Blackstar HT fx return question

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  1. Gonkboy

    Gonkboy Member

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    I played a show last night and was setting up my gear. The amp was a Blackstar HT. i use an AMT C2 pedal so went about setting it up. I plugged into the effects return (as i always do with other amps) but there was no sound. If i plugged into the front of the amp there was no problem, so all the cables worked fine.
    So what was i doing wrong? Why was there no sound when i went straight into the fx return?
     
  2. Killed_by_Death

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    You need to enable the loop:

    Effects Loop Level:
    "The Effect Loop Level switch sets the effects loop to either +4dBV/-10dBV, which enables you to use it with either professional equipment (+4dBV setting), or with guitar level effects such as effects pedals (-10dBV setting)"

    That's right out of the amp's manual.
     
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  3. lowpaygigs

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    Or you had the send and receive backwards, which is not uncommon.
     
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  4. lowpaygigs

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    Let me add, I have been guilty of setting up a loop backwards when having to hastily get my rig ready at a show. My policy in life is to learn from my failure prone self and to apply the policy of idiot proofing. In the case of an fx loop, I put red tape on the send and the same on the cable that I use for it; likewise, blue tape on the receive and matching cable. I simply match the color and plug in the cable. This arrangement makes sure dummy me gets my cords right but unfortunately doesn't help me get the other chords right!
     
  5. Gonkboy

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    Hey folks,
    Thanks for the replies. The amp was provided by the venue. All the shows i play have an amp provided by the venue. That's why i use the AMT pedal and wasn't able to read the manual.
    I also didn't have the send and receive confused. In all other amps i have plugged directly into the fx return and had no problems.
    I just want to work out what went wrong so i'm prepared if it ever happens again.
     
  6. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    which HT was it?
     
  7. UnderTheGroove

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    We have these Blackstars where I teach. You have to plug a dummy cable (or even just a 1/4 inch plug) in to the front input on the amp to be able to get sound when just using the FX loop return. I use it this way with my Helix. I'm not sure why...
     
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  8. lowpaygigs

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    Because it does not have a stand by switch. No cable in the jack puts it into stand by mode. In the manual.
     
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  9. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    there you go!
    you can probably turn down the preamp gain, too, in order to avoid additional noise, ┬┐yes?

    but, alternatively:
    have you tried putting the dummy-plug into the FX-send, instead?
    just wondering.....
     
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