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Svt 3-Pro with a power amp???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mrbrian, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. mrbrian


    Aug 9, 2005
    OK...here goes....(deep breath)

    I have an svt-3 pro and love the preamp tone off it, but I need more power.
    Instead of selling the head, buying a preamp (svp-pro or the like), and going though all the trouble, I was thinking about just keeping the head (using the preamp side of it) and just adding a power amp (qsc-plx, or the like)....

    how to run it?
    do i have to use the effects out?
    how it all works?

    Did a search on this matter specifically, and couldn't come up with anything.

    all and any info is great here!

    Thanks in advance,
  2. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In
    I don't know for sure but if you have an effects out on it, you could run a regular instrument plug from that into the power amp.

    Not 100% sure on that one though, somebody will come along and clear it up if I don't know what I'm talking about.

  3. mrbrian


    Aug 9, 2005
    dude! unreal response time....!!!
    keep it comin guys..and thanks!
  4. softscrubmonkey


    Nov 19, 2004
    St. Louis
    yes you can do that, you have to run it from the "pre amp out" in the back of your head into the power amp. im not quite sure if you use standard instrument cable or speaker cable. but you dont use the effects loop out. the pre amp out well send the preamp signal to any power amp of your choice.

    i dont say this in a mean way or anything, but a look at the manual will sort this all out :D
  5. mrbrian


    Aug 9, 2005

    wish i had one! any link would be appreciated! and thanks for the info.
  6. softscrubmonkey


    Nov 19, 2004
    St. Louis

    ther ya go

    and yeah it says shielded instrument cable. so there ya go. and as far as suggestions for a power amp, look into the qsc plx, or for budget check out the qsc rmx series. from my searching you can get real good prices on qsc amps from http://www.northernsound.net/ good luck man :bassist:
  7. 12bass


    Jan 2, 2003
    Victoria, Canada
    Have you tried setting the Tube Gain at 10? That will give you the most gain.
  8. mrbrian


    Aug 9, 2005
    thanks!!!! im printing it out now!

    and 12bass...Thats where I always keep it, so to answer your question..yes i keep the tube gain at 10 and the master all the way up, and only adjust the gain.
  9. 8mmOD


    Mar 20, 2005
    I endorse & use Tech 21 pedals, Eminence loaded cabs, EMG pickups, Jim Dunlop picks & Ernie Ball Strings, BC Rich Basses.
    Are you using the ultra low button? I am going to PM you some settings that I have found to work great for me.
  10. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    one thing that I think is a must is to run it with the graphic on with the slider on the far right (level boost) all the way up. I rarely use the eq, just the level slider. I found the amp to be very quiet without that boost--and having the eq on doesn't seem to affect the tone badly--it's the same, just louder....keep the tube gain knob up too, i usually have it at about 3 o'colck. try it, maybe you won't need the extra power amp.
  11. mrbrian


    Aug 9, 2005
    well to all...
    I added an eden 410xlt...SOLVED THE PROBLEM!!!
    man the thing is freakin loud now. I always had the tube gain all the way up, and the eq post all the way up, but it never used to be enough! Man, now i can turn the gain to past 5(blowing out my ears mind you) and it still will not "flash" on me! HOLY CRAP. BUY EDEN! Sounds great too!