#1
Hey y'all.

I was just watching some live performances on youtube and I noticed that The Strokes have 2 amps per guitarist...!



This is the view of one guitarist. The other one has 2 also.
One is mic'ed, and the other isn't.

Why is this ?
Thanks !
#2
Is it two amps or two cabinets? Volume, my friend, volume.
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#3
Tbh I'm only guessing here
But incase one of the amps cut out

e.g. Lee Malia of BMTH has 4 Cabinets, and 2 Rockerverb heads, 1 as his main (100 watts) and one as his reserve (50 watts)
I think August Burns Red have 2 Cabs per guitarist on stage, yet they only mic one of them....

But as I said, only really guessing
#5
I play through two amps when recording, you get a different sound out of each one and it eliminates the need for double-tracking
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#6
Backup amp, stereo rig, different amps for different sounds... There's honestly a whole lot of reasons.
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They are 2 fender hot rod devilles. So they are not cabs...
Running two amps in stereo tends to yield a fuller sound.
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#10
Different sounds.


Like how James Hetfield uses his Mesa Dual rec for distortion and switches to his Jazz Chorus for cleans
#11
Maybe so they can get a stereo sound?
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#12
Fills the stage up. Looks better than having a half empty stage.
Most metal bands that have a wall of Marshall amps and cabs, usually only use 1 or 2 (per guitarists). Sometimes they'll use one if they bring out a guest guitarist or something. But it looks cool
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#13
theyre the same amp guys, so it's not for different sound.

i think ferret may be right with the stereo
#14
Oh and there are 2 GUITARISTS. So 4 amps on stage.

Each guitarist is stereo ?
#15
It's likely they do it because the guitarists like the sounds of two amps and like to use different amps for different songs, or just like the sound of all the amps being played together. Or it's for a stereo setup (unpractical for stage mostly, but not unheard of). Or they have endorsement deals for some of their stuff going on. Or because it looks cool. Or some other reason I can't think of right now.


Quote by Saint78
Is it two amps or two cabinets? Volume, my friend, volume.

Nope. Maybe in the seventies. Or if your amps are ridiculously small. Nowadays, PA systems provide all the volume you need. If you try to provide the entire volume you need just with the amps you've got on stage... good luck. They will be loud enough in most situations, but your mix will absolutely go to hell.
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#17
john frusciante uses 6 cabs and 3 heads i think, 2 jubilees and a marshall major
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It's likely they do it because the guitarists like the sounds of two amps and like to use different amps for different songs, or just like the sound of all the amps being played together. Or it's for a stereo setup (unpractical for stage mostly, but not unheard of). Or they have endorsement deals for some of their stuff going on. Or because it looks cool. Or some other reason I can't think of right now.


Nope. Maybe in the seventies. Or if your amps are ridiculously small. Nowadays, PA systems provide all the volume you need. If you try to provide the entire volume you need just with the amps you've got on stage... good luck. They will be loud enough in most situations, but your mix will absolutely go to hell.


Oh, I just assumed do to the fact that the band plays huge crowds, I forgot about PA's.
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#20
i have been known to use 3 amps on stage at once, i usually use at least 2 for gigs with my band. if i am just sitting in with some people i just use 1.

my band is power trio, i use stereo field tricks to make my guitar sound a bit bigger, makes you hear more stuff. stereo delay, mutron biphase and my vibe effect create huge sounds live. also allows for more overlapping projection area.

i use 2 amps when i just want a stereo field and this also allows for me to keep playing if one of my amps does go down. i use 3 amps when i want a stereo field and a wet/dry setup.
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#21
I played a gig with three amps once.

Two Vox AC30s - Ran in stereo, one completely dry and the other with reverb, and delay.
I also used a Marshall JCM800 for the high gain stuff, so I could switch between a clean sound, clean sound with reverb/delay, and high gain.
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#23
90% of the time i play it is in stereo or stereo plus one.

stereo is Splawns

stereo +1 is Splawns and Bassman (for cleans)
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#24
I run my Goldfinger and Metropolis simultaneously (using each to emphasize certain frequencies). By doing this, I have an incredibly deep sound with the growl of a plexi and the chime of an AC30. The cleans are warmer/deeper and the dirt is more articulate. For effects, the 2 preamps are sent into a custom Suhr mixer along with an Axe-Fx Ultra and then sent to a wet Bogner 212. This type of set-up allows me to take up much more sonic space since my band is essentially a 3 piece (bass, drums, guitar -- the singer occasionally plays piano or acoustic guitar). In other words, my rig sound HUGE.

Some bands use two amps as a big channel switcher (one for clean, one for dirt) or for stereo effects.
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I run my Goldfinger and Metropolis simultaneously (using each to emphasize certain frequencies). By doing this, I have an incredibly deep sound with the growl of a plexi and the chime of an AC30. The cleans are warmer/deeper and the dirt is more articulate. For effects, the 2 preamps are sent into a custom Suhr mixer along with an Axe-Fx Ultra and then sent to a wet Bogner 212. This type of set-up allows me to take up much more sonic space since my band is essentially a 3 piece (bass, drums, guitar -- the singer occasionally plays piano or acoustic guitar). In other words, my rig sound HUGE.

Some bands use two amps as a big channel switcher (one for clean, one for dirt) or for stereo effects.
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Scumback H75 & M75 in the 412 and wet 212. Celestion blue in the Metropolis.
#28
The amount of amps that someone like, for example, Mark Tremonti will have onstage and actually use makes two amps seem like a mini practice rig in the bedroom. I mean...two Fender Twin Reverbs plus his recto clean channel for cleans? Then two different heads for dirty rhythm and another head to mix in for leads? Whatever makes ya happy bro...but anyway, you get the picture. Different tones. Other people have pointed out that it could also be for looks or for backup There's lot's of reasons.
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#29
I run a couple of amps at once from time to time.
A recent gig we played I had my wet signal going straight into my AC30 and ran the dry line out from my delay into a Trent head (old Aussie amp) that was just breaking up in tone and starting to crunch. Both were mic'ed up and I placed a few feet between them on stage. Being the only guitar player in that band I felt I needed a "bigger" sound and achieved suitable results.
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