with only the treble cut off... a dramatic and useful difference!
Classic & Modern tone contours at your fingertips
Experienced musicians, producers and engineers will instantly hear the difference between "before" and "after", and will recognize many classic tones heard on decades of famous guitar recordings. It's no secret that many such tones were originally created via individual capacitor substitutions made on a trial & error basis - not a particularly convenient or effective way to discover that perfect tone for the track. Now at last, a ToneStyler provides six or eleven capacitor changes, instantly at your command! Because ToneStylers re-use your original knobs, and are invisible in use, no one will know how you quickly dialed in that great tone... just tell them, "it's all in the fingers!"
Performance & recording method
All of the clips were recorded live, and the phrases repeated in real time by session players using real guitars fitted with the ToneStyler; nothing was recorded or sampled and re-run through any equipment. All "before" & "after" clips were recorded without rehearsal in one continuous take, with no changes made to any amplifier tone setting, microphone position, mixing board input level or EQ adjustment. We used a Shure SM-57 close-miked on one speaker; no room mikes, direct boxes or signal processing at all. In mix-down, no EQ changes or enhancements were made to any clip, or to any portion of any clip. We simply normalized the peak audio levels for proper mp3 conversion, removed pauses, and compacted the musical phrases into these short sequences to form small files, allowing quick downloads. In short, these are 100% dry recordings made specifically to demonstrate the difference between "before" and "after", and to demonstrate typical settings within each control's adjustment range. All you need is a guitar, a ToneStyler, a cable and an amp, and you will easily meet or exceed this tonal range both on stage and in the studio.
No pedals or effects were used. The amplifier's tone controls were adjusted to produce a typical balanced tone appropriate for an "off-the-shelf guitar" with its volume & tone knobs "on 10". The amp knobs were left unchanged for the whole series of clips. We did not optimize the tone to favor our product or degrade the old tone control's performance in any way. As such, the first phrase in each clip should sound natural and live, just like a guitar "on 10" should sound when sitting next to the amp.
In setting the amps for a tone appropriate for a guitar with all knobs "on 10", we have intentionally declined any advantage in using a brighter amp tone which would better demonstrate the middle settings of the ToneStyler. Had we done so, the "stock" tone on "10" would have suffered from too much brightness, and in comparison, the clips would all have been slanted in favor of our product. As recorded, the clips accurately show the tonal changes both "before" & "after", from bright to dark, at one normal amp setting.
- Fender Twin Reverb 82 watt head, 4x12 cabinet (Alnico Blues) 2nd input: Vol 3, Bright off, Treble 7, Middle 10, Bass 5, Reverb 1 ~ 2.
- Marshall 1974x 18 watt Combo, 1x12 (Greenback) Trem channel: Vol 8, Tone 10.
- Marshall 1987x 50 watt head, 4x12 straight cabinet (Vintage 30s): Presence 0, Bass 4, Middle 10, Treble 4, Loudness One 3, Loudness Two 4 (with jumper).
The best way to experience the ToneStyler is in your guitar, played through your amp, with the amp's treble turned up higher than usual.