Guitar amp for home recording

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Hink
Rad Grandad
29578 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

Post Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:38 pm

The Noodlist wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:32 pm
donkey tugger wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:02 pm
I'm sure it's very nice, but I could never have one, as in the back of my mind I'd always be worrying that I'd bought something with a name that's really pronounced as, 'buggerer'.
Could always get a Messy Bogey.
mine is a real SOB :hihi:

had my first boogie sob in the 80's, looked like this

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got this one 13 years ago and did some cosmetic mods with the grate

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Forgotten
KVRAF
5313 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:43 pm

donkey tugger wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:02 pm
The Noodlist wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:16 pm
Bugera G5 Infinium
I'm sure it's very nice, but I could never have one, as in the back of my mind I'd always be worrying that I'd bought something with a name that's really pronounced as, 'buggerer'.
Because you know that one day the conversation will involve you saying that you plugged your instrument into a buggerer...

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forwardaudio
KVRist
38 posts since 25 Jun, 2014 from Germany

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:22 pm

kvotchin wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:19 pm
So, hoping to record electric guitar via an amp, but at home, without (generally speaking) the ability to go really loud.

Is there such a beast as a tube amp in particular (I prefer them), that can do nice clean and excellent drive . . . all at low to medium dB?
I would advise on of the following two methods: Using a load box with IRs like the two notes Torpedo (if you happen to like IRs) or using a isolation cabinet like the Grossman cab: https://grossmann-audio.de/en/

Either way you can crank up any amp to the maximum without annoying the neighbors.
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Giuliano_r
KVRer
13 posts since 28 Oct, 2019

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:29 am

I am using the Blackstar HT-5R MkII. It is a small valve amp with great sound and it has a USB audio output. What I really appreciate is the different options for American or British overdrive and that it is able to be played extremely loud, quit or through headphones and still sounds great. The reverb sounds great with my acoustic guitar, in case you're into that.

kvotchin
KVRist
222 posts since 9 Aug, 2018

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:33 am

Thanks so much, guys. Lots of good info!

Many things to consider, but that’s better than where I was at.

anttimaatteri
KVRist
302 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:07 am

i´d go the simple and cheap way and say boss katana mk1 or mk2. the mk2 has more effects, the mk1 is hilariously cheap on the second hand markets. both are sounding great, if u know what your doing. if you go even the cheaper way try the little joyo bantamps, atm 5 models, or the joyo mjolnir for casual valve-gas syndroms.

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The Noodlist
KVRian
1245 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:30 am

Tweed Champ clone. The Champ being a prolific studio/recording amp. Classic tones at low volumes. Not so much bells and whistles, but a studio staple.
Fame JTA-05 Sweet Baby Combo (AKA Joyo)
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

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khanyz
KVRAF
1562 posts since 16 Jul, 2004 from Deepest Yorkshire

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:49 am

For my tastes, I rely on a tube preamp for clean and drive sounds, and the power amp for distortion. So if you just want clean/drive sounds a tube guitar preamp with decent speaker emulation may suit. I’d recommend a Blackstar pedal, such as the HT-Dual. I’ve had one for years and it’s my go to. It takes pedals well and I’ve even sometimes added an EHX muff on the speaker out for stupid distortion.

I use an audio isolator (Orchid Electronics) on the speaker out. Not totally needed but I’d recommend to avoid hassle when using with multiple mixers, interfaces etc.
I miss MindPrint. My TRIO needs a big brother.

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Mister Natural
KVRAF
2411 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:31 am

kvotchin wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:19 pm
So...Is there such a beast as a tube amp in particular (I prefer them), that can do nice clean and excellent drive . . . all at low to medium dB?
no, there isn't

SS can using built-in modeling(Roland Cube/YamahaTHR-series/Line6
best of luck
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Forgotten
KVRAF
5313 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:39 am

There are some pretty good small modeling amps that would work well for miking up - would agree with something like the Roland Cube, or even the more recent modeling amps from Fender.

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Mister Natural
KVRAF
2411 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:21 am

yeah Forgotten, my Roland sounds great mic-d up
but at low volume; the room comes more into play. You need a good-sounding room to record(well) at low levels
expert only on what it feels like to be me
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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
24994 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:37 am

I've been using the line out on an Orange OC20 ... it has a cab sim in the line/headphone out. Sounds really good to me.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
53581 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:46 am

Mister Natural wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:21 am
yeah Forgotten, my Roland sounds great mic-d up
but at low volume; the room comes more into play. You need a good-sounding room to record(well) at low levels
indeed, but what if you get a gig? better to have the possibility of the mic'ed up option too.
or maybe your neighbours go on holiday and you want to rawk! :band:

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Forgotten
KVRAF
5313 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:59 am

Mister Natural wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:21 am
yeah Forgotten, my Roland sounds great mic-d up
but at low volume; the room comes more into play. You need a good-sounding room to record(well) at low levels
There’s always the option of making a tent over the amp with a heavy blanket when you’re recording quietly (although that often means you might need to add something back to the audio to give it some room character).

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vurt
addled muppet weed
53581 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Guitar amp for home recording

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:10 am

Forgotten wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:59 am
Mister Natural wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:21 am
yeah Forgotten, my Roland sounds great mic-d up
but at low volume; the room comes more into play. You need a good-sounding room to record(well) at low levels
There’s always the option of making a tent over the amp with a heavy blanket when you’re recording quietly (although that often means you might need to add something back to the audio to give it some room character).
dont you dare post that hink pic!

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