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An amplifier that prepares the initial electrical signal from microphone, electric guitar or other source for the further amplification or processing. They can be mounted near the signal source, inside the second high power amplifier they fed or have the separate enclosure.

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Does the signal from the FX loop match the one to the power amp?

When using a gutar amps FX loop to route the preamp through a pedal, is it any different from the internal circuit when the FX loop is bypassed? Anything you put in the loop will affect the signal, ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

First of all, I am not very expert in this section. I mostly play acoustic guitar as a hobby. I am not a professional musician sometimes play in front of small audience. I have an electric guitar and ...
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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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Can I plug in an electrified acoustic guitar in a line level input?

I am a complete neophyte in recording, so I am very poor in theory. I am thinking of buying some hardware for some home recordings and I am faced with the first choice: the audio interface. Since I ...
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How to Connect Fender Champion 20 Amp to the Bluetooth Beats Studio 3 Headset

I have Fender Champion 20 amp. I want to connect amp to the beats studio headset. I found Bluetooth Aux Kit. Is it enough? If not what do you suggest. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Zoom A1X to Garage Band

I've tried to connect my guitar - Zoom A1X - Garage Band to no avail. Do I need things like focusrite, or else?
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Connecting AMP to Audio interface

I have the MOTU m2 to record my vocals through my Rode NT1 (XLR), I would like to connect my headphones (660s senneheiser) to a Topping A90 headphone amplfier, through a balanced connection. How ...
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Microphone levels come in low even when at max volume

When I record guitar, the sound coming from the microphone is still low even when the input is turned up to max. Why this is, as other people don't seem to have their audio interfaces turned up this ...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

My electric bass guitar (Yamaha RBX374, active pickup) suddenly stopped producing any sound. Only if I play the strings very hard, I do get some noisy tone. Here's what I tried: I suspected it was a ...
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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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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

From previous experience I know you are a source for good advices. Here is the thing. I have a cheap Fender guitar that use to play at Church. Since they changed the cable "asigned" for guitars it ...
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I need all possible settings between Tune Pre V2 + Focusrite Scarlett 2I2

Recently I have bought a Tube pre V2 and I will use it with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I need to know how to set the gain knob of the input of the interface when receiving the signal from the preamp. ...
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Guitar Headphone pre-amp with output jack? [closed]

Ok, guys Ive tried to search the site for a similar question to no avail. Since I know little on the subject I will describe it and Im sure youl get the just. I ocasionally play acoustic guitar in ...
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Hum disappears on touching both strings and cable? What is the issue?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. I actually rarely plugged it in at home, but I did now due to a new pedalboard. Thereby, I discovered a hum issue. The simplest setup on which it occurs is: Guitar ...
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What's XLR output impedance?

I read that Line output impedance is about 100 ohm and input about 10k ohm. However I cannot find information about XLR connection (output) impedance (in a preamp, for example). XLR input in mic ...
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Behringer mic preamp Ultragain 2200 as a DI box

I've bought a Behringer Ultragain 2200 preamp and want to plug the guitar in. I know that usually when I'd plug my guitar to the amp or audio interface the input impendance would be around 1 milion ...
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

I've read that plugging a bass guitar into a guitar amplifier is not advisable as it can fry the speaker. However, could a pre-amplifier solve this problem (adjusting output power and impedance). I'm ...
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Amp modeling on multi fx pedal through an amp

I wasn't really sure where to ask this question but this seemed as good as place as any so hopefully someone will be able to help. I'm not majorly knowledgeable when it comes to gear so I apologize in ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

I am playing rhythm guitar in a big band, which is a new project for me. The guys whose sound I like the most in this context are Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt. What they have in common is that ...
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Using just just an amp simulator pedal for my distortion needs

I have a cheap zoom digital effects processor which doesn't have a distortion or drive section. I am gradually switching to an analog setup. I am planning to buy a mooer gas station micro amp ...
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Live set-up for electric guitar without any amp

I am pretty new to gigging using an electric guitar, and wanted to know if its possible to get a live sound without using an amp (I simply don't want to lug around my amp while going for open mics/...
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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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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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Are stereo speakers suitable substitutes for studio/rehearsal monitor? What amps/preapms are required?

first time posting. I have an old JVC player, model: MX-V508T. It has two unit, a CD/AMP/DECK TUNER UNIT and a Speaker unit. The CD/AMP/DECK TUNER UNIT is getting beyond repair. So, I want to dispose ...
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Modeling amp with FX Loop

I need a guitar amp for practicing at home. I was considering buying Marshall Code 50 as it has a lot of effects built in and can save me some money on pedals. However I just realized that if I will ...
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Shadow Nanoflex pickup not working anymore

I have an electroacoustic folk guitar (Lâg 4 seasons) equipped with a Shadow preamp, and a Shadow nanoflex pickup. During the past few days, I have been experiencing very annoying noises which, ...
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Is a normal electric guitar amp expecting a preamplified signal or not?

I have an acoustic guitar which has a built-in preamp and is suited to be directly plugged in into an acoustic amplifier - for which I do not know whether it has an additional preamp or not. Side ...
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Mic Into Guitar Amp

I am in a band and don’t have a massive budget. I am thinking of getting a Shure SM58 mic but do not have enough money to get a PA System for it. I am thinking of getting a cheap guitar amp and ...
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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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Replacement Preamp for Yamaha APX 8D

My Yamaha APX 8D's preamplifier is broken. Does anyone know a good replacement? The guitar has a piezo pickup and a microphone. There are potentiometers for volume, treble, bass and a 9V battery ...
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What does a preamplifier pedal do?

I've seen a lot of people using a preamplifier pedal. What does that pedal do? Do I need one on my pedalboard?
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What voltage/amperage is a recording interface (a pre-amp) expecting?

If I were to generate tiny pulses of electricity and feed them directly into my interface (for the sake of some rhythmic analysis I'm doing), what wattage (volt/amps) should I limit them to to avoid ...
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Getting over lapping guitar sound

I am recording semi-acoustic guitar and vocals at same time in reaper through scarlett 2i2(2nd gen) Input 1 --guitar Input 2 --mic but my mic catches guitar sound too and when I listen to my ...
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Do I need a preamp before a line-level EQ for electric guitar?

I am building a rack guitar system based on analog, valve preamp and poweramp. I've read a lot about the power of pre-EQ, that is, having an equalizer before the preamp distortion. Since I have ...
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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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Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording. I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio ...
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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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Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

Manufacturers of expensive microphone preamps usually write a lot about transformers and how good they are. I know transformers have been used often in the past, but with modern electronics, this is ...
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Can I use a separate pre-amp in my combo amp's effects loop?

I'm curious, is it possible to use a preamp head in the effects loop of my combo amp? The chain would be: guitar -> combo amp in -> effects send to preamp -> preamp out to combo amp return -> power ...
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Add pre amp to audio interface to enhance sound quality?

I have recently purchased a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface and have begun experimenting with recording guitar. I have also downloaded Reaper, as well as Guitar Rig and Amplitude and various other VSTs ...
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How to setup a live/practice rig with my Zoom MultiFx/AmpSim Pedal

I've been playing guitar for the past 2-3 years mostly in my bedroom and jamming along to songs using rocksmith. I have a Zoom G1XN and a 10 watt combo amp, i don't use the combo amp much because i ...