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Old 10-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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iPod into amp?

Would anything bad happen if I plugged in my ipod [backing tracks] into the input of an amp? I would put it into the auxiliary input, but it's just not loud enough for the guitar.

The amp in question is a solid state Roland Cube 15X - putting the iPod into the guitar input.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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Start with the ipod volume turned right down and slowly turn it up and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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I would not. I imagine the Aux input is padded for a reason - at a certain volume, you're going to risk blowing out the speaker with those extended bass frequencies.
It might be fine, but unfortunately the only way to find out it's not fine is to blow the amp. I'd try to find a different solution instead of risking it.
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If he starts at a low volume that's effectively padding it. As long as he doesn't turn it on at full volume and doesn't turn it up to where it starts distorting it will be fine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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It would work, but how are you going to Jam along with a backing track if your Ipod is plugged into your amp's input? Not sure how the cube works, but on most practise amps I've seen you can lower your guitars volume without effecting the Aux in volume. Maybe just try turning down?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #6
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If he starts at a low volume that's effectively padding it. As long as he doesn't turn it on at full volume and doesn't turn it up to where it starts distorting it will be fine.

I was worried when he said the Aux in wasn't loud enough. I had a Cube for a while and the Aux was plenty loud - that makes me think they've either changed the input or he's trying to get way too much volume out of it so he can play along at full tilt.

You're right though, as long as it's not clipping it's probably fine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help guys - I guess I won't risk it. The reason I ask is because I just like jamming mid-volume - I have two amps so I though I'd see if this would work.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help guys - I guess I won't risk it. The reason I ask is because I just like jamming mid-volume - I have two amps so I though I'd see if this would work.


there are plenty of reasons not to:

-you'd be sending a headphone signal through your amp's preamp
-your speakers aren't full range and aren't designed to reproduce low end
-it'd sound bad

while none of that is a HUGE deal, you could actually damage your amp's speakers. i personally wouldn't worry about it cuz of how guitar speakers are made and all the natural roll-off in the low end they have... but that is kinda the problem. people will expect the guitar amp to sound like a HIFI and they keep bumping the volume to 'fix' the sound (they may even crank the bass up to compensate) and that is where you start getting into trouble and possibly pop speakers.

the main reason i wouldn't do it is because you'd get better results with a much cheaper set of computer speakers rather than using a guitar amp.

invest is a set of cheap computer speakers if money is an issue, you should be able to jam along with those pretty good. if you have a stereo in the house, that'd be even better.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #9
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My friend often borrows my frontman as a backup for DJ gigs. as long as it doesn't go TOO loud it sounds ok, and I couldn't give a **** less about the speaker.

Low volumes you'll be fine. it won't sound terribly delicious though.
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