Big Sounds in Small Packages
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Question 1 of 7
Back in the ’60s, PA (or sound reinforcement) systems had yet to be invented for use in live music. What were rock bands using instead?Correct
While it left an impression on the audience, the downside to this setup was that there was nothing to balance the mix of different instruments, so everything sounded loud and distorted.Incorrect
Question 2 of 7
“Disgusted” by the trend of low sound quality, Charles Watkins of WEM in London developed the first PA systems for instruments and vocals, that both amplified and balanced sound. How did this ultimately change how amps were used?Correct
The new PA systems were designed to produce enough power to amplify several instruments, balanced the sound and in another key improvement, allowed musicians to hear themselves from monitors — speakers onstage that point directly at performers so they can hear how they sound.Incorrect
Question 3 of 7
The stacked amps of the ’60s influenced guitarists to:Correct
In certain settings, rock guitarists also like to max out their amps’ power to get a distorted “overdrive” effect.Incorrect
Question 4 of 7
What people who attended popular rock concerts–where amps were sometimes stacked for appearance even after PAs–didn’t know was that professionals recorded with:Correct
Often using basic practice models in the studio, professionals preferred them when recording because with less power, they could turn up to get the tone they liked without being too loud.Incorrect
Question 5 of 7
Over the past 10 years or so, people have been recording more at home, and are better educated on how their favorite rock guitarists recorded. As a result:Correct
Soon came models like the five-watt Epiphone Jr., 18-watt Century 7th Anniversary model, the 15-watt Orange Tiny Terror, the 15-watt Ibanez Tube Screamer Amp, the 20-watt Paul Reed Smith 2 Channel Custom 20 combo, and Peavey’s new Mini Head series, which can plug into speakers, a PA, or a computer (via USB).Incorrect
Question 6 of 7
Peavey, the amp manufacturer who we interviewed for this article, waited and watched how and why small amps were used before releasing their own. Their small guitar heads’ built-in attenuaters…Correct
To attenuate means to reduce, so attenuaters enable users to reduce power. This can be helpful, as Michael Smith of Peavey points out that a player could set it at one-watt and still manage to fill a small church with sound.Incorrect
Question 7 of 7
Why do systems and amps for bass, keyboard, and electronic drums especially use hundreds of watts?Correct
Low end frequencies require more power since the sound waves are bigger and don’t travel as far. Systems and amps for acoustic guitar, bass, keyboard, and electronic drums also don’t make use of the “overdrive” effect, so it’s better for them to have power on reserve.Incorrect