Some questions


MadGuitarest
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MadGuitarest
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07/07/2004 4:46 pm
Please answer in the form i ask, thanks.

1. How come people buy stacks, i know you need a louder sound if you are not using a PA system, but isnt any amp the same when hooked to a pa system because you still get a signl from each. Or do you have to have a certain amount of watts to get it through a PA. Im still kinda unsure about it all.

2. How come i see some people mic an amp in a large venue and then sometimes the same amp that was mic is now having its signal run to the board? Also i am not sure about how to get amp into board without miking.

3. If you are going to mike an amp. How loud does the amp need to be so you can get a good signal to the mic?

Please help me with this, i appreciate any future answers. Thanks
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07/07/2004 6:02 pm
I'll try to answer these the best I can.....

1. Stacks or half stacks offer a fuller sound (at least to my ear). They are overkill for playing clubs volume wise, but 4 12's are going to offer a fuller sound than say a 1 12. The wattage does not matter when it comes to using a PA. Most of the time, a mic is placed in front of the speaker cabinet.

2. Putting a mic on the amp is the best way to go about it. A lot of distortion comes from the speaker's distorting, which in turn gives a better sound. The amp has to have the right output to run directly to a board. My Marshall for example has an output called recording compensated, and an output called Line out (I think, it may be called direct out). I've used the recording compensated once, and it does just not carry the tone that I get when putting a mic on the cabinet. Some amps don't offer an output like this.....Bass amps work much better going directly to a mixing board.

3. The amp's volume does not matter on getting the signal to the board. The gain on the mixing board can be adjusted to work with the volume of the amp. The volume of the amp should be adjusted to get the sound you want. Again, back to my Marshall. I have to at least crank it up to 8 to get the sound I like, but Marshall's are just like that. This is speaking about tube amps. Solid state amps don't really change tone with volume, not like a tube amp anyway, so solid state amps can be used at lower volume levels...

I hope this helps.
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