Use the line out from the amp or mic it?

Badfrog

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Long story short, I've got a BeatBuddy pedal arriving today and I'd like to use it in conjunction with my Boss RC-3 looping pedal to make my own backing tracks. Normally that's not a big deal but I'd like to add bass or guitar to these tracks.

Most of the time I'll play back these tracks from the Boss thru a PA speaker (which I've already got he necessary cables and whatnot to accomplish that). However, what is going to be the best way to add my bass and/or guitar sounds to the looping pedal? Should I connect the line out on my amp to the pedal or should I mic it and run that to the pedal? Which option is going to sound best? Also, what cables or items do I need to make that hook up? (I've never used line out or a mic)
 

HerrRentz

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You'll have to try it and see. There is no one right way to do it as long as your in's & out's are correct.
 

aleclee

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If your amp's line out doesn't have a speaker sim, you're probably looking at using a mic or external sim like a Red Box.
 

Badfrog

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If your amp's line out doesn't have a speaker sim, you're probably looking at using a mic or external sim like a Red Box.
I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have a speaker sim. What kind of cables would I use to connect amp to the speaker sim and then the speaker sim to the looping pedal?
 

riffmeister

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I prefer a microphone (SM57) to the my Mesa Cab Clone. That said, there are better units available than the Cab Clone for getting the amp direct into the PA......
 

aleclee

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I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have a speaker sim. What kind of cables would I use to connect amp to the speaker sim and then the speaker sim to the looping pedal?
Probably 1/4", depending on the equipment involved. You'll probably also need a power soak if your amp doesn't have one and you want to run the amp without a load (cab).
 
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nsureit

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An emulated line out from a guitar amp is generally loaded with a speaker-sim signal. However, the sim sounds usually suck.

Use a mic.
 

GCDEF

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An emulated line out from a guitar amp is generally loaded with a speaker-sim signal. However, the sim sounds usually suck.
My experience is different. Most of them sound surprisingly good.
 

nsureit

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My experience is different. Most of them sound surprisingly good.
That's good to hear. My experience with two expensive amps, one a Marshall TSL-122, were underwhelming. Some amps are just meant to move air.
 




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