#1
Can you gig with a 5 watt amp? (Small gig) And does adding a cab to it make it louder???
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#3
i HIGHLY doubt a 5watter will be anywhere near loud enough lol.

and he asked if it will make it louder, not better.
#4
if you mic it
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Technically, yes. What kind music will you be playing? How big is the venue? Just yourself or with a band? W/ or w/o a drummer? Does the venue have a PA system?
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#7
Depends on various situations. Yes you could gig with a 5 what amp.
What type of gig are you talking about though..


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#8
well, if a 15 watt can't do it, well a 5 watt is sure as hell waaayyy too quiet... try micing it through the PA system
#9
ive done it..used a da5 running through a PA and it was great
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#11
Not trying to thread jack but could you gig with a Vypyr 30? Or would it be recommended to be bumped up to a 75
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well my VJ can get over a drummer easy usually, unless its a Metal drummer then their about matched, just to give you some estimate on sound level.
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you could play a stadium with a 5 watt amp. you just mic it.
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Not unless it is miced, which if it is it will just make it.

But a plain 5 watt amp alone will only be good for your living room.
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#19
i can't believe no one has asked this.

is your amp a tube or an SS amp?



a 5 watt SS amp and a 5 watt tube amp are worlds apart (and i mean it literally)
in terms of volume.
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Not unless it is miced, which if it is it will just make it.

But a plain 5 watt amp alone will only be good for your living room.

it could easily overpower everyone in the band if it was mic'd. that's up to the person running the soundboard.

and a 5watt non-master volume tube amp is too loud for bedroom use if you want a decent amount of overdrive.
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#21
A 5w tube amp can do small venues like coffee houses or whatever easy. The clean/dirty factor depends on the amp, some amps don't get any breakup even all the way up, and some do as soon as you hit 9'o'clock on the volume dial. And of course, for larger things, you can mic it up at the right level you want.

So yes, of course you can, but depending on where you want to play it may not be your best option. A lot of amateurs have gigs that aren't quite small enough for a little 5w tube amp and aren't quite big enough to have a whole PA system. So, it's entirely up to you.
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mic is the only way it's possible or if youre playing in like a 500 sq ft room. or if everybody is quiet as hell.
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i can't believe no one has asked this.

is your amp a tube or an SS amp?



a 5 watt SS amp and a 5 watt tube amp are worlds apart (and i mean it literally)
in terms of volume.

I was just thinking that as I read the respsonses.
5 watts tube, maybe you'll be okay if you mic it and can live with some breakup. 5 watts solid state, it's gonna be a pretty huge stretch.
#25
The Blackstar is exceptionally loud for a 5W amp. Seemed louder than the other 5W amps I tried out and it gets even louder if you stick a boost pedal or an EQ pedal (set flat with the level boosted) in the effects loop to boost the signal.

If you're looking to stay clean then you're probably out of luck without a mic, but on the drive channel and cranked you'd probably be able to do small venues (cafe, pubs, small/school halls) fine and anything bigger should probably have a PA and mic you up anyway.
#26
Really yeah it can be mic'd and done. But I mean I wouldn't prefer it plus the tone isn't going to be great. And you better have a damn good PA.
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The Blackstar is exceptionally loud for a 5W amp. Seemed louder than the other 5W amps I tried out and it gets even louder if you stick a boost pedal or an EQ pedal (set flat with the level boosted) in the effects loop to boost the signal.

If you're looking to stay clean then you're probably out of luck without a mic, but on the drive channel and cranked you'd probably be able to do small venues (cafe, pubs, small/school halls) fine and anything bigger should probably have a PA and mic you up anyway.


I don't know... even on the drive channel getting over a drummer hitting cymbals and the audience being able to hear you would be difficult. Hell I remember having a 150 watt solid state amp and couldn't get over the damn drummer before without getting really muddy. Now that I have high wattage tube amps I don't have that problem.
#28
Heres what I'd do.

1) Get an EQ and boost your mids + level
2) Get Boost pedal of some sort
3) Get band together, crank amp, see if its okay.

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