Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Potential Tube Amp Issue

So, I cocked up today. I recently moved house and dragged out my amp head and cab today, hooked everything up and was jamming away to check it all still worked fine. Sounded a little odd, but I put ...
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Guitar amp fender 15B

How do I get distortion on my fender 15B amp if it doesn't have a distortion switch or a button? I have tried using existing knobs but just cant get the rock sound I'm after.
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Why does my amp sound better when I am not standing directly in front of it?

I recently got a JCM800 2203x amplifier and the thing is killer. I'm one of the lucky people who has a practice space where they can crank it to 10 and hear that beautiful power tube distortion! The ...
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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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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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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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Weird sound playing on an backing track in A

I have a hard time figuring out what is wrong with my playing when trying some impro stuff in blues. I am fairly new to playing guitar on a more serious level now. Just started with blues because I ...
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16 Ohm Bugera Tube Head into 8 ohm cab. Is it dangerous?

recently a technician of a guitar shop told me I will have a clear sound selecting 16 Ohm on the head and using a 8 Ohms cab. After little bit of researches, I decide to ask here. (because you guys ...
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Can i plug my guitar combo to my audio interface, then monitor the sound?

My amp is marshall valvestate 100 (combo with 1 valve) and i would like to record the guitar with my audio interface, though without using mic. My idea is to plug the guitar to Marshall, than ...
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How to get the best signal through several amplifiers?

I have an audio source with internal amplifier. Should I max out its amplification, or keep it around middle, or as silent as possible, before feeding it to another amplifier?
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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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Amplification issues

My V50 Crate amp has developed a problem...the clean channel has stopped working and the OD channel is not sounding quite as it should. I have noticed that one of the 6L6GC valves has a small piece ...
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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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What would I need to get percussive sounds out of my acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a while, but I don't have much experience with electronics or amplification. I have an acoustic electric guitar that I believe has an under saddle piezo pickup. I'm ...
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How can I play with an amp simulator through cubase?

I recently bought an Alesis iO2 Express recording.. thingy. It came with Cubase 5. I downloaded and installed some amp simulators into the software. Currently I can only figure out how to apply the ...
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How can I connect speakers to my POD 2.0 and get a good sound?

I like to practice at home with my electric guitar, but I have to keep the volume low, so I usually use headphones connected to my P.O.D. 2.0 guitar direct box. But sometimes I'd prefer to use ...
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Information about selling my guitars [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I assess the value of a guitar when I'm preparing to sell it? So I have three guitars that I want to sell. After this, I want to buy a pretty nice acoustic to start ...
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Tube amplifier buzzing

I'm having some issues with buzzing coming the amplifier. When I turn the amp on I get a buzzing noise from the speaker. I've found that it's related to the TV in the next room, when this is turned ...
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Help/Question about Microphone / Phantom power and audio interface

Just a quick short question, I have a USB audio interface (emu0202) which plugs into my pc but of course, the interface (emu0202) isn't 'Phantom Power' capable, So I wanted to know if it's possible ...
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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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Gibson skylark amp hum/buzz

I have a Gibson skylark amp that has a very loud hum even when nothing is plugged into it. Turn the volume to half and the speaker actually vibrates like crazy. A noise gate doesn’t do much for it. ...
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How to rewire my cabinet properly

You are the proud owner of 2 tube amps. One has mono outputs for 16 and 8 Ohms, and the other has mono outputs for 4 and 8 Ohms. You are also the proud owner of an Orange PPC212, which has 2 mono ...
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humming (noise) due to guitar or amplifier

so when i power on my line6 spider 30W amp without any inputs then even if I turn the master volume max there is no noise. but when i connect my guitar there is noise... but again if i turn my guitar ...
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Yet another acoustic amp question

Can I safely and effectively use my small Vox MINI5RCL Battery Powered Amplifier, Classic, 5W, 1 x 6.5" for an acoustic-electric guitar or should I really buy like the Yamaha desk acoustic amp? I've ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Bolt 100 watt amp making a phaser noise

My Bolt amp is making this wierd noise. Sounds like a flanger or phaser when pushed hard with my OD pedals. I have never heard this noise before in any amp. Could it be the Phase Inverter tube? The ...
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Using AXE-FX II multi-fx without bypassing Mesa Boogie's pre-amp

I recently bought the Fractal Instrument AXE FX II and the Mesa Boogie JP2C amp. Currently I plug my guitar into the AXE FX's front Instrument socket and connect its Output Unbalanced (L) to the ...
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Amp setting to have a longer lasting bend sound or sound ringing at all?

I have a Boss Katana 50 amp and am fairly new to equipment setup for e-guitars. As I am learning "Maggot Head" from Funkadelic I have a lot of slow bends that do not have a lot of density on my ...
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75w Ampeg tube amp with 16 ohm output jacks

I have 2 15" Altec 421A 8 ohm speaker cabinets but would like to also use an 18" EV speaker also. The Ampeg amp has 2 16 ohm speaker output jacks. How would I hook them up or should I use the 2 8ohm ...
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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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Looper routing ideas?

I need a little help with routing lines and looper I need to get this setup: the input (it's a hurdygurdy put doesn't matter) goes via a on/off pedal to the looper and then to the loop monitor (a ...
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Why does an open guitar cable buzz or hum?

If I have a guitar plugged into an amp and I remove the cable from the guitar I get a buzz or hum. Why is this? Shouldn't the amp be quiet since the circuit is open and supposedly "off"?
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How can I send an output to a PA from my combo practice amp?

This is long I play in a church choir . I have bough a combo practice amp (VOX PathFinder)to use as a monitor which is placed in front of me. I assumed i would give the output from the combo amp to ...
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Strange issue with my amp head

I'm a relative noob. So please excuse me if my information is insufficient. Amp head: Peavey 6505 mini, Cab: Orange PPC 112, Guitar: Yamaha Pacifica 510v, I get almost no sound from this setup(1% ...
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Fender guitar preamp

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a seperate amp if this one has a preamp?
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What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to?

What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to? Does more wattage means more volume or high gain?
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ENGL Screamer Tubes

I recently bought an ENGLScreamer 50W combo and I noticed that only two tubes (out of the six) are lit (the two big front ones if you look from the back). From the manual (page 5 at the bottom) I see ...
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Turning off my monitors makes loud popping noise

I've been told that my turning down the channels on my mixer before turning off my monitors, I can prevent the loud popping noise they make, which will damage the speakers in the long run. However, I ...
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Weird “flutter” in guitar amp when a note is ringing out

I recently bought a used guitar (a Sterling JP60) and I just noticed this problem - I am hearing a strange, irritating "flutter" like sound through my amp when a note is ringing out. Particularly ...
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How to record audio from guitar amp to Phone/PC

I want to record audio from my amp to my Computer/Phone, what application do I use, and how do I connect the amp to the PC? Do I use a wire or something? (Don't judge me, I'm not a technical guy, I ...
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Blown (?) speaker, or swapped poles?

I've just rewired my 4x12 cab to become two 2x12s to accommodate for a new head. One duo of speakers is playing loud and clear, the other side sounds extremely underpowered. One speaker at maybe 60%, ...
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Can I use Keyboard amps for live monitoring?

I just noticed that my keyboard amp (Roland KC-550) includes an XLR input. Is it possible (or recommended) to input aux sends from the mixer through the keyboard. The KC-550 has 4 input channels and I ...
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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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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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Is it safe to plug home stereo amplifier to my Scarlett Focusrite Solo?

I would be using rca to rca cable. The back of the Focusrite Solo has RCA connections (White and Red). My home stereo amplifier has an aux out rca connection. Would this work without damaging anything?...