Two amps as one?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pgnbstrd, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. Hey there everyone I have a question for you.
    I have an ampeg b4r head. I am getting a carvin r1000 head.
    I want to use both amps to power my cabs. ( an eden 410xlt, andpeg 410bsehlf and an sonic 18)
    Can i run the direct out from my ampeg into the input for my carvin then power the eden with the carvin and the other two with the ampeg?
    Or is there a better way to do this, ie using the carvin direct out into the ampeg as a preamp input?
    Any ideas or thoughts you might have would be great.
  2. Good Lord Man! Use an A/B box and split the signal to the input of each amp.
  3. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    Well, whats the difference in using an A/B box and just running

    Bass -> Input of Amp 1 -> Line out of amp 1 -> Input of Amp 2

    Either way you're going to be getting different tones out of each amp, so it's not going to matter anyways, is it?
  4. acording to the manual for the ampeg when a plug is inserted in to the power amp input, it disabbles the ampeg preamp. So i shouldn't be getting two different tones right?
  5. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    I have a Carvin R1000 and R600 head. When I slave them together, I take the effects send of one into the effects return of the other. I can control the gain/preshape, etc. with the main preamp, but can adjust the graphic EQ for each respective amp because the effects loop comes after the initial preamp stage but before the graphic EQ (i.e., it is post-preamp but pre-EQ).

    Given the array of speakers you have, you probably will want to tailor your EQ for the different cabinets. Maybe you'll want to cut the extreme low bass to your 4x10s and boost it into the 1x18".

    If you want identical preamp and EQ outputs to all power amps, then take the preamp out of one and insert to the power amp input(s) of the other.

    It is interesting that you are going to be using those two heads. They seem to be very comparable in terms of power and features.

    - Mike
  6. It is interesting that you are going to be using those two heads. They seem to be very comparable in terms of power and features.

    - Mike [/B][/QUOTE]
    That's what I thought as well.. I was going to buy a carvin 1000 power amp and use that but I'm trading a spector i no loger use( i've got a new carvin on it's way). so I figured I'd use both amp to thier fullest
  7. If you didn't already get the carvin head, get a carvin power amp, that's what it sounds like your looking for. It'll save you cash and be the most efficient method.
  8. It's not costing me any cash I'm trading for a bass I no longer use..
  9. still, there's no point to get an r1000 as oppose to a DCM1000. Redardless of cost, getting a power amp makes more sense.
  10. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    Oh my gosh...I hope Nino isn't anywhere around here:p:D
  11. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    2 amps as 1? Is this amp mating season? :eek:

    ...Sorry, I couldn't resist... :D
  12. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    Actually I debated this myself after having the R600. I wanted more power, and decided that if I got the R1000, I'd have tons more options PLUS a second complete head in case the first one died on a gig. In other words, I'd have a backup head that I could use if I needed it - or combine both heads for up to 1600 watts of power. It's really not a bad idea if one dreads the idea of "losing his head" during a performance. The other thing is, with the second complete head, one can set up different EQs to each cabinet, which isn't a bad idea for the originator of this thread.
    - Mike