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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-10-2011, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

I'm trying to use my built in Red box from my H&K triamp MKII. However I don't know what audio interface I would use between my amp head and PC.

Amp Head specs:
http://www.hughes-and-kettner.com/pr...d=Redbox%20Pro


The red box out uses an XLR DI type connection - however I hesistant to just stick that signal into the line in of my PC/Laptop.

Do I need to use the Red Box Pro between the amp head and PC?
http://www.hughes-and-kettner.com/pr...d=Redbox%20Pro

Or do I use an Audio Interface such as Audio Kontrol 1?

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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

Strange timing for this thread as I had just recently downloaded the manual for my Hughes & Kettner Attax 200 as the orginal was long lost. Reading through the manual, I saw mention of the Red Box, and wondered what it was. Further reading indicated that that it's a speaker simulator, of sorts, for direct recording from the amp.

So yes, the Red Box would be between the amp and your PC. Concerning you hesitation of going directly from the Red Box to the PC, you should be okay. I record using the direct out of the amp straight to the PC, however, your suggestion of an audio interface would be recommended, if said audio interface allows for output signal level adjustment. I say this as I have to have the volumes for the three channels of the amp at low levels or I will hit the track too hot. Nothing on my PC has ever been damaged, but I haven't really cranked the volume, either. I assume it wouldn't matter, other than a crappy sound because it's too hot.
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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

By the way, the link you provided has a link to Red Box manual....

http://87.106.71.220//oma/huke/manua..._pro_klein.pdf

It had diagrams of different setups. I assume number one is what you would want. Replace the picture of the reel to reel with a PC, of course.
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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

thanks guys.

I'm using a Pod Studio GX while I wait for the Audio Kontrol 1 by Native Instruments.

The Pod GX doesn't detect any signal at all which has me worried that the red box may be damaged.

I'm tempted to open up the triamp and go through the red box pcb with a multi-meter but it would shooting in the dark - won't know what to look for or what to replace if there's an issue.

Oh well
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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

I could be wrong about this, but I don't think the GX input is compatible with the Red Box output. The UX1, for example, has two 1/4 inch line inputs in addition to its guitar input. I'm thinking that the line inputs are what you would want to use for your application. You may want to wait until you get the Audio Kontrol 1 before tearing into the amp and Red Box.
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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

thanks i'll wait for the Audio Kontrol 1 then. If I still can't get a usable signal out I'll take it down to an amp repair shop to have it looked at.

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Re: How to use Hughes Kettner Red Box

I have a similar Palmer PDI-09 with XLR output. For direct recording I made a cable that has XLR input and 1/4" output (hot to 2 or 3, gnd to 1, the remaining wire is just ignored). That way you loose 3db of gain but it works fine otherwise.
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