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Powercab Plus Combo Jack Input - 2 guitar?

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Hi Guys,

I'm new to the modelling amp world. I'm currently eyeing for the Line 6 powercab 112 plus as FRFR speaker for my POD HD500x. Saw in the manual there's two input/combo jack at the back of the speaker input 1 & input 2 - what happen if i plug in two guitar with multi-fx into it, let say i wanna jam with my buddy, will it work or is it for different purpose?

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Don't have a Powercab, so I won't speculate as to the design's purpose... but I do know one thing:

 

Even if it "works", in the sense that sound comes out, piping two guitars though a single 12" speaker is a guaranteed mess. Both instruments occupy the same sonic space and will be constantly fighting with each other.  You'll be lucky if you can distinguish who's who. 

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Thanks. Indeed. That would make sense tho. I'll better leave it as single. :D

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On 4/29/2019 at 4:49 PM, cruisinon2 said:

Don't have a Powercab, so I won't speculate as to the design's purpose... but I do know one thing:

 

Even if it "works", in the sense that sound comes out, piping two guitars though a single 12" speaker is a guaranteed mess. Both instruments occupy the same sonic space and will be constantly fighting with each other.  You'll be lucky if you can distinguish who's who. 

 

Why should it be a mess? You can play a backing track through the powercab and play to it. That doesn't sound that bad. Of course, two amps would be nicer for your case but it should be fine.

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2 hours ago, StringsOnFire said:

 

Why should it be a mess? You can play a backing track through the powercab and play to it. That doesn't sound that bad. Of course, two amps would be nicer for your case but it should be fine.

 

Have you ever seen two guitarists on stage playing through one amp? Me neither. Try it out and see how great it sounds. And I wouldn't waste my time playing to a backing track through a single speaker either...a stereo mix with no stereo separation, a live guitar piled on top, all stuffed through a single speaker isn't exactly what you'd call optimal either. 

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On 5/1/2019 at 3:18 PM, cruisinon2 said:

 

Have you ever seen two guitarists on stage playing through one amp? Me neither. Try it out and see how great it sounds. And I wouldn't waste my time playing to a backing track through a single speaker either...a stereo mix with no stereo separation, a live guitar piled on top, all stuffed through a single speaker isn't exactly what you'd call optimal either. 

 

Of course it is not optimal and I am not encouraging anyone to play a gig with this setting...  but if you have just this one amp at home and want to jam with your friend sometimes, then it won't be a disaster either.

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Playing 2 guitars through the same loudspeaker means you have no frequency separation, hence it will sound utterly garbage, because that single speaker can't work for both guitars, unless they are playing exactly the same thing, at the same time, with same amplitude. Typical thing you may get it's one of the two guitarists being buried or totally cancelled as the other one kick in with some distortion or screaming solo. Also not a great move in terms of input saturation, clipping and speaker lifespan. If you both are playing some clean stuff, it can work some way, but you will be still getting that "ping pong" fight between the two signals.

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Thanks guys! Agree that it is not an ideal setup. Mainly gonna use it for home practice. On stage is a big No-No. Guess i just need to give it a try to see how it works. 

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