• Created : May 2, 2021
  • Updated : May 11, 2021

Terms and conditions

Before proceeding with download, please consult the terms of use, and more specifically the “impulse response” section : https://overdriven.fr/overdriven/index.php/fr/about/.

These impulse response files (IRs) are free and as mentioned in the Terms of Use, no warranty of any kind is provided with these files (issues, sound problems, inability to use them, sound quality, damages of any kind…).

The riffs and partial song covers presented here as samples are used for illustration and educational purposes (using amps and IRs). These riffs and songs remain the property of their copyright owners.

Cab and Mics

The cab used is a Mesa/Boogie® Recto® horizontal cabinet (2*12), rear-loaded with two Celestion® V30, 16 ohms, made to Mesa specs. This collection contains the captures of the best sounding V30 of the two.

Make no mistakes : the famous Mesa bone-crushing tone is coming from their amps but is also relying on the Recto® cabinets family. These cabs may even be the most important factor in their signature tone. Anyway, this cab is one of the reference cabs on the market for metal and rock : it is scooped, and has a “tight” low-end (i.e. not flabby). The V30 used are Mesa V30s : they have a distinct sound signature with a lot of crisp and bite around 5 kHz and this partly explains why Mesa Cabs can sound quite differently from the average V30 cabinets using standard made-in-China V30s. You get these speakers when buying a closed-back Mesa Recto Cab equipped with V30s, but you can also order them through Mesa Boogie web site : https://store.mesaboogie.com/categories/shop/speakers.html

Mesa/Boogie store : V30 UK made to Mesa specs

This cab is really excellent in the room but can be a little bit complicated to mic : there is a lot of treble and aggressivity with distorted tone at the dust cap positions, and best positions are -IMHO- when moving a little bit away from the dust cap : in my codification that would be the -P12 and -P15 positions.

You can also check the official Mesa IRs available on Two-Notes Torpedo hardware and Wall-of-Sound : the Recto 212 IRs are simply excellent. Check official Mesa packs here (requires Torpedo Wall of Sound or Torpedo hardware) : https://store.two-notes.com/fr/56-mesa-boogie.

  • Check the IR positions explanation here (microphone placement) : https://overdriven.fr/overdriven/index.php/irdownloads/  and here : https://overdriven.fr/overdriven/index.php/2020/07/30/home-studio-upgrade-and-2nd-gen-irs/ 
  • The preamp used is the “SSP1” (solid state preamp).
  • Mesa/Boogie® Recto® 212 cabinet read-loaded with two Celestion® V30, 16 ohms. The collection name is “Calif R212”
  • 5 dynamic mics, 2 ribbon mics, 1 condenser mic, 146 IR files in WAV 44 kHz format
  • 8 microphones :
    • CND-2020
    • DYN-57
    • DYN-7B
    • DYN-CN-7
    • DYN-906
    • RBN-CN-1
    • RBN-CN-2
    • DYN-AT-2
  • Recorded in home studio conditions
  • Recorded with a KT88 power amp section only
  • EQ’ed versions are provided, for less scooped/more balanced options :
    • -EQ : LPF to lower brightness at recording time
    • -EQ2 and -EQ3 : boosted mids , with suffix -2 and -3 referring to different EQ settings
  • Check OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P09-200.wav and OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P10-200.wav for a tone that is close to the “in-the-room” feel, check OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-xx for balanced tone. Pay attention to SM57 and other dynamic mic IRs with P05 to P10 : they are very bright, so dial the gain down and lower your presence/treble when using these positions, else they will sound very harsh.
  • If you like heavily scooped tone with massive low-end, check DYN-AT-2
  • My best settings under Nadir for standalone playing:
    • adjust delay to 0.27, 0.32 or 1.27 ms, phase reversed
    • set a LPF at 10 kHz or lower (7,5 kHz)

Samples

A few sample with IRs loaded under Nadir. Signal chain : Fishman Fluence modern, precision drive, Dark Terror, Torpedo Reload, Nadir under Logic Pro X.

Remarks

Overdriven.fr is not affiliated with the brands mentioned on this page. These products and brand names are listed here to describe the hardware used for impulse capture. All brands belong to their respective owners. Check the legal disclaimer here : https://overdriven.fr/overdriven/index.php/about/ 

Download link

You can download the IR files from this page : https://overdriven.fr/overdriven/index.php/download/overdriven-calif-r212-v30-ssp1-kt88/

Change log

  • May 2, 2021 : initial publication
  • May 6, 2021 : added samples
  • May 11, 2021 : updated collection to version 1.1, with DYN-AT-2 and additional positions
  • May 28, 2021 : typos corrections

IR Files

This collection contains the following mics and IR files :

  • CND-2020
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P20-50.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P10-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P12-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P20-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P10-50.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P12-50.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P09-50.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P15-50.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P05-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P09-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-CND-2020-P15-30.wav
  • DYN-57
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P21-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P19-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P09-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P19-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P21-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P09-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P17-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P19-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P21-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P21-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P09-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P20-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00-EQ.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P12-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P10-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P19-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-57-P15-20.wav
  • DYN-7B
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P15-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P20-10-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P20-30-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P09-30-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P10-30-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P09-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P10-10-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P10-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P20-30-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P09-10-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P20-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P10-30-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P09-30-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-30-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P15-30-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P20-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-30-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P15-30-EQ3-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P15-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P12-10-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P15-10-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P10-10.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-7B-P09-30.wav
  • DYN-906
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P20-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P19-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P15-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P12-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P15-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P10-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P21-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P09-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P05-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P20-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P20-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P10-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P21-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P10-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P15-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P12-00-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P20-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P12-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P15-00-EQ2-3.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P19-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P20-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P09-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P10-00-HFTILT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P12-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P12-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P15-00-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-906-P10-00.wav
  • DYN-CN-7
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P20-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P05-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P17-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P09-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P19-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P15-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P15-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P10-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P19-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P09-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P05-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P15-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P10-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P12-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P05-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P12-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P09-00.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P10-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P20-30.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-CN-7-P20-20.wav
  • RBN-CN-1
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-ROOM.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P05-170.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P10-140.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P05-240-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P05-170-EQ3-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P10-170.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-ROOM-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P05-170-EQ2-2.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-1-P05-240.wav
  • RBN-CN-2
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-150.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-80.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P15-200.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-80-LCUT.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P20-200.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-120.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-170.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P10-200.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P00-200.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-RBN-CN-2-P09-200.wav
  • DYN-AT-2
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P12-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P09-40.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P05-40.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P10-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P20-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P10-20.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P15-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P19-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P10-40.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P05-60.wav
    • OD-R212-V30-DYN-AT-2-P09-60.wav