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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender BassBreaker Cabinet Emulation Question



May 23rd, 2019 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using my BassBreaker 15 for home recording and I've noticed that I get a much higher, brighter tone when connecting the XLR line out to my interface, with the Cabinet Emulation button pushed in, versus micing the amp. I've included two samples below:

This is Direct In:


This is with the amp mic'd:


No settings on the amp or guitar were changed for these samples.

Should there be such a dramatic difference in tone, or is it possible that there is a problem with the cabinet emulation circuitry in the amp?

I record at home so micing the amp isn't really an option for me, acoustics, neighbors, that kind of thing.




May 23rd, 2019 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Spoke with a Fender rep and what my amp is doing is pretty much the way it is.

Decided to stay with the XLR line in and then use my Boogex plugin for just the cabinet emulation.

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May 28th, 2019 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've not owned that amp, but I'm guessing the difference is because the direct out is a line-level signal (~.5 to 2.5 volts AC).

Increased voltage affects frequency, and that probably explains the tonal difference when compared to the mic-level signal (~5 to 50 millivolts AC).

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