One amp - Two separate cabs - Is a Stereo set-up possible?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Jean-Francois Quevillon, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Bobby Brown

    Bobby Brown Member

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    What you are trying to do is a good idea if you want to experiment new configurations looking for some new sounds, that's all...
    With a stereo made of two different amps you can find out a lot of good sounds...two good sounding amps and cabs can compensate each other in a full and rich sound but outside your room, at stage volumes, is something of acoustically unusable and uncomfortable, with everything different from two identical amps (and tubes) you'll fight with different headroom and breakup points, different pedal responses, different EQs with weird phase canceling here and there. You can have a lot of fun with it but forget about it for live situations or the man at the mixer will put you down from the stage. I have some amps and cabs, a power station, some preamp pedals, a stereo pedalboard with bigsky, timeline, corona...a stereo looper/switcher...some ground loop killers...it's all very fun and all very complex and uncomfortable so if you really need a real and usable stereo rig for your stereo pedals, your live audiance, and your sound guy, go for a second mesa tc-50, it's the only good way.
     
  2. rumbletone

    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    What PhilC said. One approach is to go stereo only after the FX send but A/B between the two amp’s preamps (which is relatively easy with a simple loop switcher). For example, two identical heads using one preamp for clean tones and one for dirty, and the FX send of whichever one is active feeds the first stereo device in the chain, then last stereo device feeds the respective FX returns. So at any given time one preamp is active, but both power sections are always active.

    In all of these scenarios, ground loops are a potential issue that should be considered - for example, isolating with audio transformers at strategic spots in the chain.

     
  3. rumbletone

    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    For sure it’s more money - but even in a single head it’s 2 full power sections instead of one - so twice the power tubes, twice the OT, more current required from the power supply, etc.
     
  4. donfrantz

    donfrantz Yo! You stealin’ all the cool. Silver Supporting Member

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  5. Jimmy_Rage

    Jimmy_Rage Member

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    The Diezel VH4S can do this as well.
     
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  6. rumbletone

    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    62 lbs! Which is still lighter than an SVT... but still massive for a guitar head.
     
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  7. davidespinosa

    davidespinosa Supporting Member

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    Go wet/dry, with a "pedalboard power amp" for the wet side.
    Some small amps:
    * Quilter InterBlock 45
    * Quilter MicroBlock 45
    * Quilter ToneBlock
    * Duncan Powerstage 170
    * Ethos Power Amp
    * Orange Pedal Baby
    * ISP Stealth
     

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