[linux-audio-user] plugging a bass guitar in a linux box

Veronica Merryfield veronica.merryfield at tesco.net
Thu Jul 1 11:26:43 EDT 2004

I am putting together a rack linux system specifically to use as a bass
effects processor plus synth if I can make it work.

The issue with guitar amps and stereos is the speakers. Bass can generate a
very dynamic signal. The initial peak is high coupled with many harmonics.
But, if you keep good control of the levels, you will be fine.

If you want to use a guitar amp or stereo, keep the levels down - works fine
although they won't have as good a low end response necessarily as a good
bass cab and head.
Veronica Merryfield, somewhere in Cambridgeshire, UK

----- Original Message -----
From: "caffeine" <caffeine at altern.org>
To: <linux-audio-user at music.columbia.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 2:58 PM
Subject: [linux-audio-user] plugging a bass guitar in a linux box

> Hi everybody,
> I have a bass I'd like to plug in my Debian box. I know lots of people
> do it routinely with guitar, but I'm worried about the possible side
> effects on my hardware. I know that using a bass on a guitar amp would
> blow the thing off, but I don't know if it's just the guitar amp speaker
> which is not suited for such frequencies or if it's the electronic which
> suffer.
> >From what I understand, the "line in" soundcard input shouldn't have any
> problem dealing with the bass input, but problems might arise with the
> output (ATM this would be my stereo). I don't know enough about sound
> processing to be sure my assumptions are right.
> Anybody has any idea/knowledge to share ?
> thanks in advance.

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