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Ampeg SVP-Pro into SVT-4Pro?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by isher1992, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. I have an SVT-4 that I use for clean. I used to use a clean and dirty sansamp into a 2-channel power amp, but ended up scoring a deal on the SVT-4 and always wanted one.

    Now I've seen an SVP-Pro come up, and it looks like the preamp of an SVT-4 that will actually overdrive nicely. Would it work into one of the power amp inputs of the SVT-4 if I split the signal before hand? I'd basically run a split, and use the SVT-4 clean and the SVP driven. Then use a compressor with both of those. I'm curious if this is doable, as I love the sounds of driven SVT's, but the 4 just doesn't seem to be conducive to that.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, the 4 Pro excels more at clean sounds and you really have to crank the gain past 3:00 to get any OD out of it. Sounds freaking wonderful, though! Not sure how you would hook it up, but I'm pretty sure it's doable.
  3. When I pushed the gain that high, it started distorting the power section and MOSFET power clipping doesn't sound that nice.

    I think if I used something like a BOSS LS-2 and split signal from my board to each preamp, and just the output from the SVP into a power amp input on the 4, while using the effects loop on both preamps for the compressor, I would basically have a clean and dirty SVT in one SVT.

    I knew the 4 was better for clean stuff getting it, I wanted that but I find myself missing having a clean and dirty amp channel like I had with the two SansAmp's. It just seemed to really fill out the sound. When I use my overdrive, it works and keeps the low end, but feels like it masks a lot of the sound.

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