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Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 18 2012, 01:41 AM
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Nowadays - I find myself practicing by going directly to the sound card interface and through the monitor speakers. I usually don't even take time to dial some great tone rather just go as direct as possible. I find this tone to be really cool sounding but when I recently played on my bass amp for a change - I was so surprised! THE TONE - what a huge difference. Especially in dynamics and all the percussive dead notes/scratches.

I really like that contrast when I go to a studio band practice and hear how my playing "really sounds"!
Always puts a smile on my face.

I still prefer to practice on through the interface just as its so handy - the less stuff I need to do in order to get setup for practice, the better for me! smile.gif


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post Dec 18 2012, 02:18 AM
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I just use my amp and have the backing track or what it might be run out through my computer speakers. Before I used my line 6 ux2 and guitar rig 5, but apparently I can't even get any sound out of it now, not sure what happened, suddenly one day there just wasn't any sound at all. But I actually prefer to use my amp! biggrin.gif


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post Dec 18 2012, 03:48 AM
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I have two setups - it depends on where I am at The Time...

At home I use :

My Guitar plugged into a tascam us, which is conected to a MacBook Pro. All Sounds are created within Logic Pro,
Which is my Playback mashine at the same time.

In the rehearsal room I use my amp setup. The cabinet is miked by a sm57 routed into a rme fireface800 , which is
Conected to a pc System. As Daw I use in this case samplitude pro x suite. Because The amp is cranked up on Volume, I use closed headphones for recording.

I like using both systems, with a little advantage for the real amp. It is much more direct, And so I need to play more accurate, than I would have to with a digital amp. Hmmmm.... Or wait.... This might be a disadvantage as well tongue.gif laugh.gif
Ok honestly, I just love The way a real amp feels to me...

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post Dec 18 2012, 09:42 AM
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Axe Fx through computer speakers


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post Dec 18 2012, 10:23 AM
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OK here are my ways .

1. Guitar on zoom G3 to iMac-Garageband from there via usb to Teufel concept = externe amp with soundcard to Teufel speakers .

Simulations i use only from Zoom G3

Headphone i could use over Teufel concept



2. Guitar on Zoom G3 to Amp Fender hot rod tube or my little amp Vox Ad5 - depending on daytime tongue.gif -

Simulations i use for Fender HDR only foot pedals from Zoom G3

for Vox Ad5 i use all possibilities from Zoom G3 mainly Mesa simulation

3. Guitar just on Zoom G3 direct to Headphone ( summer in the garden ) Simulations from Zoom of course works fine with
Electric and Electro acustic Guitars .

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post Dec 18 2012, 11:21 PM
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I have a few setups in my bedroom/studio/practice room. I've got the AxeFX II for going direct, which is how I usually practice, and it works great. I do however also have an amp and cab setup if I want to try something more "real", and sometimes it's less/more of a crutch to use modeling or a real amp. Having the AxeFX II allows me to plug it into my computer/DAW and then I can easily play along to backing tracks, drum loops or a metronome, or record ideas I come up with while playing without having to run around hooking things up or putting a poor-quality recording of it on my iPhone.



I also have a Vox AC4TV combo that I love to death. I keep it downstairs and use it with my Strat when I'm practicing. I keep it on the clean channel (as clean as you can get) for practicing legato, sweeping, etc. and doing so has helped my technique a lot in the past few months.

EDIT: Also, when I'm practicing, the TV screen and laptop are CLOSED. NO SCREENS WHEN YOU ARE PRACTICING. It makes your practice time much more productive. I should also add that lamp in the corner is essential to my practicing. It sound weird, but I always turn on that light when I'm playing guitar/practicing/working/recording/etc. and turn off the main light in my room and that not only relaxes me with the dimmer lighting, but it also trains me mentally to go "Oh hey, now it's time to work because this light is on."

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Patrik Berg
post Dec 19 2012, 04:18 AM
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Mesa boogie mark IV through my home build 1x12 cabs. I like to feel the sound but I don't think my neighbors do.


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post Dec 19 2012, 04:29 AM
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My setup isn't too complicated, but probably a little more so than absolutely necessary.
The center of my rig is a TC Electronics Studio Konnekt 48. It' serves as a digital mixer and the audio interface to my PC. I have some Alesis M1 Active monitors connected to the mixer as well as a subwoofer. The Konnekt has a remote control for the master volume, and some other functions as well as two headphone outputs. I normally turn the speakers off and use them for mixing only. The Konnekt has a bunch of channels. I use it to set the mix between my Pod HD500 and a Yamaha Motif ES7 syhthesizer as well as an old Korg M1 rack mount synth. I hardly every use the keyboard, but it's there and always hooked up in case I get some inspiration. For recording I almost always record the unprocessed guitar that's sent via SPDIF out of the HD500. But I monitor the HD500 with a nice preset. After recording then I re-amp the guitar with Guitar Rig 5 right inside of Sonar. This gives me really good control over the final tone while giving me efforless tone selection from the HD500 for monitoring and practicing. All in all, a very flexible and easy to use setup. I have all the outboard stuff hooked to one surge protector so all I have to do is hit one switch when I get home from work and I am ready to go. I don't have a live rig right now, but if I did. I'd probably get a clean power amp and speakers (almost like a PA) and hook the HD500 to them. Not sure if you can get away with using the HD500 by itself in a gig situation, but I hear that some people do exactly that.



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post Dec 20 2012, 02:35 AM
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My setup has gotten a bit crazy to be honest smile.gif I'm going to start selling off a bit of gear to see if I can consolidate my studio.
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Dec 17 2012, 07:41 PM) *
Nowadays - I find myself practicing by going directly to the sound card interface and through the monitor speakers. I usually don't even take time to dial some great tone rather just go as direct as possible. I find this tone to be really cool sounding but when I recently played on my bass amp for a change - I was so surprised! THE TONE - what a huge difference. Especially in dynamics and all the percussive dead notes/scratches.

I really like that contrast when I go to a studio band practice and hear how my playing "really sounds"!
Always puts a smile on my face.

I still prefer to practice on through the interface just as its so handy - the less stuff I need to do in order to get setup for practice, the better for me! smile.gif



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post Dec 20 2012, 07:58 AM
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i sit down on the sofa with the guitar and..that's it tongue.gif tongue.gif

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post Dec 23 2012, 09:53 AM
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QUOTE (MonkeyDAthos @ Dec 20 2012, 06:58 AM) *
i sit down on the sofa with the guitar and..that's it tongue.gif tongue.gif

Like smile.gif


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post Dec 23 2012, 10:49 AM
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I like this set-up: simple, elegant, tidy and looks like you have everything you need. Great stuff.


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post Dec 25 2012, 05:26 AM
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Thanks man, it's fantastic. Lot of work put into it but a lot of good things came from it as well, well worth it.


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Cosmin Lupu
post Dec 26 2012, 10:20 PM
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Here's a little vid I've done with my practicing setup smile.gif Hope you guys like it!



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post Dec 26 2012, 10:39 PM
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Wow C-Man, thanks a lot for posting this!! I really enjoyed watching your setup.. I really am very attracted to simple setups like that, great talent in music makes up for everything that is not there smile.gif Awesome !


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Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 26 2012, 11:21 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Dec 26 2012, 10:20 PM) *
Here's a little vid I've done with my practicing setup smile.gif Hope you guys like it!



Awesome video Cosmin - very interesting setup and pedalboard!
Looks like a very cosy place to practice and record guitar smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2012, 07:56 AM
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Glad you like it guys! I was amazed by the sound quality that my phone could provide, so I will make more of these in the future biggrin.gif Stay tuned wink.gif


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post Jan 4 2013, 08:20 AM
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Pretty 'old school'. Not to complicated I'm afraid.

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post Jan 4 2013, 08:49 AM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jan 4 2013, 07:20 AM) *
Pretty 'old school'. Not to complicated I'm afraid.

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Heey brother, what sort of a pickup is the one on the neck of your Tele? smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jan 4 2013, 07:49 AM) *
Heey brother, what sort of a pickup is the one on the neck of your Tele? smile.gif


Yeah, that looks killer!


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