Setting up for recording? Before you start up in the process, you must jot down some important details on how to make your recording cool without blowing out the equipment.
When recording setup is done in the right way, you’ll get a rewarding sound. If it is not, all you can get is a terrible sound. What’s worse is that it can damage your equipment – badly. So, how can you get the sound of a guitar, amp, speaker, and other recording equipment onto to the right track?
Here, we will discuss further the amp first. Then, you’ll learn how to match amplifiers with speakers. And let’s see if we can connect them both directly.
What is an Amplifier?
Amplifier or a power amplifier is a device that amplifies electrical signals. It happened when the electrical signal has been adjusted to an appropriate volume and tone provided by the mixer in a way that can be converted to acoustic sounds, through the use of speakers.
Amplifiers come in various types. Knowing them is important to find its speaker match.
Stand-Alone Power Amplifiers
This amplifier is a general purpose type. It amplifies signals being sent from mixers in order to make the speakers generate sound as it is. Most stand-alone amplifiers can be installed together in racks. Such installation makes it comparatively easy for users to create a large-scale PA system.
Powered Mixers (mixers with built-in amp)
This type of amp thing comes with a built-in power amplifier where the mixer and power amplifier need a power supply. Since the mixer and power amplifier are being put together into the PA system, one power supply connection would be enough. Thus, there are lesser connections required.
Powered Speakers (speakers with built-in amp)
Speakers with built-in power amp are known as powered speakers. Its built-in amplifier is designed specifically for the speaker. And because of that, the speaker and amp combination offers superior compatibility letting the speaker perform best. What makes this type even better is that the mixer output can be connected directly to the powered speaker so there would only be lesser cables to use.
TIPS: To create a PA system with fewer connections, use either a powered mixer or powered speaker which will make the building as easy as possible. For a higher level system expansion, stand-alone amplifiers might be ideal.
How to Match Amp and Speaker
Speakers and amplifiers are two different components that won’t work well once the matching is not done that right. One of the most important elements of this job is the system matching and that’s all about synergy. Whether you want a two-channel stereo system or a multi-channel home theater setup, going for an amp and speaker combos that comes with the right synergy would be something we can call a great match.
However, getting the right synergy right from the start is a lot more beneficial since every hi-fi and home theater enthusiasts may encounter something that breaks and makes the sound quality in the end.
Recording Amp’s Speaker Output
So you have a cool amp and speaker and you want to make a recording without a mic. How would you record the speaker signal then?
You think you don’t need the amp. Feeding the speaker output of the guitar amp to the channel strip should work. Really?
Plugging your guitar combo into your audio interface and do the sound monitoring is something you want to try. Do you think that idea is not going to ruin your amp?
Above are the three most common cases when it comes to the matter of making a good sound recording without getting the equipment from blowing up. You probably think of trying any of these circumstances but for safety purposes, it’s a big NO. You can’t make any safe and sound connections by putting them on directly or you’ll ruin the amp or other equipment you use. Remember that amps and speaker cables carry high voltages enough to make your thing paralyze.
Some kind of loadbox is needed to prevent the amp from ruining. It is also essential to make the raw signal comes out as a line or mix level. Since you can’t connect the head of the speaker to an interface without any damages, you need to find a way to avoid it.
There are a few ways to get a signal out of your amp and into an audio interface even without the use of a mic. One way is to use a D.I Box that is specifically designed to handle the speaker output. You can plug the speaker into it, pass through to the speaker and get the D.I out of the box to your interface.
In setting things up in recording, you can’t directly connect everything. Remember that you’re dealing with wires and cables that carry high voltages in order to make the connection. Don’t forget to seek help from the experts before you start the process.
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