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For practicing at home, should I buy an audio interface (focusrite 2i2) with a headphone or should I buy a cheap amplifier like the roland micro cube gx?

Can the 2i2 model handle the electric guitar signal? Can the roland amplifier be used for playing heavy metal? And finally, is there any other suggestions that you have?

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I'd suggest not to buy an interface, if the objective is just to practice at home. You'll need a proper DAW, to get decent AMP simulations. E.g. I use Logic Pro X's amp models when I use my Scarlett 2i2 to record stuffs. If you're on Mac, you can try out garage-band too, which is free. But I never tried the amp models in it. An interface becomes essential if you're serious about recording and music production.

As far as my experience goes, Roland isn't suited for heavy metal. I bought a Roland Cube 40 last year. But even the extreme preset tone was pretty anemic for heavy metal, so I sold it. I'd rather suggest Fender Mustang I/II if you're on a tight budget. Although my Mustang II broke after 2 years of usage (that's when I bought Roland, but alas...). Ultimately, it's better if you go to a music shop and try out different amps, as what might work for me, might not work for you.

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*I agree with the previous answer and would like to add on more reasons for a small amp. First off, amp makers have taken to the DAW consideration and in the past ten yrs. the prices have been very affordable somewhat. Also the little extra it takes to set up a mic., is surely worth it in many a pros taste. Amp modeling has come far but still seems a little too static, or dry, just not quite there yet. Plus these little rec. and/or practice amps are more then powerful enough to play most intermediate gigs, and if more is needed then it is simply driven maybe using a good pre and properly miced up for the requirements. So, in a sense , you're killing two birds with one stone;( My apologies to the bird Lovers ). Long gone are the days when stacks of Marshalls lined the stage. It's quality over quantity and one more quote that " you can have your cake and eat it too." Even if you're not hungry. Good Luck, TOMMY.....

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