AndrewW500
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Join date: Mar 2011
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#1
So, I am hoping to get a 4x12 cab for christmas however I don't have the money at the moment to get a head. I currently use Guitar Rig 5 and I was wondering if there is any way I can use it through the cab until I get a proper head (I realise that a head will sound substantially better). I've done a bit of research and from what I understand, I will need a pre-amp? Is it a necessity or does it ultimately just improve the sound? Also, since it is just temporary, what are some decent but low price pre-amps?

Thanks!

Edit:

I use the M-Audio Fast Track as my interface.
Last edited by AndrewW500 at Dec 2, 2012,
Ian_the_fox
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Join date: Feb 2011
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#2
Yes. Except you need a special speaker cable. One that can convert signal from a virtual tube amp to a signal that's similar to a real tube amp to power a cab. You actually plug it in through you monitor, into the virtual speaker outputs of the virtual heads in guitar rig.


... But seriously, it's not worth it to get a power amp and cab if you're just using Guitar Rig. Just get a combo amp. Vypyr Tube 60 will do the job. Are you even gigging? You understand he purpose of a 4x12 is to provide onstage projection on larger stages, right?

I doubt you're playing larger gigs quite yet, so a 1x12 combo will be more than enough.
gumbilicious
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Join date: Oct 2007
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#3
^you also forgot the purpose of a 4x12 is to also look super rock star on stage. seriously, 4x12's look pro man. i know that is why i wanted my first 4x12.

Quote by AndrewW500
So, I am hoping to get a 4x12 cab for christmas however I don't have the money at the moment to get a head. I currently use Guitar Rig 5 and I was wondering if there is any way I can use it through the cab until I get a proper head (I realise that a head will sound substantially better). I've done a bit of research and from what I understand, I will need a pre-amp? Is it a necessity or does it ultimately just improve the sound? Also, since it is just temporary, what are some decent but low price pre-amps?

Thanks!

Edit:

I use the M-Audio Fast Track as my interface.


actually your M-Audio already has preamps. if brings the guitar signal up to a signal powerful/large enough to convert to digital, then it gets processed in guitar rig and then gets converted back to an analog line level signal and is then sent to a power amp to drive a speaker cabinet.

what you really need is a power amp to drive the cab.

tbh, i'd just run guitar rig right into a set of computer speakers or a home stereo else you are going to be buying something else or trying to get your 4x12 to work with something it's really not designed to work with. just wait til you get an amp.
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Last edited by gumbilicious at Dec 2, 2012,