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  • Your Amp's Standby Switch: What It Does and How to Use It

    19 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Your Amp's Standby Switch: What It Does and How to Use It

    While longtime tube amp owners are familiar with operating the standby and power switches, the process may be slightly confusing for new guitarists or those switching over from solid state amps. Solid state amps only have a power switch that turns the amp on and off, but all of a sudden there’s another switch next to it on your new tube amp! Fortunately, the standby switch is very straightforward, yet absolutely essential. So essential, in fact, that all of Carvin Audio’s 50 Watt or more all-tube guitar amp models - such as the V3, X100B, and BELAIR come loaded with one. This article will explain what the standby switch does and how to use it.

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  • Losing Low End with Bass Overdrive? Here are Some Tips You Can Try

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    Losing Low End with Bass Overdrive

    One of the biggest obstacles bassists face when trying to make a dirty or overdriven bass tone sit in a full band mix is preventing the loss of low end in their sound. Sure, a dirty bass tone can really liven up your band’s mix and fatten up the overall sound, especially in a power trio setting or for heavier styles of music, but the last thing you want to do as a bassist is compromise on holding down the low end. Many overdrive pedals, even those intended for bass, have varying degrees of low end loss which may serve as a deterrent to many players considering an overdriven bass sound. Fortunately, there are ways to beef up your bass tone with overdrive while still keeping the low-end fundamental intact.

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  • Extension Speakers: Quick Tips for Musicians Part 2

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    212 Extension Cabinet

    In the first part of this article we learned the basics of configuring extension speakers- as long as you know the total impedance load of your cabinet(s).

    So How Do You Calculate the Total Impedance Load?

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  • Extension Speakers: Quick Tips for Musicians Part 1

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    VX112 Extension Speaker

    No matter which speaker configuration you select, if you're playing in different venues chances are you'll eventually want to use different cabinets or an extension speaker. Perhaps you chose a combo amp for the convenience and portability, but your next performance will be on a wide stage where you might not be able to hear your amp from the other side. An additional cabinet on the other side of the stage could be a very nice solution (and your bandmates who play over there might appreciate being able to hear you without having to add you to their crucial monitor mix). At first glance, it seems simple enough, after all your amp does have an extension speaker jack, so you might wonder, "Can't I just plug in there and crank it up?" In general you usually can do just that, but there are some things you need to know to get a good result and to protect your amp from damage. Before we look at how different speaker combinations affect the impedance load your amp has to carry, we need to know what's going on.

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  • The Guitarist’s Introductory Guide to Graphic EQ

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    X100B Guitar Amp with Graphic EQ

    If you're used to the standard three-band EQ section found on many of today's guitar amps, a graphic EQ may seem a little intimidating. And for good reason - all those numbers and sliders are more akin to a mixing board than an amp. However, a graphic EQ system isn't all too different than your regular bass/mid/treble controls and can actually help you fill in many of the gaps that these controls alone can't cover.

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