I was looking for some way to tone down a bit my insanely loud Laney VH100R, when I came across one interesting post (from dpm, IIRC) about setting the loop as "insert" and using it as a volume control.
Well, this may be something very basic but I never used the effects loop on my amp until now. I tried it today for a few minutes and it was the first time I heard the amp sound so crushing (got it up to 4, usually is at 2 ). It got very noisy, though.
So the question is: Is this somehow detrimental for the sound and/or the amp itslef? I guess attenuators exist for some reason but this little trick seems to do wonders (and it's free). What do you think?
It depends on the amp, but I know some effects loops are tube-buffered. This could be because of an extra gain stage kicking in (more gain, but more noise). I could be way off mind you, just a thought though.