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New to Firehawk FX- Best Cabling Methods...?

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Hello!

 

I am very new to learning guitar, as well as all toys associated with it. I have a Spider V 120W, and just purchased a Firehawk FX. What is the best way to cable my Firehawk to my amp? Is the 4 cable method the best and/or only way? If I have the option to plug in to a sound board directly, can I just skip my amp, and plug my Firehawk via XLR directly to the board?

 

Thank you so much for your help!!  :)

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I'm not sure that you can do four cable method with the spider. 

 

If I were to use that amp with the Firehawk, I would set the spider up to a clean tone with EQ flat.  Make sure the amp/line switch on the back of the Firehawk is set to amp.  Then just treat the Firehawk like a multi-effects unit.

 

You can use the Firehawk to go direct via XLR or 1/4" output. This time you set the amp/line switch to line.  

 

The amp/line switch changes the output level of the 1/4" output. It also changes the amp/cabinet emulation within the Firehawk. Your best results would be coming from a full range and full response speaker cuz that's exactly what you would be sending to the front of the house. running the Firehawk through an amp, especially another digital modeling amp, kind of negates the whole purpose of the Firehawk.

 

Good luck and have fun!

 

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17 hours ago, loradirmeyer said:

Hello!

 

I am very new to learning guitar, as well as all toys associated with it. I have a Spider V 120W, and just purchased a Firehawk FX. What is the best way to cable my Firehawk to my amp? Is the 4 cable method the best and/or only way? If I have the option to plug in to a sound board directly, can I just skip my amp, and plug my Firehawk via XLR directly to the board?

 

Thank you so much for your help!!  :)

 

As said by robertgoddard, yes, the Firehawk can plug directly into a board. That's nice and easy.

 

If you want to utilize the amp, you have a lot of options. They are:

 

1. The Spider can be just a regular flat response speaker. Turn off all amp modeling and effects and simply plug your guitar into your Firehawk, which you can then plug into your guitar in on your amp. For MOST people, this is the easiest way to do it and will be more than satisfactory for you.

 

2. You can combine the DSP of both the Firehawk and the amp if you wish. Typically the easiest way to do this is to plug your Firehawk into the amp's effects loop and have the amp handle distortion/amp/cab effects while having your Firehawk handle post effects (delays, reverb, etc.). A four cable method is messy but the benefits of that is you can let the Firehawk do some of the pre amp effects as well as the post.

 

There are a bunch of combinations possible. Mix and match and see what you like the best.

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