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I went down a similar path to eventually starting a full band to accompany me on stage in paying gigs vs playing just for fun. My band has bass, two guitars, drums and vocal mics for all four musicians. What you would need for amplification of your instruments and vocals is highly dependent on the venue your band will be performing in. For a small pub, ...


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What you have described is inaccurate. Four 8 ohm speakers wired in parallel would result in a 2 Ohm load not 32 Ohms. To achieve an ideal load for you amp, you'll need to wire 2 of the speakers in series, then wire the other two in series, and then wire the two pairs in parallel to give you a perfect match of 8 Ohms for your amplifier.


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You've correctly analysed why the cable impedance does not matter in the way it does for HF transmission lines. (Though, the assumption of vacuum light speed is actually not completely valid – the dielectric factors into this, but it doesn't change the fact that the wavelengths are many times longer than any guitar cable.) That notwithstanding though, the ...


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I'm dropping this answer in early, assuming I might be right rather than being certain at this point. I posted an example of a totally different style track, but I think using similar techniques - so I can easily describe how I did that. I don't have the file to hand to be able to directly copy/paste or screenshot the settings, but I used this setup a fair ...


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Ever heard the old joke about the farmer being asked how to get to a nearby famous landmark? There are a hundred versions of it, but there's one commonality... His reply is always, "Well, you don't want to start from here…" The thing about GAS* is that it's the wrong place to start. You have a Strat - live with it for now. When you get 'good' you'll know ...


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The way tubes work is that electrons are "boiled" out of the cathode by heating it, and then pulled across to the anode by the different voltages inside the tube. The only way you can damage a "cold" tube is by applying so much voltage that you pull the electrons out of the cathode "by force" and physically damage the cathode material permanently. Note, ...


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This sounds normal to me - just an example of a prominent beat effect, exaggerated by the distortion: when the two tones are close in pitch but not identical, the difference in frequency generates the beating. The volume varies like in a tremolo as the sounds alternately interfere constructively and destructively. If you don't want the gap in ...


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Edit: there seems to be some confusion here. Based on the description in the question, I'm assuming you have two devices that output a line-level signal, and you want to connect those to a device that only has one input available. If this is the case: don't wire the cables together directly. This may damage your devices: the output voltage from one ...


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The chain is guitar > pre-amp > power amp> speaker. Putting any effects here - Guitar> fx > pre-amp > power amp > speaker means that the pre-amp (tones mainly) will affect the fx. Putting any effects here - Guitar > pre-amp > fx > power amp > speaker means that the fx are subjected to whatever settings the pre-amp has. Modulation, delay, tremolo are ...


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The recommendation would depend on several factors. do you ever plan on playing with other musicians outside of your bedroom? Then the PC/ amp sim solution is a big hassle. You don't want to drag your PC to every rehearsal. does the amp that you own have a halfway-decent speaker? If not, all the pedals and amp sims in the world won't help you, your tone ...


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You typically will have a virtual footswitch - most of the virtual amps I use do allow switching from dirty to clean, or switching distortion on and off. Many will also allow a real footswitch to be used.


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I own a few practice amps/devices including the amPlug, orange crush and line 6 amplifi. They are all fine, but it depends on how YOU like to practice. Opinions aside, if you want to hear yourself play and you don't have any space and no budget, then the amPlugs actually sound good. Like you said, they are limited especially if you're looking for the chug ...


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I've listened to the link and it sounds to me like a problem I had when I blew my speaker. When the voice coil in a speaker over heats they can become warped and start rubbing internally. When that happens, the speaker can respond unevenly as it gets stuck and breaks loose repeatedly. A good repair technician can be worth his weight in gold when it comes to ...


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My first instinct would say its unrelated to the outage and more likely a ground loop issue. Have you tried taking your amp to another part of the house (or at least a new outlet) and trying to plug it in and see if it still makes the same noises? I know there are some product from EbTech and Furman (plenty others too) that are suppose to condition or ...


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Basically, you want the sustain part of the tone increased in relation to the attack part. There are three ways to do that with amps settings/ effects: either you increase the gain of the amp, you add an overdrive effect, or you add a compression effect. The first and second will alter your tone more or less drastically, the third should be a lot less ...


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With an acoustic/electric guitar, you are usually dealing with a mostly standard acoustic bridge, where there is a piezo pickup mounted underneath the saddle where the strings run across. In an electric guitar, the strings are physically connected to a metal bridge that IS grounded into the circuitry of the guitar. In an acoustic/electric guitar, that does ...


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To elaborate and visualize the previous answers a bit further, here's a legend: Amp/head: the device that amplifies the electrical signal. This is an electrical processor that does not produce audible sound. Cabinet: the actual speaker that speaks out the processed signal and makes it audible. The above two come in two main flavors: Stack: The amp and ...


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There's no problem using a 20 Watt amp: just turn it down. You can set the volume of an amp as quiet as you want. It would probably be better to use headphones.


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Better is subjective, the pedals will sound different when sent through an FX loop than direct. The difference is where the distortion is created in the amplification chain. There are two types of effects loop, parallel and serial which will have different sound and application also. An effects input in an amplifier is usually after the pre-amp stage of ...


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While better is of course subjective and there are exceptions (yes you are right about the MT-2 Metal Zone that is the ONE 'dirt' pedal aside from a few 'few amp in a box pedals' that tend to work better if you plug input direct into them and then take output into the fx return bypassing the preamp completely. I wouldn't say its horrible in front, but it ...


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It absolutely depends on the type of output. What you want to do is called "distributing" the output to a number of inputs. Some types of output are actually designed to be distributed, some are not. Some can, but only with a bit of care and technical consideration. (To know how and how many you need to know a bit of electronics, there is something ...


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Rockin Cowboy has comprehensively covered a lot of points! A couple more thoughts for you. Consider what sort and size venues the band may be gigging at. There's a fair difference between a bar that can hold 50 people from an outdoor gig where there might be 300 or so. And the equipment will vary accordingly. As already stated, guitarist and bassist ought ...


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A few answers: I'd definitely suggest that yes, go ahead and learn a few solos you like. It'll give you many satisfactions and you'll learn a lot of useful things. If your strings break that often, it may be that you play a little too hard, or there may be some sharp edges on the bridge saddle, the nut, or even on some frets. This is common on cheap ...


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My thoughts on whether or not to buy another amp or effects pedal: if it were me, I'd go down to the music shop and try out a few effect pedals and while I was there I'd play through a few different amps to see the differences in sound. At that point I might decide to buy a pedal or I might choose an amp. A third possibility might be that I'd choose to wait ...


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I want to piggyback on what's been said already. The Rolls SX21 is an awesome, small and wonderful tool to split your bass signal. I am doing things a little different though I am splitting the input between a GK 250w 1X12 and a TC Electronic 250w 2X10. But, the thing that I like to do different is use the 2X10 for the lows (under 200hz) and the 1X12 for the ...


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I believe it's the sample rate. If you are recording at 48 KHz and your card is one of the basic ones it won't be able to switch between the two. So if you wanna use it to practice over a youtube video or something like that, just lower the sample rate of your daw to 44.1 KHz and that should solve it ;)


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Yes you need a di box with a pass-through. Pass through TS to the amp and output XLR or TRS from the di box to the PA or mixer. Place the di box before and not after the amp by plugging your guitar directly into its input. Note that this is the preferred method when using a mixer but if using a PA you will get a much brighter signal from the guitar than ...


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Bear in mind that the albums are often double tracked and or have things like stereo separation effects that alter the sound from the way the band actually plays a song live. Also, microphones play a bigger role in recorded tone than average people credit. Cobain was not known for a ton of effects: clearly he used tremolo and phaser/flanger effects on ...


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Hopefully you are not playing with all the EQ knobs on 0! Most active EQs act as a cut or boost depending on if they are high or low, and so you'll want to start them all on 5 for a flatter EQ response until you know you need something different. For distorted rock sound, try turning on the overdrive channel, and turn the volume up to somewhere between 1-3, ...


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It's unusual for a laptop to have any Earth at all. It will also probably have a nasty buzzy, whiny switch-mode PSU. If you live in a country where Earthing is optional on mains sockets, you may end up having to carry a physical earth strap & find a pipe to fasten it to. We really need more detail on the interface, the computer & your country's ...


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