Line Out Question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by funkysurfer, Aug 10, 2001.

  1. funkysurfer

    funkysurfer Guest

    Apr 20, 2000
    Coconut Creek, FL
    Ok I should know this answer, but I don't. Does the Line Out feature on an amp serve the same purpose as a DI? I was reading that if you record directly from the bass using a DI, it matches the basses impedance with the recording device (in my case a Tascam Portastudio). Does the Line Out feature on an amp do this too? If not, what is it's initial purpose?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    The line out CAN function the same as a DI. Most newer model bass amps feature a XLR output direct-in that can be switched from pre-preamp to post-preamp. Your line out is probably a 1/4" send and is always post-preamp. (could be used to feed a slave power amp)

    If you want to record, your recording device probably has a 1/4" in. If not, use a DI box to convert it to low Z. You'd also use this method live for going straight into the board.

    The only disadvantage of your setup is it can be a little noisier.