What voltage/amperage is a recording interface (a pre-amp) expecting?

Asked by: Joseph Maaliki

Is a preamp the same as an audio interface?

A preamp is a single piece of recording equipment designed to amplify low level signals, while an audio interface is what sends the recordings to a computer, effectively translating real music into digital music.

Can an audio interface replace an amp?

Can Audio Interface Replace Amp? An audio interface can definitely be replaced with an amp. You just need an audio interface and amp modeler software like Amplitube.

Can you plug an amp directly into an interface?

You can’t plug the head/chassis of most tube amps directly into an interface. The power amp needs to see a what’s referred to as a reactive or dummy load or you run the risk (almost surely) of blowing your output transformer.

Can you plug a guitar amp into an interface?

The simplest way to connect a guitar amp to an audio interface is by using an output labeled ‘line out’ on the amplifier. This is sent to the input on the interface using an audio cable, where the signal from the amplifier can be recorded.

Do audio interfaces act as amps?

Because audio interfaces come with a built-in headphone amp, you can use them as a headphone amp. However, you will not have the same quality as you would get from a separate amp.

What is the difference between an audio interface and an amp?

An audio interface has the amplifier section as the fundamental part of the device. However, an audio interface is also capable of recording sounds through input preamps. At the same time, an Amp does one thing only- turns up the volume of your signal.

Can I plug my guitar directly into my focusrite?

You can either plug it straight in to your recording system, or mic up your favourite guitar amp. (You can also do both at the same time, and we’ll get to that later on.)

What cable do I need to connect guitar to audio interface?

I would advise standard (same you are using to your combo amp for instance) TS-TS instrument cable for guitar or bass connection. Most likely, if you use TRS (three pole) connector, electrical connection will be same, because ring and sleeve contacts on connector will be connected together at your instrument.

Can you play a guitar through an audio interface?

If you’re want to play/record electric guitar, you’ll most likely need an audio interface. You’ll need this to plug your guitar into and access either your DAW (and any amp sim software you have) If you want to mic up your guitar amp, you’ll still need an audio interface to plug the microphone into.

Can I plug my guitar into Scarlett 2i2?

And connect the other end to your computer plug your guitars jack lead into input 1 and switch the input to instrument.

How do I connect my focusrite to my guitar amp?

In Focusrite Control, this setting is defined on the Device Settings page. Connect this output to your re-amp box to take the signal from ‘balanced line’ to ‘unbalanced instrument’ level (the level your amplifier is designed for), then connect the output of the re-amp box to your guitar amplifier.

What cables do I need for Focusrite 2i2?

All you need is a cable that connects your chosen mic to the Scarlett 2i2 “combo” input jack. That’s the XLR (3-pin) section of that jack NOT the 1/4-inch section. For almost all microphones than means a XLR(F) to XLR(M) cable.