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I've seen a lot of carpets in studio and live sessions. Sometimes there are on the floor and sometimes directly under guitar amp. What's their purpose?

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Bare floors can cause extra reflection of sound, sometimes causing unwanted reverb or reinforcement of high frequencies. The carpets mute the reflective surface.

An amp sitting on a hard surface may produce some vibration between the feet and the surface, so a carpet can help with that. They also slide around more, so if you bump them they may skid, or in the case of tilt-back like the photo, fall over. Also, if the metal feet or corners have scratches in the metal, they can leave marks or scratches on unprotected wood floors.

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    They also reduce the sound of big clompy boots, if the guitarist forgot to wear soft trainers. – Tetsujin May 1 '17 at 7:16

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