Confused. Interface or Amp?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by bassgreek, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. bassgreek

    bassgreek

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    Hey guys i just got a fender american special p-bass, have a macbook pro and i have the following queries:

    I am between of buying a good amp
    or an interface with monitors and install the ampeg svx software?

    For the interface part i dont know also if i should buy some special kind of monitors due to bass low frequency?

    If i buy a small amp (eg ampeg BA108) Can I buy the interface and plug it in to amplifiers( so not buying monitors)

    Pls help me!
  2. KrisHayes

    KrisHayes

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    Are you looking to record or just jam at home?
  3. bassgreek

    bassgreek

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    both
    I just don't wanna disturb the neighbours
  4. seamonkey

    seamonkey

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  5. bassgreek

    bassgreek

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    ok interface
    but hear from where?
    Pc speakers that i have (2.1)
    or do i have to buy monitors too?
  6. nick98338

    nick98338

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    I both record and practice using an interface and headphones. I have good speakers, also, but I don't use them for practice. I just use them for recording.
  7. jmclearnon

    jmclearnon

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    i have a motu ultralite MkIII and it has the possibility of 8 output channels...

    Its useful even with an amp live because i can have 2 basses and a cello plugged in with EQ and only the basses going through my amp.

    Going the interface route can be quite expensive however
  8. M Sterling

    M Sterling Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 on the motu ultralite. It is a versatile, awesome little box.
  9. BZadlo

    BZadlo Supporting Member

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    I got a Apogee Duet on Craigslist for $200. I don't notice any latency with it at all.
    If you want to get that feel of a real amp, you need to get a good interface. Too much latency will ruin the fun.
  10. father of fires

    father of fires Supporting Member

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    You don't have to buy monitors if you just want to hear yourself. If you want a more realistic amp sound you'll need some decent monitors (Yamahas and KRK's) and a good amp sim software.

    I would also suggest some decent-ish headphones. Some of them can have great bass response.
  11. jmclearnon

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    lol would love to hear my cheap computer speakers play my B string at full volume lol
  12. oniman7

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    If your speakers are decent, you will not need monitors for jamming at home. However, they will increase your sound clarity and quality.

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