Use Effects Loop or Not Use, That is the Question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Mar 22, 2002.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Hello everyone,

    I just orderd an Aphex Aureal Exciter 104 C2 w/ Big Bottom. It is a 2 channel unit. My question is on how to properly hook it up with my head and 2 cabs. Do I put this right in the effect loop with one of the 2 channels OR do I run a cable from the output on the head into the input on the Aureal and then run from the output on the Aureal to the cab? This way I could use separate channels for each cab and tune them differently (I have a 4x10 and a 1x15). I'm not sure that the Aureal (or any effects box) is designed to have all of that wattage going thru it from the speaker on from the head. Please help before I potencially fry something, or just don't set it up properly.

    :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Use the FX loop!

    Never, i repeat NEVER connect anything but a speaker (or a power brake) to the speaker out of an amp.
    Your Aphex probably won't survive it and it can't drive a speaker on its own anyway.

    Rackmount FX go into the FX loop or between preamp and poweramp (which basically is the same thing). Stompboxes usually work best in front of the preamp.
  3. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Thanks JMX!!!!!!
  4. jamminji


    Mar 22, 2002
    That brings up a question jmx. Wheree would a multieffects unit go then. My bass30 manual shows it going either way. Which route would be best?

  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It doesn't really matter, it's pretty much the same thing. I'd put it into the FX loop, since then the input signal volume is only affected by your gain setting. Behind a preamp it can be affected by gain and preamp master volume, that may require more tweaking to get it right.
    Also, some FX loops are (foot-)switchable, you might want to use that feature.

    Also there are two kinds of loops, serial and parallel.

    A serial FX loop is just a gap in the signal chain to put FX into. 100% of the signal go through there.
    A parallel FX loop has a mixer, which allows to balance the ratio between dry (original signal) and wet (FX sound).
    Most amps have a serial FX loop.
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