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Use of Line-Out on an amplifier

DRGK

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I have yet to find clear information on the use of the line out function so that I don't damage my equipment and that I also get the most out of the overall sound of my amp.

I own an Orange 30 watt crush amplifer (which is solidstate I believe) that sounds decent but I don't really care a great deal for the stock speaker. So I was thinking about replacing the speaker with another one but then I remembered there is a line-out jack on the panel. I understand that this is not a speaker-out jack. However, I am interested in trying to hook it up to my 100watt tube marshall.

I needed to know a few things first:
1. Am I suppose to connect the line-out of the Orange to the guitar input or the fx loop of the marshall, or can I use either one? If so which one sounds better?

2. Do I make the connection with a speaker cable or will a guitar cable work just fine?

3. I also wanted to know whether or not I would be using the preamp or power amp of the marshall through this type of connection?

Thanks, you expert advice is welcome ;)
 

TweeDLX

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Speaker cable is for speakers, so use a guitar cable. The line out is for running to a recording device or mixer, so you want to be careful running into the front end of another amp. If you use the guitar input, you're using both pre and power in the Marshall, so set it for clean. Use the Orange to get your OD. You also may be putting too hot a signal into it.
 

Blix

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Hook the line out to the fx return of the Marshall, hey put some effects there, and you have a wet/dry rig going. :)
Start with the volume at zero and gradually bring it up.
 

elkym

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+1 on putting into the FX loop. I'm not sure exactly what your line out is (schematically speaking) but you're much safer going in to your fx loop. I would not try plugging into your Marshall's input jack-- even if you don't fry anything, you'll reach saturation in the first gain stage-- and you won't like the sound, IMO.
 

DRGK

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Thanks!! I'm excited about the new info, and I'm eager to hear what it sounds like...
 

phsyconoodler

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The difference from line level to instrument level is about 1/2 a volt.Line out typically being up to 1 volt and most instrument levels are about 1/2 volt.It would be like hitting the front end of your amp with an active guitar.You can obviously adjust the volume on the amp so it's not clipping so hard.It's like hammering the input with a clean boost pedal.Too loud?Turn it down.
 




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