Looking for a preamp for headphone practice with a USB out for recording

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DuluthDank, Sep 19, 2022.

  1. Bonus points if it has some amp modeling or overdrive capabilities. I'm currently looking at the GK Plex, but I'm wondering what else is out there.

    I'm currently using the Zoom B3n for headphone practice, but find the amp models and overdrive just a bit uninspiring. And of course this model has no USB out.
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  2. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France
    HX Stomp?
  3. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth Nothing to fret over. Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    The Darkglass ADAM/Photon/Microtubes Infinity are worth checking out (I especially like the Infinity).
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  4. That would work, but is way more complex than I'm hoping for right now.
  5. adios


    Dec 27, 2020
    I have a Mustang Micro. Works perfectly and ticks the boxes you are asking for
  6. That's intended for guitar, right? So the amp sims work fine with bass then?
  7. adios


    Dec 27, 2020
    Yep. Works absolutely fine with my bass....
  8. Nebadon2000

    Nebadon2000 Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    Moyock, North Carolina
  9. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2020
    If you like GK sounds then the Plex is great.
    Love the fusion tube model - and all of them, for that matter. It really is like having 4-5 GK amps.
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  10. dland

    dland Supporting Member

    May 6, 2022
    +1 Mustang Micro
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  11. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    If you're a recording musician is it safe to assume you already have an interface and a DAW? Why not use those? Then you not only have the cab sims but you can use your DAW as a metronome, a drum machine, a looper...
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  12. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
    I had all kind of USB solutions for years and got tired of software upgrade/compatibility issues and the update of the 30-pin/lightning/C/mini/micro/whatever connectors on iPhones/iPads/Android tablets. Got an Ampeg SCR-DI with aux-in and headphone-out, 9v powered and not looking back. I can use whatever device for backtrack playing as it's going to the 1/8" aux-in. If I want to record, I simply use the SCR-DI XRL out into my USB interface. Zero latency. Fits in my gigbag.
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  13. geophreigh

    geophreigh the artist formerly known as tb-player™️ Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
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  14. XLunacy


    Nov 28, 2013
    For headphone practice, I'd have no issue recommending the Mooer Prime P1, it's got everything you mentioned and more, for a reasonable price.

    It really is the most convenient way to practice that I've found, all you need is a short 1/4" instrument cable and headphones. Add a USB cable for recording to your phone.

    I would personally most likely not use it live in my signal chain, simply because my chain already has everything I need.
  15. ahadl2500

    ahadl2500 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Greenwood, IN
    Phil Jones Bass Bighead and Bighead Pro both meet the headphone amp with usb interface requirement.

    I briefly owned a Bighead. It sounded great through headphones, but I quickly realized headphone practice was not for me. Never tried the recording interface, but expect it is also good.
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  16. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    I tried recording USB c into my phone and it worked too! I already love mine so this put me over the top
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  17. adios


    Dec 27, 2020
    Yes - I use the USB C and take it into my computer/audacity too, and the blue tooth helps with adding backing tracks or metronome if needed.
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  18. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Sacramento area
    I’ve used a BigHead for years but recently I have been using a MOTU M2 interface. Sometimes I put pedals in front of it and sometimes I just use Garage Band. Mostly I use nothing at all.
  19. rashrader

    rashrader Inactive

    Mar 4, 2004
    shag TALKBASS
    Loving my Darkglass AO Photon. It’s been great as a headphone practice amp and I used it last week to record (non-USB). Next step is a stereo power amp and I’ll be using it live as well.
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  20. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    NuX mighty plug is best headphone practice option out there right now.