Who out here has and uses modeling amps

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bcraig4J

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hi for me I live in a very quiet apartment complex so this is a must

I am using a old used modeler from fractal axe 2 xl +

I very much still learn it so much to learn but does sound good

right now try to learn to use old classic fender amp the 57 fender champ amp simulation

I do have a vox 5watt at a friends house very far away

but where I am at no way

"learning to create very emotionally musically phrasing
is a good idea, yeah? Lord please help me

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hi for me I live in a very quiet apartment complex so this is a must

I am using a old used modeler from fractal axe 2 xl +

I very much still learn it so much to learn but does sound good

right now try to learn to use old classic fender amp the 57 fender champ amp simulation

I do have a vox 5watt at a friends house very far away

but where I am at no way

"learning to create very emotionally musically phrasing
is a good idea, yeah? Lord please help me

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Hi bcraig4j,

Modeling amps can be a lot of fun. But are you asking how to use your amp in a quieter setting? Some amps do have a headphone jack, I am not entirely sure for yours however. Would you be able to share a photo of the amp?

Best,

Billy

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Hi bcraig4j,

Modeling amps can be a lot of fun. But are you asking how to use your amp in a quieter setting? Some amps do have a headphone jack, I am not entirely sure for yours however. Would you be able to share a photo of the amp?

Best,

Billy

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

matonanjin2

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Hi @bcraig4j. I have exactly the same question. Are you asking about playing quietly? I am in a 100% opposite environment from you. I live in the country with my closest neighbor about a mile away!

But for reasons of domestic tranquility, i.e., when my wife is napping, I need to often play quietly

My main amp is a Fender Blues, Jr, which does not have a headphone jack. For those times requiring quiet practice I use my modeller, a POD HD 500X, and a set of Seinhauser 280 Pro headphones. These are not expensive headphones but I think they sound great.

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Hi @bcraig4j. I have exactly the same question. Are you asking about playing quietly? I am in a 100% opposite environment from you. I live in the country with my closest neighbor about a mile away!

But for reasons of domestic tranquility, i.e., when my wife is napping, I need to often play quietly

My main amp is a Fender Blues, Jr, which does not have a headphone jack. For those times requiring quiet practice I use my modeller, a POD HD 500X, and a set of Seinhauser 280 Pro headphones. These are not expensive headphones but I think they sound great.

aschleman

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A lot options...

Modeling amps are great and since they are digital/solid state, they sound the same at any volume. Tube amps require voltage to saturate tubes and aren't suited for lower volume playing depending on the wattage of the amp. Even 5 watt amps can be "loud" in an apartment setting at their saturatio point. Thus, we have many options that have come about in the market place to help with your porblem. As mentioned above, most solid state/digital amps have headphone outputs. If you have a capable computer, you can purchase one of the many "e-rig" options that are out there. Line6 has many products in this vein that allow you to model through your computer or tablet and listen through standard desktop speakers or headphones.

Another product out there that is really intriguing, depending on your budget, is the new Waza Craft bluetooth headphone amp from Boss. Looks to be a pretty cool little piece of gear.

Hope this helps!

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A lot options...

Modeling amps are great and since they are digital/solid state, they sound the same at any volume. Tube amps require voltage to saturate tubes and aren't suited for lower volume playing depending on the wattage of the amp. Even 5 watt amps can be "loud" in an apartment setting at their saturatio point. Thus, we have many options that have come about in the market place to help with your porblem. As mentioned above, most solid state/digital amps have headphone outputs. If you have a capable computer, you can purchase one of the many "e-rig" options that are out there. Line6 has many products in this vein that allow you to model through your computer or tablet and listen through standard desktop speakers or headphones.

Another product out there that is really intriguing, depending on your budget, is the new Waza Craft bluetooth headphone amp from Boss. Looks to be a pretty cool little piece of gear.

Hope this helps!

dearan.ferris

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I use a Yamaha THR10ii because I just don't have the need for a big amp and I'm solely a bedroom player and trying not to annoy the neighbours.

Only had it a few days but loving it already and especially the fact I can get good tones at low volumes.

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I use a Yamaha THR10ii because I just don't have the need for a big amp and I'm solely a bedroom player and trying not to annoy the neighbours.

Only had it a few days but loving it already and especially the fact I can get good tones at low volumes.

Carl King

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Like the original poster I also use a Fractal Axe-FX II XL+. I love it!

One major tip for using this device -- install Axe-Edit on your computer and connect with USB. It makes the design of your effects chains and pedals and amp models so easy compared to the buttons and knobs on the front of the device.

-Carl.

Carl King
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Like the original poster I also use a Fractal Axe-FX II XL+. I love it!

One major tip for using this device -- install Axe-Edit on your computer and connect with USB. It makes the design of your effects chains and pedals and amp models so easy compared to the buttons and knobs on the front of the device.

-Carl.

Carl King
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I've recently purchased the line 6 spider v

love it so far, get amazing tones & effects from it.

also has drum loops to play along with.

can also play music through it which I like.

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I've recently purchased the line 6 spider v

love it so far, get amazing tones & effects from it.

also has drum loops to play along with.

can also play music through it which I like.

Carl King

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Joined: 10/08/07

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By the way -- I just remembered I made a little demo of a bunch of the Fractal sounds I used on my last album. It was a lot of outer-spacey prog rock stuff (influenced by Passion & Warfare), so for those who are into those types of effects:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z9bd3rMANA

-Carl.

Carl King
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By the way -- I just remembered I made a little demo of a bunch of the Fractal sounds I used on my last album. It was a lot of outer-spacey prog rock stuff (influenced by Passion & Warfare), so for those who are into those types of effects:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z9bd3rMANA

-Carl.

Carl King
GuitarTricks Video Director / Producer

craigbrown1805

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I'm bracing myself to purchase a Katana 50w to use at home. If you search out David Simpson on YouTube, he shows how versatile and usable it is - his version of John Frusciante's guitar tone using it is amazing, especially when you consider that JF is using two tube amp stacks cranked to the max!

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I'm bracing myself to purchase a Katana 50w to use at home. If you search out David Simpson on YouTube, he shows how versatile and usable it is - his version of John Frusciante's guitar tone using it is amazing, especially when you consider that JF is using two tube amp stacks cranked to the max!

dlwalke

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Originally Posted by: dearan.ferris

I use a Yamaha THR10ii because I just don't have the need for a big amp and I'm solely a bedroom player and trying not to annoy the neighbours.

Only had it a few days but loving it already and especially the fact I can get good tones at low volumes.

Dearan,

Glad to hear your enjoying that THR. When I get to the point of buying am amp, it will probably be a THR or Katana. I've probably watched 1000 hours of youtube review and comparison videos. Wondering if you in-person demo'd other amps (particularly the Katana, but any really) and what made you go with the THR. I was watching an Anderton comparison the other night and they thought the Katana and THR sounded comparable but at twice the price for the THR, they seemed to prefer the Katana. I love the compact size of that THR though. Easy to carry from bedroom to living room and back, or wherever.

Edit: PS - without headphones, do you find that you can play it at a low enough volume? Like, you can talk over it for example or be in one room and not really hear it in another room? Thanks.

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Originally Posted by: dearan.ferris

I use a Yamaha THR10ii because I just don't have the need for a big amp and I'm solely a bedroom player and trying not to annoy the neighbours.

Only had it a few days but loving it already and especially the fact I can get good tones at low volumes.

Dearan,

Glad to hear your enjoying that THR. When I get to the point of buying am amp, it will probably be a THR or Katana. I've probably watched 1000 hours of youtube review and comparison videos. Wondering if you in-person demo'd other amps (particularly the Katana, but any really) and what made you go with the THR. I was watching an Anderton comparison the other night and they thought the Katana and THR sounded comparable but at twice the price for the THR, they seemed to prefer the Katana. I love the compact size of that THR though. Easy to carry from bedroom to living room and back, or wherever.

Edit: PS - without headphones, do you find that you can play it at a low enough volume? Like, you can talk over it for example or be in one room and not really hear it in another room? Thanks.