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Safely run a guitar head into my board?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by therecordingart, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    This is a dumb question! How do I safely run a guitar head through my board. I'm guessing with a DI Box, but can you safely just run out of the heads main out into the line in on the board?

    If I need a DI what do you advise on?
     
  2. vladlv

    vladlv Guest

    plug guitar into DI, then, return from DI plug into Amp, them mic the Amp, and plug both from DI Output and Mic (after preamp)
    into Souncard Line-input.
    combine both sounds, and you will get good guitar sound.
     
  3. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    You CANNOT safely run a guitar head direct into your board.

    It can be done with other equipment, but the use of a speaker and cabinet imparts so much alteration to the tone (removing 'fizz') that there is no earthly reason to except for that 80s clean DI sound, and a head is a fairly unncessary part of that chain.

    An insufficient load on the amps output transformers will blow your tube amp tfs, and your desk as well.

    A transistor amp may have a DI output but the sound will still be fizzy.

    Why do you want to do this? What made you think it would be worthwhile? If I am missing something I will try to help.
     
  4. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sure you can, I do it all the time. You must buy a DI box that has a Amplifier in connection. This will pad down the head and also load it so that you don't blow any tubes/transformers.

    You can get a cheap ProCo that will do this all day long.

    Chris
     
  5. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    [quote="Jeemy"}
    It can be done with other equipment, but the use of a speaker and cabinet imparts so much alteration to the tone (removing 'fizz') that there is no earthly reason to except for that 80s clean DI sound, and a head is a fairly unncessary part of that chain.[/quote]


    Maybe it's just me, but every commercial studio I recorded at ran the head direct for a few of the million layers that my band would record. That is how we got the overly crisp highs and kinda boomy lows. Mixing that behind a mic'd cab did two things for us....pretty much eliminated EQ and got us another guitar take to beef it up. In my opinion this approach is a little like mic'ing the bottom of a snare....by itself its shitty, but mixed with the top it's great!
     

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