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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

I've been using Guitar Rig 4 for a year or two, and it's a fairly useful toy for a bedroom guitarist. Currently, I use a Behringer UCG102 USB interface, which has a guitar in and headphone out. When ...
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Can you play two guitars through the same amp?

I'm starting teaching guitar more seriously now and was wondering if there was some sort of setup you could do where you can play two guitars through the same amp. I want to play along with my ...
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Using an electric bass guitar with a guitar amp / hi-fi system?

I understand that you should use an amp that was meant to be used with your instrument, but sometimes maybe you just don't have the money, or your amp is not around when you need it, or for whatever ...
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How does The Talkbox work?

Beck started using this in the early 70's - they called it The Bag for a hot minute (as did Stevie Wonder) - Frampton's career came alive when he started using it - how does it work?
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Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?

I have a Blackstar HT5 tube amp and I like to use a Boss DS1 with the clean channel for the heavy stuff (Zeppelin to Nirvana, these are very different I know). Is this considered a good idea, or ...
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Where to apply my effects pedal?

I've got a marshall valvestate 2000 AVT150H. The amp has 4 channels. An acoustic simulator, clean, O.D.1 and O.D. 2; and built into the amp you can hit effects for the 4 channels, there are several ...
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Amp picking up radio stations

When I plug my combo practice amp into a normal wall outlet I pick up a local public radio station, just loud enough to be annoying. The only way I've found to reduce it is to plug it into a UPS or ...
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No sound is coming to focusrite scarlett 2i2 when connected to emulated output of amp

Recently I bought a Blackstar Series One 10 AE tube amp. I was trying to connect the amp's speaker emulated output to the input of my Focusrite 2i2 (1st gen), which goes to FL Studio 20 as a track ...
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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?

I think this would be a wonderfully instructive question to people who are new to tube amplifiers. In short, how do I know that it's time to change a tube, and what's a good strategy for figuring out ...
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Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?

Is it just a cultural thing ("they've always sounded that way") or is there some basis in music theory for this?
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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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How to predict the loudness of an amp based on description

Related question: Is there an amp power formula? When I look at amps in a shop or online, I ask myself what the amp is suitable for: Can it be played quietly enough for home use without disturbing ...
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What changes in the amp when I adjust its presence?

The tone controls on a guitar amp are pretty obvious, but what does the presence knob affect? It's a subtle effect but can sure make or break a sound. It doesn't seem to be treble or midrange boost, ...
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Is it possible to plug one guitar into two amps?

I'm thinking of taking a y cable splitter from my electric guitar to two practice amps. Is that going to work?
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What should I look for in a ukulele amp

I bought an electric ukulele and now I need an amp for it. What should I be looking for? Is there any uke specific things that are particular to this kind of amp? Would a regular guitar amp work just ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system

I'm a fairly novice techie, and I'm setting up a rig for a big musical production, with the help of some others, and we are thinking about close micing a guitar amp for the pit band, as opposed to ...
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Why do people place speaker cabinets or combo amps on top of things?

In a lot of gigs I've played, I have noticed that they have placed the amplifier speaker cab (usually just the bass amp) on top of a chair or a stool or something, so as not to be on the ground. What ...
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Choosing a guitar cabinet

I have settled on the amplifier head to buy for my guitar, but I am not sure of the cabinet yet. I know that there are open-back vs closed-back options, and I assume that the quality of the speaker ...
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Reduce a tube amp power or volume

I just bought a Bugera 333XL-212 Titanium (combo, 120 Watts) which is awesome for small venues but is really too loud for practising at home. I can't set the master volume to more than 1 without ...
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Incorporate guitar amp in my bass rig?

I have a Hartke 30w bass amplifier with preamp-out and speaker-in jacks. It has a decent tone and plenty of bottom and head-room for the space (small theatre). But I also have a new Vox vt20x (20w) ...
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How to buy the "right" power attenuator for a tube amplifier?

I want to get a tube amplifier, but the tube amplifiers I fancy are generally at least 22W. I live in an apartment with thin walls, so I have to get it down to conversation/TV volume. This brings me ...
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Bass effects through guitar amp

I have often heard that you should never plug a bass guitar into a standard guitar amp. Granted it's not going to sound its best but it can supposedly be detrimental to the amp or speakers. I've heard ...
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Can playing an amp at minimum volumes (<1%) be harmful to it?

I have Peavey Vypyr VIP 2. It's a solid-state 40w amplifier. I don't own any lower power amps, so I use it at my apartment for practicing. It does have a headphone output, but I wanted to know if ...
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Is there an amp power formula?

I'm looking to buy a new amp for my keyboards, and I was wondering if there's a formula I can use to help me calculate some of the objective specs I should look for. Something along the lines of: I ...
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How to connect a 16 ohm and an 8 ohm cabinet to the same amp head

I just brought home a Peavey JSX 4x12 cabinet and realized that it's 16 ohms while my other cabinet (Marshall 4x12) is 8 ohms. The JSX has two jacks in parallel for chaining while the Marshall has a ...
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Can you use any footswitch on any amplifier?

For example, if I have an amplifier that comes with a 4-button footswitch (2 cables for this footswitch), can I use just any footswitch in the store with 2 buttons (1 cable) and just plug 2 2-button ...
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What do I need for my condenser microphone to work correctly?

Now, I do know this question had been asked a thousand times, but I do have other questions along with it, so here it goes. Couple of months ago I've bought a condenser microphone which I am intending ...
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What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?

I have a JVM 410H - Using mainly the OD1 channel with Gain at 3 0'clock. I have two noise gates, an ISP Decimator and a Boss NS-2. I have these pedals: ISP Decimator Boss NS-2 Boss Chorus Phaser ...
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How can I set up the equipment I have so I can play the guitar with a backing track (laptop) and using headphones?

I have a guitar, two amps, a pedal and a pair of headphones. My target is to somehow set these devices up in a way that would allow me to play the guitar along with a backing track coming from a ...
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Do I need an effects loop in a bass amp?

I understand how an amplifier effects loop works and why it’s useful. It’s a good place for modulation and timing effects. But is it essential? I primarily play electric bass in rock and blues styles....
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Cannot get rid of pedal / amp noise (Hiss) [duplicate]

I have a Marshall JVM 410H. I have the following pedals setup: For the front of the amp I have: Guitar > Compressor Sustainer > Chorus > AMP (input) In the effects loop I have: Isp decimator --> ...
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Using a microphone through a guitar amplifier

I'm going to buy a Shure microphone SM58 type but I only have an old Peavey amplifier. The plugs are different. How should I do then to use my microphones, do I need a converter or to buy a new ...
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Direct recording an amp head with my audio interface

I have a question about direct recording my amp head. I have a Micro Dark Terror right now and the manual says : " If the Phones jack is not in use, a suitable speaker cabinet must be connected at all ...
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Guitar Amp Producing White Noise when Cable is Plugged in?

I just bought a guitar amp (Blackstar ID Core 40W) and I'm trying to figure out if I should be concerned about some white noise being emitted while a cable is plugged in. When the amp is on and no ...
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New to electric guitar, need help with amp settings

I am new to electric guitar, though I've played acoustic. I have the Zar E20R amplifier and I am struggling to get certain styles I want. I'm attempting to get a distorted rock sound. Any tips?
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Producing Natural Sound with Electric Double Bass [duplicate]

I'm looking into buying a double bass and have been considering an electric. I know this is similar to a previous question, how do i make an electric upright bass sound more standard, but I'm asking ...
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What type(s) of equipment is needed for real-time distortion / tone modulation on an electric guitar?

My goal is to play Seven Nation Army (Glitch Mob Remix) on my electric guitar. I am pretty much a beginner. I don't even have an amplifier for my guitar yet (just practicing acoustic). But the good ...
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