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I was wondering what kind of reamp box I should get. Active or passive and what are the pros/cons. All my guitars have passive humbucker pickups. Thank you!
 

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Active vs passive pickups doesn't matter when reamping.

However when RECORDING the DIs you should definitely use a active for passive pickups.
Active pickups should in theory work with both active and passive boxes, but I use active boxes anyway.

However this is what Radial says about passive vs active REAMP boxes:

"Pros of Passives

Uses transformers rather than circuits. (Can be driven harder without distorting or clipping, meaning that it's less picky when concerning level.)
Doesn't require a power source.
Pros of Actives

Hum canceling. (Hum from ground loop.)
Brighter, clearer high end. (In theory, however as the source of the signal is already buffered by the interface, it's debated if this is a valid argument.)"
 

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Active vs passive pickups doesn't matter when reamping.

However when RECORDING the DIs you should definitely use a active for passive pickups.
Active pickups should in theory work with both active and passive boxes, but I use active boxes anyway.

However this is what Radial says about passive vs active REAMP boxes:

"Pros of Passives

Uses transformers rather than circuits. (Can be driven harder without distorting or clipping, meaning that it's less picky when concerning level.)
Doesn't require a power source.
Pros of Actives

Hum canceling. (Hum from ground loop.)
Brighter, clearer high end. (In theory, however as the source of the signal is already buffered by the interface, it's debated if this is a valid argument.)"
Thank you for the nice answer! I read good reviews about the Radial X-amp, I'm thinking to get that one. However, since it is an active reamp box, I would assume that it comes with an electrical adaptor to power it up, right? or do I have to buy it separately? Thanks!
 

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Thank you for the nice answer! I read good reviews about the Radial X-amp, I'm thinking to get that one. However, since it is an active reamp box, I would assume that it comes with an electrical adaptor to power it up, right? or do I have to buy it separately? Thanks!
The power adaptor should come complete with the purchase. :)

I have never looked up difference between the Radial "X-amp" and "Reamp" box tho. So I can't help with that.
 

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You may also want to check out the Countryman 85 DI which is an industry standard and is well suited for Passive pickups. Re-amp wise, also worth checking out the Cuniberti Re-amp boxes.
 

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Thank you guys for the answers!

I have another question but it's about DI. My usb interface has an instrument/line switch. How should I set the switch when tracking from a DI box? Line or instrument?
 

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Ok guys, I didn't want to open a new thread so I am just going to post it here, since it's related to this topic.

So I finally made up my mind and got the Radial x-amp. Got the thing hooked up, set up my daw and tried to reamp silently. Here is the effect chain: Interface--->ramp box--->tube amp--->torpedo captor--->back to the interface.

My problem is that when I turn on the drive channel it makes a loud high pitch sound. I tried messing around with ground switches and the levels, didn't do anything. It seems like it stops when I turn the levels very low but then I don't get a full signal.

I'm not really experienced with reamping. Please help!
 

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Feedback, probably.

You've got to make sure the channel the amp is recording into isn't being sent back out of the reamp out, which it quite possibly will be by default. I don't know what the routing is like on your interface, but you should be able to record reamps with the DI's solo'd in the DAW; it should just record silently.

Unless it's not feedback, but that would be the first thing to check.
 

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Feedback, probably.

You've got to make sure the channel the amp is recording into isn't being sent back out of the reamp out, which it quite possibly will be by default. I don't know what the routing is like on your interface, but you should be able to record reamps with the DI's solo'd in the DAW; it should just record silently.

Unless it's not feedback, but that would be the first thing to check.
Yep, you were right. It was feedback. I had to turn the direct monitor knob all the way to playback. It is fine now.

You guys should hear the tone I'm getting now.... it's massive!!
 
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