#1
So i'll be heading to college in August and it's kind of struck me that my half-stack is not going to be coming with me : / . I have a couple options to downsize and I was wondering if you guys could give me some input


My head/cab is - Line 6 Spider IV HD150 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...502594000000000


I can either A buy a 2x12 cab which would shrink my amp down to an appropriate size (I hope?) - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...502587000001306


Or drop a few dollars on the same amp of a smaller size - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...620210000001000


I am very happy with my sound so please don't give me new amp suggestions. I'm just wondering if the 2x12 would still give me alot of punch while taking up the same size as a regular guitar amp. Otherwise, i'll opt for the new one.


Cheers !
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#2
even a 2x12 will be too big for college if your living in a dorm. Look for a small modeling amp with a headphone out jack.

Or look at some thing like a POD.
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#3
Want to save some money?

Buy yourself a nice USB interface for $49. You don't have to get a fancy one or anything. A UX1 would be perfectly fine.

Go download the trial version of Reaper.

Download Poulin ampsim VSTs and LeCab, along with several impulse banks (Catharsis are my favorites). Also nab a copy of the TS808 vst. They are all free.

Load the ampsims, VSTs + impulses into Reaper. Play through your PC. Add in effects directly from Reaper's vst bank or try out other trial versions of software like Revalver, Amplitube, Guitar Rig 4, etc. It's amazing what kind of sounds you can get out of these if you devote some time to learning it. I have a 22-insert, 4-channel preset that sounds exactly like Devin Townsend's guitar tone from "Away."

I haven't owned an amp in 5 months and I still get 2-4 hours of practice/playing in a day. It'll take you a little while to learn all of the ins and outs, but if you really stick with it, you'll learn a great deal about recording. If you like Reaper, buy it. It's only $60 or so compared to $300+ for Cubase.

The learning experience you'll get out of it is definitely worth the $50 investment.

Here's a nice tutorial I just dug up on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdo7mXOih5Y
Last edited by CV334 at Nov 20, 2011,
#4
Do not buy or bring ANY AMP AT ALL to use in a college dorm, even if it is quiet and has a headphone jack. Period.

Even if you can operate any guitar amp at a quiet volume, not all neighbors understand that amplifiers have volume knobs and they will flip their shit and attempt to start a fight before you even turn it on. It's not the noise that will bother them, it's the fact that you own a guitar amp that will make them paranoid.

Just get a Line 6 Pod HD and a set of Sennheiser HD280 headphones. This setup will give you a great sound and not bother anybody. It's not worth it to have an amp in a dorm room. Just the word "Guitar Amplifer" is a loud word itself.


And while your at it, throw your Spider halfstack off a cliff. Spiders are utter shit.
#5
get a pod and headphones.
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