Tone Articles

The Dream Tones Principle – Boss Katana

So what makes a dream tone so dreamy…?

There’s a lot going on when I work on these tones. I spend a great amount of time carefully tweaking every parameter of every effect in BTS.

It must be perfect. I take all scenarios into account. Gigging musicians, bedroom players, recording guitarists, etc.

“I want the reverb tail to be cut at a certain point so it doesn’t “colide” with the high frequency content”

That’s a great sentence!

I’m talking about eq the reverb. You have low and high pass filters there. Not a full eq but that will do fine.

High frequency content on a digital, modelling or solid state amp can be ear piercing sometimes.

The Boss Katana is no exception.

But there’s ways to make it very smooth.

Reverbs and delays help shape the overall tone. Not just eq’s.

Creating ambience and depth is very important.

I usually test my tones both live and at home so I can compare and make adjustments accordingly.

If you use too much reverb, delay or modulation effects like chorus your sound will probably get lost in the mix or in the band.

So it takes time to get it right.

Nowadays I cut almost all of my patches around 5Khz. I then compensate with a graphic or parametric eq.

The low end is cut as well. No need for that extra low rumble.

Wanna learn more? Stay tuned for the next Article about the Dream Tones!

Best regards,
Juca Nery

The Power Of EQ – Boss Katana

Today I would like to talk about the Katana BTS equalisers.

I believe that they are a fundamental tool to shape the sound exactly how you want it to be.

Not that the Katana won’t sound good right out of the box!

But people sometimes refer to the amp as “too bright” or “dull” and they don’t realise what BTS can do.

I love using the amazing parametric Eq! And now in the newest version: 3.0.1 we have a the new graphic GE10 Eq!

From the original pedal:

“The Boss GE-10 Graphic Equalizer features a ten-band equalizer ranging from 31 Hz to 16 kHz with an amplitude range of +/- 12dB. It features a bypass switch, up to 15dB of output gain, and an external footswitch input”

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It’s now a vintage eq from Boss.

With these tools at your disposal you can achieve pretty much any sound!!!

I usually start with the knobs from the amp. Then I move to the eq section to further shape my sound. Those tiny but very important details rely there!

Check out one of my video tutorials on how to dial a great tone!

It takes time. It’s a fact. And nowadays I only use the Katana and it’s internal effects.

The Katana takes pedals very well as well! But I see it as a magic box! It has everything you need! Not just for beginners but for advanced users as well.

Start today messing with the eq section. Dial a basic tone and go from there. Compare to the sound you’re after. Use your ears!!! Don’t be too drastic when cutting or boosting certain frequencies! Be gentle and pay attention to what changes after just one decibel from a graphic band. Don’t just quit!

The next article will be dedicated to recording!!!

Stay tune and I hope you’re enjoying your Katana as much as I am!

Best regards,
Juca Nery

Recording – Boss Katana

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When it comes to recording the Katana offers a few different options.

  1. Phones/Rec Out
  2. Line Out
  3. USB

The sound is pretty much the same on various options.

USB is a great option for those who don’t own an external sound card. The Katana acts as sound card the moment you plug it via USB.

You can then choose in your DAW the Katana as your main sound card.

Nowadays with the latest firmware update V3.0.2 you can even record a few different effects in stereo which is a pretty cool thing!

But there are some drawbacks. The USB signal is very weak. There’s a workaround but BOSS should have addressed that. And the sound imo is not so faithful.

So I started using the Rec Out which gives you a slighter better sound and you can control the volume on the Master knob on the amp.

For this you will need a sound card.

There are many inexpensive solutions on the market today. And they are all good!

So I think it’s better for you to get one because it will come in handy for other tasks like recording vocals, etc.

I bought my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 for around 100 bucks. It’s cheap, good and delivers great sound! But there cheaper and also great alternatives.

The sound I was getting was good but not as good as what I was hearing from the amp speaker.

So I decided to use another alternative and in my opinion the best one!

A microphone! I have a SHURE SM 57. A very well know mic with many applications and used for a long time on guitar amps!

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I plug the mic on my audio interface, adjust the gain knob and then I search for the ideal position of the mic/speaker.

This can take a while and depends a lot on your room acoustics. Something I want to talk on the next article.

So, what do you use?

Are you happy with the results?

Once the guitar is recorded into the DAW you have many options regarding eq’s and effects!!! But let’s leave that for another time!

Stay tuned for more and keep on rocking!!!

Best regards,
Juca Nery