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Line in vs. Effects return

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by pattyløve, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. pattyløve


    Apr 7, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering, D'addario
    What is the difference between a line in and effects return? There is a strange bass amp at a church i started playing at, I dont know what it is and its tone is very dismal. I intend on just running a tone hammer or sans amp through the power amp and by pass the preamp.

    The amp has both a line in and effects loop with return. Which would be more suitable for me to plug into? Wil there be a difference. I will experiment this weekend but thought I'd just ask for a heads up.

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    Try both and use the one that sounds better.
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    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    For a pedal, effect return should work better. Line in is set for line level devices such as mp3 players or keyboards.
  5. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

    Effects return on most amps is the same as a "poweramp in" and should bypass the internal preamp.

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