Is there a way to hook up 2 combo amps and play thru them at the same time?!?!??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DeathPOPbass, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. DeathPOPbass


    Sep 11, 2000
    can you play thru 2 combo amps at the same time??
    if so, how???
  2. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove If it feels heavy, it's heavy. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    If one has effects loop in and out jacks on the back, then take one, run a cable from the effects in on the first one, from the input jack on the other (i think...) and then turn them both on and plug into the one that has the bass input jack unoccupied....
    I dont know if thats exactly correct with the in out, but it shouldnt hurt your amp to play around. Just remember, effects loop on A to one of the jacks on B and you plug into A, but keep them both powered
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    There may be several ways to do this, depending on the inputs and outputs on the amps, but the easiest and most universal way would probably be with a Morley ABY switch.
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    My freind tried that with his 2 Marshall 150 watt ers....needlesss to say he did something wrong and now they are useless:)
  5. Don't tell me he fed the output of the first into the input of the second? :(

    Mike J.
  6. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    As Slater said, there are several ways depending on existing inputs and outputs.

    But there is ONE way you should never try: connecting the second combo to the 'ext. speaker' jack of the first one.

    Basically, one combo needs a line level output (if you don't want to use some kind of signal splitter).
    This can be 'effect send' or 'pre amp out' or 'line out'.
    You can connect this to the instrument input of the second combo. (Or to the 'effect return' or 'pre amp in' if available)

  7. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    My friend Rob uses 2 SWR Redheads for his rig. I think he utilizes the effects loop.
  8. Hi Kirby.

    If your mate would like to put the two Marshalls in the post to me I'll fix them up. Quite fancy a couple o' Marshalls.......

    ;) :D ;) :D

  9. DeathPOPbass


    Sep 11, 2000
    Ok guys, I'm getting a lil confused with all the different methods ;)
    So here it is, I have a 15' combo bass amp, it has an effects loop on the front, now I will be purchasing another 15' combo bass amp in the future, prob wont be the same brand though, could someone give me simple step by step intstruction on what to do :D thanks! much love!
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    There's only three ways I'd consider.

    1. Effects loop.
    2. Small mixer.
    3. A/B box.
  11. DeathPOPbass


    Sep 11, 2000
    ok, a/b box is out of the question, b/c i want both booming at the same time :p

    now, how exactly does the "effects loop" method works???;)
  12. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    Decide which of the two amps you like the tone of better. This is the amp you should use as the master. You will control gain, EQ, etc from this amp.

    The second amp will be the slave.

    Using a regular 1/4 cable, locate the LINE OUT on the master amp. The may be labled "lineout" or perhaps "preamp out." Any decent size combo will have a line out. Run the cable from this to the EFFECTS RETURN on the slave amp.

    What you are doing with this method is using the preamp of the master to drive the power amps and speakers of both amps. It is completely safe to do this.

    DO NOT attempt to use any 1/4" port labeled "speaker" or "ext" or "extension" to connect the two amps. The effects return is only designed for a line level signal.

    This method gives you the best control over your sound.

    You will still probably adjust the volume of the slave amp using it's master volume.

  13. I use 2 combos. I have a Chorus pedal with 2 out puts. I just run cords from each out into each amp's input, not the effects loop.
  14. DeathPOPbass


    Sep 11, 2000
    Thanks for the extensive description Chasarms, that made it really easy for me to understand :D thanks again for that ;)

    And Nomadic Herder, so what you saying is, say I have a chain of effects(which I do) and my last pedal in the chain has 2 out puts, I can just take 2 cords and send them to the amp's main input and that would work also??? :confused:
  15. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    If you want to play though two combos at the same time. why not just get a YAMAHA ATITTUDE!:D
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    Yes. That would work fine. NH's chorus pedal is probably stereo so the two outputs actually are stereo and the two amps create the stereo effect.

    If you did it like that, you would control each amp absolutely independantly, which may be good or bad, depending on what you want. With the method I suggested you could have tone control over the whole rig at one amp.

    Either way will work fine.
  17. DeathPOPbass


    Sep 11, 2000
    Yea, I am DEFINALTELY going by your way Chasarms!! ;)
    Thanks again guys/gals for all your help!!!
    Special thanks to you, Chasarms, for your going out of your way to type the extensive details ;) thanks again!
  18. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I dunno what he did..but it sire as hell made me crack up when it went bang!:p
  19. Cantstandsya

    Cantstandsya Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Get a Sansamp Bass Driver D. I. pedal. Run the output of the Sansamp(with the desired amount of overdrive) to the input on one amp. Run the parallel output of the Sansamp to the input on the other amp to send an unaffected
    (clean)signal . (or just get an A-BB pedal)
  20. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    1 word: Rick-O-Sound.