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How to play at night?

nutstae

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hi guys

I was wondering if there is a device or pedal that can help me to play at night silently via headset.

I tried to just plug my headset to end of my pedal, but it sounded really bad, and was informed that it is b/c it does not have any amp sim in my chain. (also was informed that multi effecters usually contain amp simulater in it)

this is my set up now
Amp<VP<dd-7<OCD<severe<guitar

as you can see I only have single pedals.
When I used to have ME-70 multi effecter, it had

aux, headset ports so that I was able to play guitar at night.

now I sold Me-70 and I do not have way to do such,

what is the best way to do this?

I am also looking for the one with direct recording system to pc if possible.

I am not going for professional device that costs thousands of dollars,

maybe around 100~200 dollars? not sure It would be great if I can

have many options in wide range of prices so that I can check them out,

I am not having "getting a cheap multi effecter" as an option though

I really want to practice at night! help!

Thank you
 

Nathan

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I'm in the same boat, I haven't figured out a good way to do it yet, I have a Vox amplug, simple, effective but sounds like a $30 solution. I then got a Vox Jamvonx but it required having a computer to hook up to, also not great sounding but a lot more fun features. I thought of a Weber unit or an isolation cabinet, but can't be bothered. In short, I just don't practice! Thanks, kids.
 

memoryman81

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Have you tried an attenuator? It won't make your amp silent but can quiet it down a bit. Otherwise you'll need to get a divide that would substitute your amp all together (which I wouldn't want to do...) but if you just want to be able to practice with headphones and/or record to your computer you have a couple options...depending on what computer you have you can simply get a 1/4 to 1/8th" adapter and plug it into a mic input on your computer (if it has one) then use something like GarageBand (or a pc equvalent) to monitor your sound. If you don't have a mic input m-audio make the "fast track" which is a USB interface that will do the same thing (only $100). Just plug your guitar straight into it (from your pedals). If a computer solution is out then you may want to look into an amp that has a headphone jack (I have a traynor ycv20wr that is a good little amp and works great for this kind of thing).
 

Godspeed64

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Vox Amplug AC30 edition. Sometimes when I hear the tone and compare it to the amount I spent on my Night Train I do a face palm.
 

Flyin' Brian

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Enjoy the clarity and joy of unadorned pristine musical notes and play unplugged. An added plus? It will really let you know what part of your playing needs to be worked on.
 

cram

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Enjoy the clarity and joy of unadorned pristine musical notes and play unplugged. An added plus? It will really let you know what part of your playing needs to be worked on.
a few things came to mind here -

1 - I agree with what Flyin' Brian says here. I have a sound isolated studio quality room in my basement where I can turn my amp up, but for times when I'm working through something on the guitar, I do enjoy being in a couple other rooms at night; unplugged and concentrating on my task.

2 - POD or even the multi effect unit you've sold came to mind or anything similar. In my view, if the draw of having processed/amplified sound is what you're after in the hours of rest for the normal people around you (yes, not the super human musicians... :) ), then I would look for something that accomplishes that in a good way. A compact mutli-effect unit like the POD is designed for just what you're describing.

3 - Warning: redneck alert!!!! Do you have speakers meant for a computer handy? Like, one of those 2 speaker units that can plug into the back of your computer for an input. If you do, then you could get a mono 1/8 to 1/4'' jack to use the output of your pedals into this and then plug your earphones into the speakers/amp.

That last one was something I've done in a pinch, while at a relative's house, bored with a BD-2 and a DD-7 and a guitar. I basically patched the pedals into the computer's amp system and jammed away. It didn't sound that great, but it was fun. If you want to you could just put the earphones in there.
 

IRG

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Another idea is a Fender Mustang I or II amp. They are $99 and $199. Solid State amps, but the reviews of it in the digital and modeling forum are pretty good. Headphpones out, plus usb connection to Fender Fuse software, which can change the effects and modeling options on the amp too. Seems really cool for the $. I'm thinking about getting the 8" model just for headphone use, and to record to computer. A nice play at night solution while everyone else is sleeping.
 

memoryman81

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yeah, that EHX headphone amp looks like a great solution (especially for that price). You're not looking to achieve the greatest tone here...just practice mainly...so this seems like a great option.

Well, you did mention something about recording to your computer...so that probably wouldn't work for that application....But for those times when you just want to practice, I'd still go that route. Then look into a cheap interface for recording to your computer
 

johnh

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The EHX box sounds like exactly what you're looking for. The Bad Monkey has a mixer output. Not sure if that would work for headphones.
 

tri99er

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Not the cheapest route, but I have been more than satisfied with Amplitube3 and some impulses, but if you don't have an audio interface it could start getting pricey, plus the right headphones and such.

The EHX headphone amp looks pretty good though.
 

The_Wretched

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I use the Pocket Pod. It does have issues tho...

Lots of noise!!! Any high gain/med gain effects are super noisy. I thought it was my guitar/cable at first... but nope.

It's constantly forgetting the settings. Even real time settings. I set it up. Adjust the volume knob... gone! Then I have to do them again.

Delay sucks on it. It's not very clear and it has no way of doing dotted 8th. I use a lot of that... so that's why its important to me.

You can get some good tones out of it. The High Gain British sound is good. The Rat Rage is my favourite.

That's just my take.
 

orogeny

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RP355 :) Great as practice tool and to record to a pc.
i have an older rp300a. you can find these for pennies. like 25-50 bucks. headphone out. . . . other thoughts are the roland micro cube (EXCELLENT!), AND the zoomh2, or zoom h4. my experience with all of these has been great.
 

voorhiessa

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Not entirely sure, but the Digitech cheap line of pedals (Bad Monkey, etc) all have cabinet simulators built in, which can be plugged directly into a mixer. It has a separate output for this, and you have to engage it some way.

Perhaps this would work: plugging headphones into the mixer out?

I second the RP355, excellent pedal, amazing the tones and features for only $199 new.
 




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