From my overflowing "Dumb Ideas" file...

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by efstop, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. efstop

    efstop Senior Member

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    I do a lot of goofy things when I'm bored, like building a chair out of rescued Plexi and bolts, making a low "art table" from aluminum-wrapped concrete blocks and a plate of 1/2" glass, or write short poems. However, this is the recording forum, so never mind all that.

    I have a virtually unused Marshall Class 5. I live in an apartment building with thin walls and a few crabby tenants, hence the "unused" descriptor. It has a headphone out so you can blow out your eardrums without the resulting visit from the local constabulary. I know that a line in can handle a headphone output if you keep the level low on the amp but I hesitate to run a tube amp without some kind of speaker, even with the attenuator.

    I thought that since headphones ARE speakers, and I have a couple of dummy heads (don't ask), why not bore a 1" hole on each side of the head, and stick a microphone up through the bottom (neck). Plug the 'phones into the amp and clamp 'em on the head, and connect the microphone to the mixer. The heads are made of somewhat thick plastic, so there might be some echo, but I can stuff something in there to dampen that if needed.

    OR, just tape the headphones to a ball head mic. I thought there might be some ambiance feature of the head, though.

    This might be one of those things that is just dumb enough to work. The chair and the table worked out OK.
     
  2. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Bionic Member Premium Member

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    Sounds like you have a lot of cool hobbies that require a HOUSE! You can rent houses for a little more than apartments these days. At least in my area you can. If you can't afford to buy.
    I play in my basement and I can dime out almost any amp without my neighbors hearing anything.
    My wife on the other hand hears it all.
     
  3. efstop

    efstop Senior Member

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    I don't miss home ownership except when it comes to making noise, either building something or playing loud music. I can also load up some gear and go to my workplace, where it's all light industrial. An affordable rental house would require a half hour commute, and likely a roommate, two things I wish to avoid :eek:
     
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  4. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    nothing wrong with wacky experimentation! have at it
     

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