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Jan 02, 2018
11:11 AM
Hi folks, first time poster... Hope this thread hasn't already been started.
Taking a look at the Memphis Mini.
The line out feature is a big draw... However my experience with line out amps hasn't been real satisfying.
Anybody know what Rick means by "tru-tone line out"? I'm hoping it means the PA actually picks up the amp speaker, not just a line level from the amp/effects.
Am I dreaming?
5165 posts
Jan 02, 2018
11:43 AM
Yeah; it’s a line out from the same source as goes to the speaker. You won’t get the sound of your speaker, but you’ll get the same signal which is hitting the speaker in your combo, just at a level which is safe to plug into another amp e.g. the PA
128 posts
Jan 02, 2018
12:12 PM
Welcome to the forum, Brokestone! You'll find many useful threads here, many of which are archived for your reference...a lot of opinions about amps, mics, harps, tunings, modifications and so forth. You'll also find a great network of people to do business with and a few warnings about who not to do business with based on the experiences of others. You'll also find a lot of support from forum members regardless of your level of accomplishment and a willingness to help with questions like the one you posted above. You might want to check the thread about Where Are You From? as members are from all over the world. It's also probably the most active forum of its kind. It only takes a couple of days for your thread to end up on page 2 or 3, so don't hesitate to take a look back at several pages for points of interest that catch your eye. Again, welcome!
2 posts
Jan 02, 2018
12:40 PM
Thank you for your replies and the warm welcome.
So if I understand correctly, the line out will capture tube breakup and tone at the PA but not the actual sound from the speaker?
1547 posts
Jan 02, 2018
12:48 PM
Hey, welcome. Following up on Ravens post: to search round here there's a drop down tab if you click on Blues Harp Forum to the left here. Then you can get Memphis Mini yip i di la la bs and some truth too :)
I actually wish I had one but I'll stick to mic-ing an old tweed.
5167 posts
Jan 02, 2018
1:28 PM
Correct. You’ll get the sound of the whole amp minus the speaker. (Of course this will then be reprocessed by whatever you plug it into)

Contrast this with some amps which run the line out directly from the preamp, thus missing the contribution of the power amp.

Is one better than the other? Personal preference I think. I usually mic my amps but I also try to only use amps big enough for me to hear on stage without need for PA reinforcement in the monitor. If I did need to have harp in the monitors, I’d probably prefer to use a line out as it’s more feedback resistant.
18 posts
Jan 07, 2018
3:33 PM
Yep, it means the line out comes from the speaker tap. That is downstream from the power tubes, so the signal will carry the warmth or distortion the power tubes produce.

Like this:

Last Edited by Coyote on Jan 07, 2018 3:38 PM

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