Vox amPlug Bass

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Colin Drummey, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. So for Christmas 2014 I got myself a Vox amPlug after learning that it lets me record into my laptop (it's also a pretty handy and great sounding gadget aswell) however I'm struggling to actually use this function. I have a trial version of Reaper downloaded at the moment and my setup is that my headphones are plugged into the amPlug and I have an auxiliary cable going from the amPlug into the microphone input of my laptop, when I go to record it's barely picking up any sound whatsoever.

    Just wondering if anyone who has one of these and has managed to record before could help me out? Looking to start a cover channel and maybe start working on some solo projects on YouTube with this.
  2. I bought one of those too and oh my god I love it. I can practice anywhere, anytime, including work (I've only been playing bass for two months).

    I haven't tried interfacing it to my laptop but at a guess I think you'd have to go into your laptop from the Vox headphone jack instead of the aux? The aux is where I plug in my phone for music playback into the Vox.

    I suppose that poses a problem with hearing what you're playing unless you can get it from the laptop somehow and without too much delay. Maybe it can be split between headphones and laptop?
  3. SpikyAndrew


    Jun 24, 2014
    This sounds like you connected your laptop to the aux in socket, which would explain why you got no signal. :)

    I've tried recording while splitting my output between headphones and my computer (using a mini jack splitter). The only problems are that your sound card might overload before you reach enough volume to monitor your playing thru headphones, and that if you use a backing track/song, it will get recorded too. I got around this by editing backing tracks in Audacity - if you set it to mono and change the balance, you'll be able to isolate your bass from the recording.

    That's nowhere near proffessional, but neither is my bass playing. :)
  4. Boom762

    Boom762 I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Alpine, TX
    Let us know if you fix it and how. I'm going through something similar.
  5. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    You may be recording from the built-in mic on the laptop instead of the mic jack. I do this all the time with Skype. I haven't used Reaper but there should be someway to select which interface you're recording from. If there isn't then do it through the audio settings in the Windows Control Panel.
  6. I tried your approach of plugging it into the headphone jack and it worked! However there is a strong buzzing noise present which is a little bothersome but I'm sure there's a way to fix that. You're right about being unable to hear what I'm playing when it comes to recording though, I haven't quite figured that stage out yet.. I'm sitting my state exams this year so finding the spare time is turning out to very difficult.
  7. If you press the 'on/off' button (don't hold it just press it) the amp will cycle through different sound profiles, I think there are three to choose from. That might eliminate the buzzing you hear. The different profiles offer things which are beyond my knowledge as a beginning bassist, I just choose the one that gives me the cleanest tone in my headphones.