Splitting Signal for Two-Amp Setup

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Fiset, May 20, 2018.

  1. Fiset

    Fiset I do a good impression of myself

    Jan 13, 2007
    New York
    Last night I got to thinking about using both my practice amp and main amp together, specifically to run my dirt through one and keep the other clean. Hardly a revolutionary idea, I know, but I haven't really messed with a two-amp system before. So I need a box to split my signal. Radial immediately came to mind and I was looking at this one:

    Radial BigShot ABY True-bypass Switch Pedal

    Seems to accomplish what I need but since I have no experience with this I thought I would ask if there is anything else I should be looking at. Opinions and recommendations welcome. Thanks.
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  2. Kriegs


    Feb 14, 2018
    I used that pedal to perform that exact function for quite some time. It does it well and adds no noticeable degradation to my tone or signal :thumbsup:
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  3. qersty


    Aug 15, 2012
    That radial should work well and assure low noise and stuff. Lehle P-Split is another really high-quality alternative if you just want to split the signal
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  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    What about using the line out from amp 1 to amp 2?
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  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Get the Radial, its flexibility solves all sorts of headaches when it comes to phase compatibility.
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
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  6. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    line out from main (clean) amp into input on smaller dirty amps imput. fx loop the dirt and cut the eq to taste
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  7. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    It might work OK, or might create a ground loop and cause AC noise.

    The Radial BigShot has an isolation transformer to prevent the formation of a ground loop, so that's the "proper/correct" way to do this, especially if you intend to take this setup to other places like a gig.
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  8. Ludatripp


    Mar 15, 2020
    Those of you running 2 amp setups: what EQ settings do you use on each amp? Mostly highs on one/mostly lows on the other? What EQ settings for dry and what EQ settings for dirty? I am looking for ideas to get a nice textured tone but can't dial in anything I like so far.