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Using an amp for DI-only home studio work

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pravus, May 2, 2015.


  1. pravus

    pravus

    Feb 5, 2013
    Broomfield, CO
    Just curious if there is anything that I would need to know in order to use an amp as DI-only for home studio recording. I've amassed a small collection of amps that I have connected through a mixer and an audio interface for recording. I live in a small apartment so mic'ing cabs isn't really an option although I may play around with it at some point.

    One thing that got me concerned was I read that if an amp isn't connected to a speaker load you might blow out its output transformer. Since I run DI-only I haven't been connecting any of my cabs as I play. I'm wondering if this will eventually cause problems. I also wonder what other information I may be missing. Anything I should worry about or is it really just as easy as plug and play?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Solid state is fine without a cab. Tube amps are not. The only exception for SS amps is the Warwick Hellborg power amp and a couple ancient McIntosh amps.
     
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  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I have used a Mesa M9 in the studio with no speakers. Great big booty!
     
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  4. pravus

    pravus

    Feb 5, 2013
    Broomfield, CO
    Just to be specific, are you talking about the power amp section being tubes? For example I have a Genz Benz GBE1200 with both a FET and tube pre-amp section but the power section is non-tube. And my SVP-Pro should be designed for this type of thing even though it's a tube preamp, right? I don't think I have anything with an actual tube power section.
     
  5. Yes only amps with a tube output section (with one obscure exception) and the Hellborg SS. Tube preamp is fine.
     
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  6. Jhclark

    Jhclark

    Jul 13, 2014
    Philadelphia
    If I plug in my new yorkville BassMaster 800 without a speaker and blow it up, I'm coming back here to bitch ;)
     
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