FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

MOD KITS DIY

Apex Tube Matching

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

Jensen Loudspeakers

Antique Electronics Supply

Amplified Parts

Sweetwater

WD Music


* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder

LOST YOUR PASSWORD?

......................................................................

   
FDP Jam
Calendar
Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Is a Load Box Required when amp direct connected to audio interface?

toleolu

USA

Jan 31st, 2019 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a BassBreaker 15, love the amp, I record by connecting the XLR line out directly to my audio interface, cabinet emulation and mute both turned on.

I recently posted on my audio software forum, mentioned how I was doing this, and received a response back that doing it this way could and I quote "damage the amp and be potentially dangerous", that I needed to be connected to a load box or cabinet before connecting to the audio interface.

Been recording like this for over a year, no problems, but I thought I would post here just to make sure.

Am I OK connecting the amp to the interface like this?

Many Thanks



Leftee
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
**********

VA

Toxic Humility
Jan 31st, 2019 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’d look in the manual. If you don’t have one you can find it online. Some tube amps set up for direct recording can be run without a load. I’m not sure about these.

toleolu

USA

Jan 31st, 2019 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, the manual doesn't have any warnings or cautions regarding doing this. I may have not been in the correct manual as it was pretty basic, pretty much just identifying the functions of the different knobs and buttons and such. Which got me thinking that if this was an issue, there would be something in there. I'm just wanting to be sure as I love this amp and don't want to blow it up.



reverendrob
FDP Data Goon
Moderator

She hath it all,

& hath no need of thee.
Jan 31st, 2019 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, it's usually a touted feature, and I don't see it listed as one.

Even the best of them is a confusing mess as far as explanation - an example was finding out whether the Marshall DSL1 could run with a load *and* the DI (since the DI on it is an attenuator and adds its own load).

toleolu

USA

Jan 31st, 2019 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, and I agree that if something like this were an issue, even the most basic documentation would mention it. Imagine all the grief they would get by people blowing up their equipment over a known issue like this and not mentioning it.

Thanks to all, I really appreciate it.

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Feb 3rd, 2019 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

The specs on Fender's Website include, "Power amp mute for silent, direct playing."

That tells me that switching on the mute function does something such as cut power to the grids of the power tubes--which prevents voltage from hitting the output transformer.

Which means you are perfectly safe doing it the way you've been doing it.

reverendrob
FDP Data Goon
Moderator

She hath it all,

& hath no need of thee.
Feb 5th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, that's certainly an odd one (given most folks seem to want power tube distortion on this sort of thing0, but...I don't understand modern Fender.

I have a Weber Mini Mass for my HRD that lets me go silent with it, and run into a speaker IR it's remarkably good. Even without it's passable.

FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Is a Load Box Required when amp direct connected to audio interface?




Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:




Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Furtkamp.com 
Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2019 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved