Amp Head- no speakers load problem

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  1. mattthefiddler

    mattthefiddler Member

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    In a couple situations that I will play in, my sound guys are telling me I will likely need to use my Egnater 4100 head with no speakers (and just use the recording out/ speaker simp that is on the amp) This is not ideal. but it is this or a Pod. :/ Though suposidly the line out on the egnaters sounds good!

    I know that I need a load and or speakers attached to the amp if it is on.

    Sooooo...
    What are my options on creating a silent load for the amp? I would look at a 50 watt load or so... the ohms I can switch. I don't mind sodering something myself.. but I surly don't need to put the $300 hotplates/ speaker sims or other Pricy items on there, do I?
     
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    Weber Load Dump or Minimass is exactly what the doctor ordered.....
     
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    Tell 'em to get stuffed!

    Otherwise, the correct ohm Hot Plate will do exactly what you want, but the Weber would be a lot cheaper. If you really can't have an amp on stage, a Pod may actually be your best bet, and lot easier to carry around!
     
  5. mattthefiddler

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    I have a GT-8 currently, and access to an X3... but really prefer to go the amp route. I really like the tones I am able to get out of this head I have coming though.

    I am looking at the mass attenuators....
     
  6. trey85stang

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    the pod or gt8 would be a better bet since you will have cab sims available... If you just slap the line out into the board off a hotplate type device.. its will still sound like crap. You will need a speaker simulator in the mix as well.
     
  7. mattthefiddler

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    Well, my amp head has a line out that has a speaker sim built in. (Egnater 4100)

    It is tapped after the power amp... so I don't need line out's on the loads. Just a load so I can turn the darn amp on and use the existing recording line out.


    Though, I do have a boss GT-8. and I will likely use the 4 cable method, which involves using the effects loops on both so your tube amp is inserted in the loop of the GT8- and then the GT-8 sends it's signal to the power amp. I could always use it's speaker sims if I have problems.



    I emailed Egnater about this, but will putting a resister load on the power amp affect the tone coming off of the Amps recording output?
     
  8. bruce egnater

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    You must have a load as you stated. Any load resistor between 4 and 16 ohms will work fine. I suggest you use a 100 watt minimum resistor but set the Power Grid to a lower setting. Be aware the resistor will get hot so be careful to mount it away from other surfaces. The resistor may cause the amp to have a little different response than an actual speaker but it really is not of any concern with what you are doing.
     

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