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How to record though amp silently?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BackwardManDan, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. BackwardManDan


    Oct 4, 2016
    I have a 500w solid state combo amp. I want to connect it to an interface via XLR while having no sound coming through the speakers.

    If I were to plug headphones into the 3.5mm headphone jack, would I achieve this without damaging my amp?

    If this is not the best solution, would you please recommend a better way?
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    In the power amp is solid state, you do not have to operate it with the speaker conncted. If plugging in headphones disconnects the speaker, that is another way to do it.

    It helps to let us know what make and model the amp is. Just to be sure.
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  3. BackwardManDan


    Oct 4, 2016
    Sure, it's a Fender Rumble 500 v3.
  4. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    That amp has an XLR line out for DI purposes. This is exactly what you want to use to record your amp. You should be able to disconnect the speaker easily... It won't hurt your amp and will let you record silently.
  5. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    No problem doing what you are proposing. Follow the instructions in the manual.
  6. BackwardManDan


    Oct 4, 2016
    Right o good sir.
  7. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    On most (not all) amps the master volume doesn't affect the level of the XLR DI out - so you can just turn the master volume down all the way, no need to disconnect the speaker (which on the Rumble 500 looks like it would take some disassembly to do anyway).
  8. BackwardManDan


    Oct 4, 2016
    Cool good to know!
  9. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
  10. Papaschtroumpf


    Dec 27, 2017
    don't you love the Internet?

    I know this is a really old thread but I happened to be trying to do the very same thing with the very same amp.
    This is a closed back amp so you can't disconnect the speaker, it falls under the "not all" when both Gain and Master volume affect Line Out and the speaker.

    What I ended up doing is plugging a small jack adapter in the headphones jack in the back: it cuts the speaker but XLR out continues to work.
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