Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Is it possible to create an effects loop with an amp that does not have send and return, with a mixer?

I have an amp that just has a guitar input and a headphone output. I also have a mixer with send/return inputs and outputs. Is it possible to simulate a traditional effects loop (where the amp has ...
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Electric guitar amplifier works with headphones but not without

So the problem is whenever I plug my headphones into the amplifier, I can hear the sound amplified but if I unplugged the headphones, the amplifier does not release any sound. What could be the cause ...
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How to record directly from H&K guitar amp that has no DI output?

I want to record my amp directly to my computer. I have the sound I want and I don't want to mic it. I have a H&K switchblade 100 but it has no line out. It has a midi "in" and "thru" ports. Can I ...
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Why do people use a microphone to record an electric guitar

I'm looking to start getting into recording - electric guitar specifically. Although I've noticed people place a microphone in front of the amp's speaker. Wouldn't it be easier to use a male to male ...
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Guitar amplifier speaker replacement - different connector size

I want to change the speaker on my Bugera v5 Infinium amp. The current speaker (a Turbosound) is apparently not too bad compared to the one used on the previous model of the V5, but I've found it ...
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How to make good palm mute distortion sound?

How to make a good palm mute sound, like in heavy metal? If I palm mute my guitar, the only sound can be heard is the bass and less distortion. If I change my amplifier to a overdrive pedal, will it ...
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Preamp Valve gone in 'hissing' amp?

Roughly 3 years ago, I purchased a VHT Special 6 Ultra (Combo) Valve Amp. It has recently been 'hissing' (not sure if this is the correct description), and this noise increases with higher wattage and ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Amplifier settings for rock or blues?

How can I learn to dial in the sounds I want on my amp? I like blues and rock, and I like the sounds used by the bands Muse and Skillet, for example. My amp has two level knobs, a gain knob, a master ...
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Entry level guitar amp, as a gig amp for hobbyist

Is it a very bad idea to use an entry-level 15W rms guitar amp (mini-cubes i.e. amp+cabinet combo, which otherwise is quiteloud), for as a small gig-amp into which one uses a passive 4-channel mono ...
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Acoustic Guitar in the Live Mix

I play acoustic guitar in a band with drums, electric bass, and electric guitar. I'm often told that I need to switch to electric because nobody can hear my guitar However, I like the sound of ...
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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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Marshall G100RCD

I was wondering if I could use the Marshall five way foot switch with my Marshall G100RCD? I was going to get the standard pedal, but thought about the five way instead.
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Making electric guitar sound like semi acoustic

I've recently bought an electric guitar and I'm wondering can I make my electric guitar sound like a semi acoustic one... What should my amp settings be. Any help is much appreciated :)
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Should I connect my multi-effects pedal to PA or Amp?

I bought the Line 6 Firehawk FX, it's a multi-effects pedal which also has amp-modelling in it. So it can process the signal as if it runs through many pedals and then some well-known amp. Then, in ...
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Crackles when recording guitar amp line out into PC

I am having problems recording into my laptop. Here's my setup: Guitar into Vox Pathfinder 15R Amp line-out into PC audio, via 1/4"-1/8" adapter. Recording with Audacity on laptop. Unfortunately ...
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How to properly connect my PC's external audio interface to my combo bass amp?

I want to modify my sound with VST before sending it to my amplifier. My audio interface is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and my amp is the Ampeg BA108. So it will look like this: Bass -> Audio ...
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Sound not coming through amp

I was playing my guitar earlier today, everything working fine; sound coming through the amp and all. I bought new strings strings and changed them out today and moved the guitar and amp into to a ...
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Where do I start in choosing a speaker?

I have just bought a Vox Pathfinder 15R and would like to upgrade the speaker. There's a video on YouTube where someone has built a new combo using a 12" speaker. My question is, where do I start in ...
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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

If you played both a strictly acoustic classical guitar, an electric guitar (say a strat), and also a keyboard (I play an upright piano now, but I'll be getting a keyboard when I move), and you want ...
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Trying to get sound from two amps through two headphones

I've got a guitar and a bass with separate amps. I want to be able to get sound from both amps into two pairs of headphones. But I can't even get the sound from one amp into two headphones. When I ...
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how to use a headphone with a D.I. output?

I have a fishman loundbox mini amp but it doesn't have a headphones output and only has a mic level D.I. output. I'm happy with the amp but would like to monitor my singing and guitar. What should I ...
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amplifier storage highest temperature?

What is the highest temperature I can store an amplifier in without causing it damage. The room is dry but can reach temperatures of 40°C +.
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Put a monitor on top my amp

I'm currently making an home studio, I don't have all that much space and I want everything as efficient as possible. I was wondering that if i put my "sansui au 3900" in the middle of my desk and ...
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can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock?

I have started playing 1 week ago. I don't understand how to completely set my amp. Can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock? I use blackstar id core 10. I use blackstar's amp software for amp ...
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Would adding delay after the loadbox make it the same as if adding it in the effects loop?

The signal chain would be Guitar --> Tube Amp --> Loadbox+Cabsim-Line Out --> Delay Pedal --> Powered studio monitors Normally if the amp had an effects loop everything would be the same except ...
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Does a good amp have to be heavy?

In my (pretty limited) experience, electric guitar amps seem to get heavier as they get more expensive... is this a general rule and if so, why? What makes even a relatively small amp (like a 50W $...
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Is it better to turn volume regulators to mute for unused headphone amplifier channels?

I am using headphone amplifier ART Headamp 4. It has four output channels (could support four independent headsets at time) but we only need two. Each channel has separate volume regulator and ...
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Could a good sound be had from small output amps?

I'm wondering if it is OK to instead of having your guitar go through a high wattage amp that fills the arena up by itself rather have a small tube amp set to full blast and then maybe set it up and ...
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One amplifier, two different instruments

I have a keyboard and a Tagima Dallas guitar. I want to buy an amplifier, but just one. I have been advised that an amplifier for a guitar is not good for a keyboard, and the same about a keyboard one ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

I've been learning how to master songs with a few tutorials and I've stumbled upon various plugin categories I'd like to be able to distinguish a bit better. Many of those tutorials recommend to use ...
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Getting a Clean Sound with a Vox VT20

I've bought a Vox VT20 and while it's great, I'm having a hard time trying to get the cleanest sound possible. So far, I've found that the only way to do this is by turning on the tuner, but having ...
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How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...
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Guitar amp distorts after being cranked

I have a single channel combo amp. By turning the "volume" (preamp stage) up to about 5, I used to have a great clean tone with just a touch of distortion on the peaks. One night at a show, somebody ...
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Is it safe to use distortion or overdrive with an acoustic amp?

I'm running an acoustic/electric guitar into a small Fishman acoustic amp, and need a little boost sometimes. I've considered using an overdrive pedal I have, but I want to make sure it's okay to do ...
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How do I troubleshoot guitar speakers?

I have an old school (like 1970) Jarguar (yes with the "r") cabinet with Marshall Loudspeaker speakers. I cannot find any information about these speakers or the cabinet at all on the internet. I ...
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How can I keep my amp from buzzing?

Why does my amp (which is a very expensive, high-quality stage amp) keep buzzing and how can I make it stop? Other than the buzzing, it sounds and works great. It's a Vai Legacy stage amp. It is a few ...
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How much difference does the guitar make when recording with a modeler?

I am learning and experimenting with Maschine Mk2, a MIDI Keyboard, and Komplete 9 for my pursuit of making music, a very EDM/DAW approach. When I got Komplete, although it came with Guitar Rig 5 and ...
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What to look for in a bass amp for extended range bass guitars?

I was doing some research on extended range bass guitars and it seems like there's not really any amp/cab than can handle the F#0 of a 7-string bass guitar particularly well. Be that as it may, it ...
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Is it mandatory as an electric guitarist to get obsessed with kit?

I'm pretty new to playing electric but quite enjoy it - except that guitarists all seem obsessed with their kit, spending untold hours twiddling, customising their amps, dreaming of new pedals... I ...
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Can it be wrong to use a series resistor in a 2x12 cabinet to have matching impedances?

I made a wood frame for 2 speakers, intending to create my own 2x12 cabinet, but now i realised my speakers are 8Ohm and 4Ohm, they don't match, meaning i would get a weird value when matching them. ...
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Can you use a Marshall single channel footswitch with a MG102FX 4-channel amp?

I have a four-channel MG102FX amp. Will a single-channel pedal work with it? Both are Marshall. Help, please! I just want to be able to go from clean to distortion.
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Can someone explain to me how to get my guitar pickup to work on speakers?

I have a decent set of speakers for regular music from my iPod. Something like this one above Today I bought a pickup for my classical guitar that you basically tape it next to the bridge and its ...
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Clean Amp + Distortion pedal vs Distortion from amp?

How does it compare using a distorting amp - say an Orange AD30 or similar - to a clean amp with separate distortion/overdrive/etc effects? I generally prefer an amp with a little "bite" to it but ...
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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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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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What tonal differences are there between 1 x 12 and 2 x 12 cabinets?

What tonal differences can I expect between a 1 x 12 cabinet and 2 x 12 cabinet when using the same amp and same type of speaker? Does changing how the 2 x 12 cab is wired (series vs parallel) affect ...
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Using an 8 Ohm amplifier output with a 16 Ohm cabinet

My amp's highest output is 8 Ohm and the only cab I have right now is a 2 x 12 wired in series (I think), which is additive making it 16 Ohm (again, I think - Correct me if I'm wrong). The manual for ...
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How do you identify a good amplifier?

I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

I have trouble figuring out my guitar amplifier's equalizer settings, how does one know what the different knobs (bass, treble, mid, overdrive) do to derive a desired rock sound/feel?