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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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tube head truth

Lets say I wanted to record....and when you do that you would probably use headphones to really hear everything......instead of getting a practice amp again that will sound not even close to what I want(and a decent one will still cost me a few hundred).....why wouldnt i wanna get a head and run it into my PC just like i was at a studio recording? Can this be done? That way I can get my tube sound I want and if I need to play out all I need is a cab to use. I'v been wondering about this for a while now.....please comment if you have any words of wisdom...thanx
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 03:08 PM
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That would be no problem at all. The only thing that you will need is a good cabinet simulator to make it sound right. If you just go direct, it will sound horrible. Look into Digital Music Corp Cab Tone or a H&K Red Box Pro. They are both great cabinet simulators.
If you really want to get a good direct sound, add in a good mic preamp, and your good to go.
Just make sure you use the direct out or send from your loop. NOT the output of the amp...LOL
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 04:04 PM
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doesnt running the head without a load (ie. speakers) cause damage?

I think I have blown a head this way before
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 06:13 PM
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Yes, unless you have an amp loader like this Allan Holdsworth juice extractor I have right here. I was thinking of selling it but I've been re-working my rack and now I'm not sure anymore. Some power soakers just lower the volume of a tube amp to a speaker, while others can BE the speaker. This is one of them. Holdsworth did this with his Boogies all the time, and it is a common practice. You can put the line level signal through an effects processor, or whatever. But if you wanted to take a tube head to a computer, and you didn't have a big budget, then a modeler might be the way to go. I don't like them or have them, but there's no denying that's what they were made to do.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 07:45 PM
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Exactly, no amplifier should not be operating if not connected to speakers or some other dummy load.

As for headphone's, I'm not familiar with anytube amplifier with a headphone output. There are some with line outs or you can use the send jack of an effects loop but you'll want to use a cabinet simulator with those as well (if the amp's line out isn't already equipped with this kind of circuitry). Without cabinet simulation, you're probably going to hate your direct sounds.

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