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TONE NAME: Demeter DeLeo

  • Created with: Helix
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  • Song:
    Plush, Wicked Garden, Trippin On A Hole, Interstate Love Song
  • Band:
    Stone Temple Pilots
  • Guitarist:
    Dean DeLeo
  • Date: 5/16/21
  • Downloads: 578
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  • Comments:
    UPDATE to my March 20th post: Changed Ganymede to Dynamic Hall. Added: Demeter drive, which adds more gain on the 2204 side. I’ve also added a momentary Reverb Splash at FS11, think the end of the 2-bar section of the Wicked Garden main riff. On the recording, it’s another track. Stepping on FS11 changes the Delay, Diffusion and the Mix on the Dynamic Hall and adds in a chorus-y Mistress. ORGINAL TEXT Dean's tone is a mix of his Vox with the Demeter TGP-3 into a VHT power amp. But that's not enough. For decades, I've assumed he was running Chorus as a fattener/sweetener, but his rig diagrams didn't make sense. He runs a stereo CE-1, but only to split the signal to the Vox/Demeter. Pete Thorn solved this the other day with his video about EVH's micro-pitch fattened post-DLR sound. It's the Dual Pitch. The key to Dean's big sound is the blanking Dual Pitch. 9 cents up and 9 cents down and the tone gets wider and chorus-y without wobble. You'll find FS11 adjusts the mix; it's never off, but the mix goes up and down. Think of Trippin On A Hole... kick FS11 on at that amazing walk-up on a G going into the chorus and you'll hear it. For Plush, leave it on (FS11 On is a higher mix setting for the Dual Pitch/Chorus) for a fuller sound, and go heel back for more Vox, to taste. Now let's talk about the amp blend - it's on EXP2. Both amps are always in the mix. The A/B split is run by EXP2, from A49 (heel down, more Vox, think Lady Picture Show) to B73 more 2204/Demeter (toe down). If you dislike riding the EXP, you can assignthe A/B to a footswitch; I'm still bouncing back and forth, as the difference is subtle, but there. More 2204/Demeter is really higher saturation as opposed to a fundamentally different tone. Staying in toe-down is most of the Dean live sound (73% Demeter, 27% Vox; adjust to taste). Because the tones on the first 3 albums vary so wildly, I aimed for Dean's live sound on the Alive In The Windy City DVD from the 2010 tour. Which isn't that different from the Rolling Rock show; this tries to straddle the line. Is it perfect Dean? Nah, but none of us have Dean's hands. Can it get the great chukka-chukka Dean uses? Yup. Let's talk about Plush for a second. Listen to Plush and it's not Chorus; Dean uses a Boss CE, but it appears to be only to split his signal to stereo. It's the pitch shift; it's subtle, but it's there. If you've grabbed my other Dean presets on here, and thousands of you have, this one is better. Minimal footswitches - Dean doesn't use a lot. Throw a boost on the Vox for a little extra goose. As always, play with it. But I like this. A lot. This one is much more articulate in handling Robert's dense chords as it gives the illusion of a lot of gain (the harmonics jump nicely) because of the wider signal, but it's not a muddy mess

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