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Line in vs. Effects return

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pattyløve, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. pattyløve


    Apr 7, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering, D'addario
    What is the difference between a line in and effects return? There is a strange bass amp at a church i started playing at, I dont know what it is and its tone is very dismal. I intend on just running a tone hammer or sans amp through the power amp and by pass the preamp.

    The amp has both a line in and effects loop with return. Which would be more suitable for me to plug into? Wil there be a difference. I will experiment this weekend but thought I'd just ask for a heads up.

    Thanks in advanced!
  2. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    Try both and use the one that sounds better.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    For a pedal, effect return should work better. Line in is set for line level devices such as mp3 players or keyboards.
  4. Effects return on most amps is the same as a "poweramp in" and should bypass the internal preamp.