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Darkglass A/O ultra VS. vintage ultra v2

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by LionOnBass, Aug 2, 2018.


  1. LionOnBass

    LionOnBass

    Jul 10, 2018
    Germany
    Hi,

    I play mostly rock, pop and funk on a Fender American precision 5, stainless steel strings and like light overdriven, fat sounds.
    Also I want to use it with headphones and would like to have the cab-sim as an option.
    Once I tried the A/O ultra, but thought that the headphones output was a bit too quiet for my liking.

    Question no1: Is the headphone output louder on the vintage ultra v2?

    The thing is: If I cranked the master on the A/O, it distorted unpleasantly. (with the distortion circuit turned off, preamp mode only) If I cranked the sliders on a eq band too high, it distorted too.

    Question no2: Does the vintage ultra 2 do the same thing and distort unpleasantly in clean mode, when you crank the master volume or equalizer bands too high?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    For what you play, vintage ultra 2. the alpha omega ultra is more for metal. I mean the vintage ultra 2 can also be used in metal. it just depends on what settings you use. as long as you keep the eq controls steady, you should do fine.
     
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  3. Beheroth

    Beheroth

    Aug 26, 2016
    I disagree the AOU is easily the most versatile darkglass design, see this for example

     
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  4. LionOnBass

    LionOnBass

    Jul 10, 2018
    Germany
    The volume of the headphone output is the same and the „unwanted, unpleasant distortion (if you crank one of the knobs too high in non-distortion mode)?
     
  5. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Dingwall-Fender-Jule-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    The headphone output volume is controlled by the master slider: if it’s too quiet, turn it up.

    None of the sliders will cause any distortion: if you’re hearing distortion without the distortion channel engaged, you either have a defective unit or your headphones themselves are being pushed too hard.
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018
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  6. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Dingwall-Fender-Jule-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    The AO is most definitely not “more for metal”:

     
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  7. thehornedone

    thehornedone

    Sep 7, 2014
    I just got the Vintage Ultra v2, and using direct output, if I barely touch the Cab Sim button, I get static and hiss, and more if I wiggle it. Faulty switch?
     
  8. LionOnBass

    LionOnBass

    Jul 10, 2018
    Germany
    It is a tough decision because this unit is really expensive.

    So the headphones output on the vintage ultra v2 isn’t louder than the headphones output on the AO ultra?
     
  9. LionOnBass

    LionOnBass

    Jul 10, 2018
    Germany
    I ordered a A/O ultra
     
  10. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Most of the demos I've seen of the alpha omega ultra always sounds pretty heavy. which why I've said that it's more for metal. but I suppose it can be use in other genres. depending on the settings.
     
  11. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I was always under the impression that the alpha omega ultra is more suited for metal mainly because of the demos I've seen of this pedal always has a heavy setting. but I suppose depending on the settings, it can be used in other genres.
     

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