Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Chaining amplifiers together

I just bought an Ampeg B5R head and I'm curious about how to combine this with my Ampeg V4. I want to use both amps to get more volume. Both amps have the "POWER AMP INPUT" and "PREAMP OUTPUT" ...
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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 ...
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Loop pedal volume in effects loop not controlled by amp volume controls

I have an Orange Rocker 15 amplifier that has a buffered effects loop. I also have a TC Electronics Ditto looper pedal. When I have the looper pedal in the effects loop and have it playing the ...
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Practice with amp sims

A while back when I was dorming in college, I remember having to do most of my practicing through my laptop and freeware amp sims because amplifiers were banned from the dorms. The latency on my ...
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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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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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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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Can I use a sound reinforcement (PA) amp with guitar cabinets?

I have separate power- and pre- amplifiers, and frankly, I am getting a little annoyed at my current poweramp. My main complaint being that it is underpowered for my cabinet, and overpriced for ...
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Bass guitar amp power socket issues

I have a rather unusual question. I have a Fender Affinity Jazz Bass starter kit and it comes with a 15W amp - "Rumble 15 Bass Combo Amp". I also have a cat in the house, and every time I don't cover ...
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Buying a guitar amplifier from another country

A while back (before stackexchange) I read that it's not recommended to buy an amplifier from a country with different electricity (110v 50hz vs 220 60hz) because the circuits will create a different ...
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Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp

A Gainclone chip amp makes for a nice benchmark/monitor amp. How can I add controllable even order harmonic distortion to one?
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Fender rumble 25 amp pops loud

When my fender rumble 25 combo amp is turned on and I then plug my bass or my son's guitar into the input jack, there is a LOUD pop. Then everything sounds fine as I/him plays. Likewise when we ...
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What is a buffered effects loop in a guitar amp?

I've just purchased an Orange Rocker 15 combo valve guitar amp and one of its features is a valve driven effects loop also referred to as a buffered effects loop. What does this actually mean? I'...
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Why are my notes sounding so distinct and separate when I'm trying to play the Godfather theme on guitar?

I have a Stratocaster and I'm playing the Godfather theme by Slash on it. I hit the notes right and I'm doing all the slides and vibratos. However, you know how the entire theme just flows when slash ...
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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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Changing amp tubes

I currently have a custom built amp which have 6V6 tubes. I think the sound is sooooo sweet that every time I plug in my Strat, my body starts to shiver :). However, recently, I bought an Ibanez JEM7V ...
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How to modify Trace-Elliot Velocette amp to make it more suitable for use with bass?

I have a Trace-Elliot Velocette that I'm very satisfied with. This amp works very good also for recording bass, but the low notes will be much less sturdy when recording through this amp than if I ...
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What equipment and setup do I need to be able to hear both my vocals and guitar through headphones while playing?

I'm moving into an apartment after playing acoustic guitar in a house for the past year and starting to learn to sing; I now have to be a little more quiet. I want to play an electric guitar and hear ...
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should I buy an amplifier or monitor PA for my electro acoustic guitar? [closed]

I have an Epiphone Masterbuilt, which has eSonic2™ preamp system, I was wondering if I should buy an amplifier or a monitor (PA system)... Thank you!
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Is my amplifier badly grounded?

Today I noticed that if I touch both the guitar strings (while connected to the amplifier) and the metallic radiator in my room, I can feel a current flowing (nothing too strong). Does this mean the ...
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keeping tube amps in optimal condition

Over the holidays I acquired my first tube amplifier, a VOX VT20X. I'm not really sure whats required to keep a tube amp sounding its best for as long as possible or if they even require special ...
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How to improve 1/4 plug connection on hybrid -XLR jacks

I got a Mackie SRM150 for stage monitoring but I'm having problems getting a good connection in the hybrid-XLR jacks on the front with a 1/4 inch jack guitar cable. Even when it feels like it's firmly ...
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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 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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How to get a super short guitar strap?

I have a roland microcube and I can't find a replacement for it's broken strap. I'm trying to find some kind of a short strap that would be suitable for use with this amp as on the image. Any idea? ...
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Tube screamer 808 with an ENGL Screamer 50W amp

As an Andy Timmon's huge fan I try to get my guitar tone to sound similar to his. In one of his videos I saw that he uses the Ibanez ts808 tube screamer pedal. I own an ENGL 50W screamer amp which ...
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Connecting bass to a laptop

I'm learning the bass by myself and have been at it for 2 weeks now. I've been using the VOX AP2BS bass amp that goes directly into my headphones. However, I think it'll be more convenient if I can ...
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How to set pre-amp to avoid noise?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. Since I could not find any acoustic multi-effect processor which has no pre-amp integrated in it (which is also something I do not get), I now got a Trace Elliot ...
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USB sound card's microphone does not pick up anything from amplifier

So here's my setup right now. My electric guitar is connected to my amplifier using the standard 1/4" jack cord. The amplifier has a 1/4" headphone socket at the back, and I connected it to a USB ...
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Hum from amp when strings left open

I've started playing bass using an old one my father owned. It has not been serviced for ages as far as I know. I've plugged it in to a new Vox Pathfinder practice amp with a new cable. I notice that ...
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Phantom Power supply or usb audio interface?

I recently just purchased a new condenser microphone . I wasn't sure if I should just buy the Nady SMPS 1 channel power supply or just save up and just get a usb audio interface ?
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Does an FX loop send have the same output volume as the input?

I play an active bass (Peavey Cirrus) and have recently rediscovered my envelope filter (DigiTech Bass Synth Wah X-series). I've been wanting to incorporate it in my sound again but I remember from ...
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Yamaha A-07 amplifier [closed]

Does anyone know why the Yamaha A-07 natural sound amplifier has 180watts written on the back but all the models being sold are quoting the watts as 30watts per channel. what is the wattage value so ...
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Amplifier set-up for electric bass if I will pretty much only use headphones [closed]

I recently moved into an apartment, and gave my old amps to a family member. The apartment has thin walls, so I will almost always be wearing headphones while practicing. I mainly play bass, but may ...
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Crate amp-pedal question

I recently bought a Crate G130C XL used, but it did not come with any pedals. I tried looking at the manual, but it’s only 5 pages and did not seem to specify which type I need. From what I can gather,...
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Multieffects pedals- Do companies pay royalties to original pedal makers? [closed]

When looking into the effects list of multi-effect pedals (ex: Boss Gt6, Zoom ms50g...), the manual clearly identifies the effects that the original pedals were modeled from. And recent multi-effect ...
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Extra speaker for combo amp?

Is it okay to hook up an additional 112 speaker directly to my 110 speaker combo amp? Will it damage the amplifier by adding an additional speaker? It's not wired for another output, no external ...
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Distortion effects pedal to amp

I have a blackstar ht-5r combo amp..... Would I get a clearer sound using the effects loop with my distortion effects pedal compared to plugging pedal into front amp input then using clean channel? ...
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Can you play an electric guitar trough a acoustic amp?

One of my guitar teachers is strictly classical. I know he owns an acoustic amp. Im thinking of buying one of those gretsch hollow-body guitars and lending it to him, will he be able to play it trough ...
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Speaker impedance: rewiring four 8 Ω speakers for use with 8 Ω amp output

OK, so I always experiment in my studio. Six amps, multiple speaker cabs, but I have a new question and need help. Most of my amps are 8 Ω output, but some have ext speaker jack in which they convert ...
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Avoiding small, beginner amp problems

I just started playing around with a Fender Frontman 10 W amplifier and I find it hard to use consistently. First, the biggest annoyance is the constant hum and static. I've read that the static ...
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Overdrive pedal in an acoustic amp

I have the Fender Acoustasonic 15 amp and I'm wondering whether I can plug in any overdrive/distortion pedal so that when I'm playing my Fender AmSTD it sounds decent.
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Effects of keeping an amplifier in the car

While it seems like it's probably best not to expose anything to extreme climates, will keeping a guitar/bass amplifier in a car for a day, in either hot or cold climates, have any short-term effects ...
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Question about guitar amp footswitch compatibility

I'm having the hardest time finding the correct footswitch for my amp. I have and old Peavy Studio Pro 112 combo (Red Stripe) and it has a remote switch jack in the back. I've found two that I think ...
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How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?

How do I get Zacky Vengeance's sound on my SG Special electric guitar? The sound I would like to get is from Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King".
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Can powered on amp die from changing equipment?

I recently got some pedals and was playing around with them the other night. I had them plugged into a 12-13 year old Fender Frontman 15 (small solid state combo amp). I decided I wanted to change the ...
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Carpet under guitar amp or on floor

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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Setup for multiple sources

Say I have the following sources: Electric guitar (Fender Deluxe '72) through guitar head (HoTone Nano) Keyboard (Korg SV1) Laptop through bluetooth (Belkin receiver), playing all sorts of poor ...
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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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B string vibrating automatically

I use Fender cc60-sce semi-acoustc guitar and Vox mini 5 rhythm amplifier .The amp has 3 modes 0.1W,1.5W and 5W.When I switch to 1.5 W or 5W my guitar's B string starts vibrating rapidly and makes a ...