I’m considering using bias fx through an iPad for live performance and was wondering about running it through a PA system. I don’t have any high quality amps, and I’ve been really loving the tones of bias through my headphones - so was wondering how close to these I can get running direct into a PA system from my iPad? In theory, if I like the tones of bias fx and the amp sims it provides, does that mean I could go without an amp ever again?


Yes you can. I have used Bias FX and garage band live with my iPad. I used it for small setups when I didn’t feel my full pedal board and amp was worth hauling for such a small gig. It works. The drawback is battery life of course.

  • How do you find it compares sonically to your pedal board, or even to how it sounds through headphones vs PA?
    – Numpy
    Dec 19 '20 at 11:53
  • @Numpy it’s not the exact same sound of my pedals, of course, but it sounds the same through the PA as a microphone on an amp would. The sound will be the same difference as listening to an mp3 with headphone vs a PA. Dec 19 '20 at 18:09

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