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Confused. Interface or Amp?

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

  1. 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


    Sep 30, 2012
    Are you looking to record or just jam at home?
  3. both
    I just don't wanna disturb the neighbours
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  5. ok interface
    but hear from where?
    Pc speakers that i have (2.1)
    or do i have to buy monitors too?
  6. 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. 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

    Sep 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    +1 on the motu ultralite. It is a versatile, awesome little box.
  9. BZadlo

    BZadlo Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    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 Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    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. lol would love to hear my cheap computer speakers play my B string at full volume lol
  12. If your speakers are decent, you will not need monitors for jamming at home. However, they will increase your sound clarity and quality.