Downloaded presets overwrite Spark knobs settings?



  • If you use the app to load an amp/effects, does it override the physical amp sounds (gain,tone,etc?). For example, if I download a Clapton preset, but my Spark knobs are set for max distortion, there will be a conflict. I do not have my Spark yet so I cant test it.



  • if a preset is active the knobs are bypassed until you touch them



  • @dlakes Samueleonline is correct. When you send a tone to your amp (whether you store it in one of the 4 presets or not) the settings in the tone are what the amp pays attention to, until or unless you move any of the knobs on the amp itself. As you move a knob on the amp, you should see a corresponding change in the same knob in the app on your phone or tablet.
    Warning -- any such changes with the knobs that you make are not saved unless you purposefully save the tone on your device.
    Extra Warning -- because the amp responds to the settings in the tones, overriding any knob settings on your amp you can think you're practicing very quietly and decide to test a new tone only to find that you've awakened everybody in your house and possibly on your whole block! So if you are trying to check things out quietly, be sure to move the Master volume knob some, leaving it where you want it for the volume level you're trying to achieve. Don't assume that the volume that comes out of the Spark will follow the knob positions on a new tone you're trying out.



  • @dhbailey said in Downloaded presets overwrite Spark knobs settings?:

    @dlakes Samueleonline is correct. When you send a tone to your amp (whether you store it in one of the 4 presets or not) the settings in the tone are what the amp pays attention to, until or unless you move any of the knobs on the amp itself. As you move a knob on the amp, you should see a corresponding change in the same knob in the app on your phone or tablet.
    Warning -- any such changes with the knobs that you make are not saved unless you purposefully save the tone on your device.
    Extra Warning -- because the amp responds to the settings in the tones, overriding any knob settings on your amp you can think you're practicing very quietly and decide to test a new tone only to find that you've awakened everybody in your house and possibly on your whole block! So if you are trying to check things out quietly, be sure to move the Master volume knob some, leaving it where you want it for the volume level you're trying to achieve. Don't assume that the volume that comes out of the Spark will follow the knob positions on a new tone you're trying out.

    CAVEAT, My Spark isn't here yet, should be Thursday. That said, I have a long history with modelling amps (Kemper, Axe FX, Blackstar, Peavey, Boss among a few). This is pretty much par for the course in modelling amps that can be changed via an app. There have been amps with motorized pots (and thus a preset will move them). But those are rare and VERY expensive. Other makers have had a series of LEDs around knobs, which will light with where it is set via a preset. Generally, those are meant to PRIMARILY be used more stand alone (and gigged), whereas the Spark was designed to use a bluetooth device (which will show what is set on the preset).

    To the OP, think of it this way. At the heart of all modelers, Spark included, is a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). It runs Modelling 'Software' that 'models' or duplicates the signal outputted by an amp (plus fx and pedals). NOW, it determines how to do this from a series of inputted values, in a particular format, that it understands how to use to create that total amp tone and response.

    That input can come from completely, 'memory', or from a mix of analog input (aka the control knobs) and memory (Knob that selects Glassy, Crunch etc., determines a bunch of that input with stored values.

    So, you can dial in a group of values, using the knobs. Or, you can send those values from the app (either by selecting different items, or a whole set via the tonecloud).

    All of that said, once a group of values are loaded by any of those methods, they can be modified by any of those methods.