Just As At Home Playing Small Clubs As It Is Playing In Large Theaters/Arenas
I don't quite know what to say except that after actively gigging for the past 20 plus years, spending a few of those years on the road, through all the studio and live sessions and being pretty much my own roadie all of that time, my body is now at 38 years old starting to feel the havoc of hauling around a wall of 4/12 cabinets, an amp rack case and a seperate effects rack case and pedalboard. It was time for me to face the reality that if I wanted to continue to play out on the live scene I needed to scale down, lighten my load and roll with the punches of getting older.
But how is an ultimate tone chaser like myself going to accomplish this large feat??
It wasn't easy until now! Enter the Rocktron Prophesy II.
For a while, I tried the digital rack thing but wasn't happy with the tone. Let me assure you wholeheartedly that the Prophesy II gets you to tube warmth territory with ease. All of the responsiveness of a tube amp is there. It is easy to use and just as easy to learn how to manipulate the unit to change parameters to get it to do what you want. The built in Rocktron effects are nothing short of amazing in their studio quality sound. With the optional Midi Mate floor controller, you can have all access to your parameters in a live situation at the push of a button.
The unit sits in my rolling 8 space shallow rack case with my Furman Power Conditioner, my now rackmounted wireless, a BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer and an old Mosvalve power amp I had stored in the closet.
After all the years of breaking my back to have tube tone, warmth and responsiveness, I went from hauling around hundreds of pounds of multiple cases of gear to now pulling a rolling rack case that weighs about 30 lbs fully loaded and a pair of 2/12 cabinets on casters and that's it other than a couple guitars.
My setup time with the old rig was about 45 minutes wiring everything in and now in 2 minutes I am ready to play. Teardown time was almost the same and again in 5 minutes I am all packed up.
I have used this rig the past two months playing gigs from bars of 100 or less people to ballroom/theaters that hold 2,500+ people and it does the job equally in either situation. Other guitarists cannot believe the tone I get from my rig and say that after hearing this rig that they are going to do the same as me. I know 4 of them that have already done so. All my tube amp heads, effect racks, and 4/12's are going up for sale!!
I am as pleased as I will probably ever be as a guitarist in search of his personal holy grail of tone. I knew I had it with my old rig, but now I know I have it just the same in my Prophesy II rig and my back and legs have thanked me!!