Using bass head for recording without cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PB2578, Aug 9, 2021.

  1. PB2578

    PB2578 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2018
    Hello all, I have a GK1001RB which is my main bass head. When I record bass, I just use the DI out from the head into my interface. Would it harm the head at all to simply record without the head being plugged into a cab? Thus, the head would be on with no sound physically coming out of anywhere, just the DI signal.

    Just looking for easier recording without damaging anything, thanks yall :)
  2. beatmachine pro

    beatmachine pro Inactive

    Jun 13, 2021
    no its fine
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  3. Totally fine. That's exactly how I recorded my last album.
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  4. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Tube amps need to see resistance at the output and thus need a dummy load. I believe yours is all solid state and you should be fine.
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  5. Basslice

    Basslice Supporting Member

    May 11, 2008
    Western Massachusetts
    My SWR Redhead has a "speaker off" switch for that purpose.