Advice on Ashdown head settings.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by D.Cash, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    I just picked up an Ashdown MAG 600 head (pic of the face below)


    Couple of questions;

    Anyways, if anyone has some advice on settings, I play metal/sludge, the sound I'm going for is maybe somewhat along the lines of Isis, Neurosis etc. Just big and crushing basically!

    I'm running this through a 4x10 & 1x15.

    Also, I was told that it's a better idea to run the 1x15 out of the "sub out" as opposed to just speaker out as it gives a bigger low end. Any opinions on that?

    And lastly, this is a rack mount type head, is there a sleeve or casing type thing that I can get for this?

    Thanks in advance,
    D. Cash.
  2. markorbit


    Apr 16, 2004
    I think the 'sub out' is just the sound from the sub-harmonic generator. Do you even use that?

    I would just run them both from speaker out unless the sub is a big feature of your sound. Then I would put it into the 15.

    Not familiar with the rackmount options in this series. I thought the Mags were all heads.
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 to that^.
  4. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    Thanks Mark.

    The thing is I just bought it today and I wont get a chance to use it til the the weekend as I've got a ton of work to catch up on this week, I have a show about 2 days after that so I may not have a load of time to mess around with it and figure out the sound, so was just looking for some "tried & tested" settings to maybe save me some time!

    Not too familiar with the subharmonic generator, I'll have a look into it.
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Rule of thumb is to set everything at 12 noon, (eq wise), and tweak from there. I don't know about that sub harmonic generator, sounds like an octave effect to me, but run the amp, and both cabs full range, and you should have a good starting point.
  6. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    Cool, thanks man.
  7. Sten


    Nov 18, 2001
    The Sub-harmonics is indeed an octaver. I recommend not to use it in the first gig since you won't have much time to experiment with it. Check the Ashdown site for the manual (from the Legacy section, since this model is not inproduction anymore. It does have same EQ section as the MAG/EVO II heads), it gives an overview of the EQ controls and how each of them works. Takes a few minutes to read but saves you a lot of time.

    As a sleeve any 2U product will do (there are plastic and plywood cases, wooden sleeves (like regular Ashdown heads have, but these will not protect your knobs during transport much), and even rack bags. I recommend something like this:

    I'm sure some store near you has them. If you have even the slightest plan to add more rack gear (tuner, compressor, power conditioner) then get a bigger rack - it costs and weighs almost the same.