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Using an Acoustic amp to monitor

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Hi, just starting out and whilst I really appreciate the importance of good monitoring, I have to balance this with the outlay I have made so far, especially being a pensioner. So I was wondering what the consensus here would be on using my Roland AC-60 acoustic amp hooked up to my Focusrite Scarlett interface as an acceptable alternative to purchasing specific speakers. Naturally I would turn all of the amps enhancements ie EQ , chorus, reverb etc. off to get as neutral a sound as possible and place it at an appropriate height.
Any and all advice gratefully received,
Cheers Steve

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It'll be hard work trying to get listenable mixes through an acoustic amp.

I assume, for a start, it's a mono amp, so you can't make any choices regarding panning.

And any guitar amp will have a frequency response that is tailored for guitars - so it's likely not to reproduce mids/highs very faithfully, and may not have much at all going on below 100hZ or so.

I suppose it depends on what type of music you're planning on recording - you may get ok results for very simple arrangements that don't rely too much on any processing/fx such as EQ, reverb, etc. But you'll still need to keep crosschecking on headphones as you mix, and take mixes to the car/kitchen system/wherever, to make sure the frequency balance is ok.

 

In all honesty, you'd probably get much, much, better results (though I don't know what your particular amp sounds like) running your Scarlett outputs to a HiFi amp and speakers, or the Aux In on a 3 in 1 home stereo or something like that, if you have one.

You can also get reasonably good home studio monitors that will plug straight into the Scarlett for very small money - search this forum for "which cheap monitors" and "which monitors under $300" type threads, and you'll find a mine of information on the pros and cons of all the budget monitor options. Check your local listings pages, and you may find some of these budget monitors going for less than $100 used.

I completely understand your need to keep costs down - I hope some of the above helps in some way :)

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Thanks for the input. It is a stereo amp, but as has been so eloquently pointed out it will sound "crap" I will have to have another think.

Cheers Steve

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