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Old 10-02-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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Small but Good tube amp for home recording?

Hello ,

Was thinking of buying a guitar tube amp for home recording...Room is pretty small and neighbors might complain so I would like a small tube amp but a quality tube amp.

I'd like to spend a maximum of 1000 Euros for the amp head and a cab together.

I want something versatile... I play Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal and clean progressive rock...Something with a tight low mid , something that sounds warm would be nice.

Bare in mind , don't go over 20 watt .

Thank You .
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:33 AM   #2
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Word of advise... ignore the 20W limit you've set on yourself.
Both my EVH 5153 50W and Orange Dark Terror 15W are just about as loud when I need a usable recording volume.
I play them both through a 1x12" cab in my apartment, and I haven't had any issues with neighbours complaining.
As long as you get an amp with a master volume you should be good.
Personally I'd advise you to check out the EVH 5150 III 50W as it'll handle the genres you want to play perfectly, even if it stretches your budget a little bit since you want a cab as well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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You're going to get better results with some kind of modelling solution if it's only for home use at low volume.

Grab a cheap USB interface and try out some Poulin/AcmeBarGig amp sims on your PC - you'll be blown away.


The Axe-FX is outside your budget, so I highly recommend the Eleven Rack.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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I want something versatile... I play Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal and clean progressive rock...Something with a tight low mid , something that sounds warm would be nice.

Bare in mind , don't go over 20 watt .

Tight lows come from a beefy power amp, with plenty of headroom... So an amp over 20 watts.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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Hello ,

Was thinking of buying a guitar tube amp for home recording...Room is pretty small and neighbors might complain so I would like a small tube amp but a quality tube amp.

I'd like to spend a maximum of 1000 Euros for the amp head and a cab together.

I want something versatile... I play Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal and clean progressive rock...Something with a tight low mid , something that sounds warm would be nice.

Bare in mind , don't go over 20 watt .

Thank You .


Why?

If it's due to the volume considerations you mentioned above it's a false constraint.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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Get an Isolation cab.

There are a few digital options as well. Kemper, AxeFX, line6 pod.


As the others have said wattage is a measurement of headroom not volume so don't let that fool you.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #7
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For home recording a digital multi FX might be a good choice. They usually have USB connection and also include a recording software like Cubase. My experience of multi FX (it's pretty crappy RP355): Good for recorded sounds, not so good for practicing on your own. Don't know why, it just doesn't feel real when you play. But as I said, the recorded sounds are pretty good. Also it's easy to add effects and tweak them and change sounds without too much hassle. I don't know that much about good multi FX but Axe FX is used a lot by professional guitarists (Steve Vai, John Petrucci, etc). You could maybe get Axe FX used to fit your budget.
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