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Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: August 13th, 2015, 5:15 am
by noobstring
Hi all, new here. I'm trying to find a digital audio interface to plug the output from my amp (a VOX AD30VT) but I'm a bit lost. Most guides I found recommend buying a microphone and connect it to the interface with an XLR cable. That's over my budget and wouldn't work anyway because I don't have a soundproof environment and I'd rather not include sounds from passing cars, whiny cats and aeroplanes. Are there any digital interfaces that have the standard 1/4" plug? Or am I missing something and I'd need some sort of preamp in between?

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: August 20th, 2015, 6:03 am
by Faith
Hi there.
Don't know if this is any good for you? I go from my amps output to an itrack solo connected to my ipad and record to that . Then I can send to computers , phones , Facebook ,utube etc. Cheers Gary

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: August 20th, 2015, 10:49 am
by noobstring
Thanks for the suggestion. I ended up getting a scarlett solo instead (no ipad here). Records instrument line fine, only need to test the line out from my amp. Shame I can't get it to work under linux and all the focusrite freebies need windows 9 etc but it will do for now.

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: September 10th, 2015, 4:11 pm
by Moonrider
noobstring wrote:Hi all, new here. I'm trying to find a digital audio interface to plug the output from my amp (a VOX AD30VT) but I'm a bit lost. Most guides I found recommend buying a microphone and connect it to the interface with an XLR cable. That's over my budget and wouldn't work anyway because I don't have a soundproof environment and I'd rather not include sounds from passing cars, whiny cats and aeroplanes. Are there any digital interfaces that have the standard 1/4" plug? Or am I missing something and I'd need some sort of preamp in between?
This will do the trick for you.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... oCVkDw_wcB

The line inputs can accept the line level output of the line/phone jack. Note that this will cut OFF the amp speaker, so you will have to monitor through speakers attached to the interface via the line outs, or through headphones.

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: September 17th, 2015, 8:27 am
by noobstring
Moonrider wrote:
noobstring wrote:Hi all, new here. I'm trying to find a digital audio interface to plug the output from my amp (a VOX AD30VT) but I'm a bit lost. Most guides I found recommend buying a microphone and connect it to the interface with an XLR cable. That's over my budget and wouldn't work anyway because I don't have a soundproof environment and I'd rather not include sounds from passing cars, whiny cats and aeroplanes. Are there any digital interfaces that have the standard 1/4" plug? Or am I missing something and I'd need some sort of preamp in between?
This will do the trick for you.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... oCVkDw_wcB

The line inputs can accept the line level output of the line/phone jack. Note that this will cut OFF the amp speaker, so you will have to monitor through speakers attached to the interface via the line outs, or through headphones.
Man, 49.95 would have been perfect instead of 100 for the Scarlett I got. Is the sound off of it as good as the Scarlett?

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: October 12th, 2016, 3:44 pm
by TonyFretless
noobstring wrote:Thanks for the suggestion. I ended up getting a scarlett solo instead (no ipad here). Records instrument line fine.....
Add to this that the new "second generation" Focusrite Scarlett kit is even better than previously.

I had the 18i6 for about 3 years. It died on me in July. Replaced on a good deal from Focusrite (who deemed the 18i6 beyond reasonable repair). I now have a second generation 18i8. Improvements over earlier model include even better overload headroom; lower noise; greater sensitivity on the instrument inputs whilst also having "even more" of the classic Focusrite sound than before.

If home studio really doesn't afford microphone work (I can understand this; there's a busy mainline railway track passing the far end of my garden!), then the instrument in of the Focusrite kit is an excellent option.

Should find, though, that a mic like the SM57 (or 545, or even the cheap (discontinued) Prolog 10) used close to the speaker in your amp should reject most external noise - those mics are designed only to pick up sound sources fairly close to them.

Re: Kinda lost on how to record directly off the amp

Posted: October 13th, 2016, 12:15 am
by TonyFretless
noobstring wrote:
Moonrider wrote:
Man, 49.95 would have been perfect instead of 100 for the Scarlett I got. Is the sound off of it as good as the Scarlett?
No.