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V-Ampire LX112

Has anyone here used this amp (or similar) to record direct with?

I had an issue this weekend where the 1/4 inch Left/Stereo line out was creating a hum, but when I switched it to the Right output it went away. Also, I was reading that if you use the XLR cables it models a 4X12 cabinet very nicely. Any truth to this? Another thing is that even with the hum gone, my sounds is very bright and brittle, often coming out the studio speakers overdriven and accompanied by a high-end "sizzle" to the notes. Even bypassing the amp's circuitry creates a tone that is too bright for my liking. Plugging the same guitar/bass directly into the PC sounds nice and smooth, so it's not the recording settings.

I have had the amp for about 8 years, but I wrote and recorded mainly electronic music using synths and drum machines over that period of time. Now I'm getting into guitar-oriented music and want to utilize every aspect of this amp for what it's worth.

Any tips/advice will be helpful.
DavidScott Contributor - Level 1 2014-03-15

2014-03-15

V-Ampire LX112

Has anyone here used this amp (or similar) to record direct with?

I had an issue this weekend where the 1/4 inch Left/Stereo line out was creating a hum, but when I switched it to the Right output it went away. Also, I was reading that if you use the XLR cables it models a 4X12 cabinet very nicely. Any truth to this? Another thing is that even with the hum gone, my sounds is very bright and brittle, often coming out the studio speakers overdriven and accompanied by a high-end "sizzle" to the notes. Even bypassing the amp's circuitry creates a tone that is too bright for my liking. Plugging the same guitar/bass directly into the PC sounds nice and smooth, so it's not the recording settings.

I have had the amp for about 8 years, but I wrote and recorded mainly electronic music using synths and drum machines over that period of time. Now I'm getting into guitar-oriented music and want to utilize every aspect of this amp for what it's worth.

Any tips/advice will be helpful.

Contributor - Level 2

Re: V-Ampire LX112

Dear David Scott,

In regard to the extra high end you're hearing when not using the XLR outputs, you're likely hearing what an actual amplifier head sounds like when the tone it outputs is not being attenuated on the high end and the low end by a speaker and the enclosure it's in. A direct signal from an amp will always be brighter than the signal you hear through a speaker like this, since the speaker - especially in guitar cabinets - is purposefully tuned to not replicate the whole signal it's being fed. That's what your ears are used to hearing; your guitar signal, amplified and possibly distorted, being unfaithfully reproduced by a speaker! This is why, for instance, if you plug your guitar into a preamp and feed that into a powered PA speaker with a horn/tweeter, it sounds much different than a guitar amp would.

To get a sound more similar to what you would hear from a traditional guitar combo, you could either adjust your EQ to cut a lot of high end to get closer to the sound you want, or try using the XLR outs since they feature some attenuation of high end to emulate the internal speaker. As for the humming you mentioned, that's not normal, but if it's still present after trying a cable swap, please feel free to reach out to our CARE department at care@music-group.com. They may be able to assist you.

Thank you, and good luck!

Best regards,
Sean Fairchild
Specialist, Channel Marketing Prosumer Division
MUSIC Group
BEHRINGER
Best regards, Sean FAIRCHILD Specialist, Customer Experience Engagement MUSIC Group BEHRINGER