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Connect my laptop to my bass amp head?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by haf096, May 2, 2015.

  1. haf096


    Feb 8, 2015
    Hi, I'd like to know if there's a way to connect my laptop to my Ampeg Portaflex PF-500 to use it for effects, like a pedalboard, no that exactly, but something similar.

    I have:
    Ampeg PF-500
    Ampeg SVT18 Cab
    Laptop Acer:
    -Intel Core i5
    -6GB of RAM
  2. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn

    Aug 3, 2010
    If you have an audio interface you can run effects from your laptop. You'll need an interface, a DAW, and whatever effects plugins you want to run. Signal would go from your bass > interface > computer > interface > amp.

    Be aware, I would buy new from somewhere that takes returns. There are so many factors to consider when buying an interface that I can't cover them all here but I'd say at a minimum you need 1/4" ins and outs and USB 2.0.
  3. haf096


    Feb 8, 2015
    You mean something like this? https://piensaencorto.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/guitar-link-copia.jpg
    Or this? http://www.behringer.com/assets/302USB_P0ADV_Top_XL.png

    Can you give me a link about other stuff I may need? :) Thanks.
  4. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn

    Aug 3, 2010
    Where would you plug your guitar into the Xenyx? If you're not going to do any of the work, I'm not either.

    1/4" ins and outs (a real out, not a headphone jack) and USB 2.0 (or 3.0 but not really necessary in your case I think)

    Edit: From what I can tell there is nothing in the Behringer line up that I think is right for you. On the lower end of the price spectrum I would look at the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
    Last edited: May 2, 2015
  5. CatSquare


    Mar 7, 2014
    If your Acer has usb3.0, I'd get an interface to match. FireWire would be ideal because it's lower latency than USB

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