Amplifiers

Pump Up the Volume with Amps

No rock band is complete without amplifiers. An amp increases the audio signal that comes from instruments, like an electric guitar, so that the music comes out louder. When you start playing to bigger crowds who can’t help but scream in excitement over your songs, you’ll be glad you have an amplifier around. Best Buy carries a sweet selection of amps from brands like Fender, Ampeg, Marshall, Line 6, Vox and more.

Guitar Amp Combo

A guitar amp combo has two parts - a cabinet with speakers inside and an amplifier. This is the most common kind of guitar amplifier and is great for gigs smaller than a stadium or a large concert hall.

Guitar Amp Head

Guitar amp heads are small standalone amplifiers that don’t include speakers. These amplifiers need to be plugged into a speaker cabinet, or cab, in order to work. One great thing is that you can mix and match your amp head and cab to create a set up that’s perfect for your needs.

Bass Combo Amp

Guitars aren’t the only instruments that can rock out with an amp. Bass combo amps are fine tuned to bring out the low frequency sounds in your bass guitar.

Bass Cabinet

Bass cabinets work with bass amp heads to deliver room-shaking depth and dimension to your bass notes. Speaker size and number of speakers are factors that can affect which cab you ultimately take home with you.

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The Soundboard: Picking Your Studio Monitors

by chckn8r from 06-24-2014

KRK RokitsThe goal of a studio monitor is to represent audio in the most accurate, uncoloured form it can. That being said, all speakers colour sound to some degree. Monitor speakers are designed to be as flat as possible whereas it’s assumed that consumer or Hi-Fi speakers enhance aspects of the frequency spectrum.

 

A pair of monitor speakers are going to be your best friend. Regardless of whether you record, edit, mix or master audio, your studio monitors will determine how well your work translates to … well, pretty well everything else out there: car audio systems, TV’s, headphones and earbuds.

 

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by chckn8r from 05-21-2014

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by chckn8r from 04-24-2014

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