Ox into volt 1 sounded bad. Why exactly? Other options?

Homeaudiolander

New Member
I'm happy with Ox sound using Ox headphone out but when I connected guitar cable from Ox mono line out into input of volt 1 it sounded bad.

Is it that I don't like the volt preamp with this?
Is it that the Ox headphone amp is just substantially better than the volt's?

How about this:
-Ox left and right outputs to mixer via balanced trs cables
-Audio source (computer) into DAC (via USB) into mixer (via RCA cables)
-output of mixer into dedicated headphone amp

What do you think? All input is appreciated.
 

rjjuly

Moderator
Moderator
Did you go into line or mic input? XLR input is mic pre input, TRS 1/4 inch plug is line input.

- Richard
 

Homeaudiolander

New Member
Hey thanks for answering. There's only one input unless I'm mistaken. It's an XLR / 1/4" jack. I stuck a regular guitar cable from left mono out of ox into this input.
 

klong

Active Member
If there isn't a super obvious issue like clipping/distortion, I'm guessing
A) Ox headphone IS probably nicer than Volt
B) Stereo from Ox headphone is going to sound nicer than mono

If you had a different interface with SPDIF or ADAT input, you could connect the Ox digitally and thus have the exact same sound (at least in the resulting file, still a different headphone amp obviously)
 

rjjuly

Moderator
Moderator
Hey thanks for answering. There's only one input unless I'm mistaken. It's an XLR / 1/4" jack. I stuck a regular guitar cable from left mono out of ox into this input.
That should work fine.
- Richard
 

Ron76

Member
On Volt 1, turn off VINTAGE and INST, and set the gain properly.
You should not notice any difference, except you ears might like the stereo image of the headphone output more, of course.
It is also a matter of the preset as you can pan / setup the virtual cab mics and room mics. Try different settings on OX.

Personally I would keep a DAW, DAC, mixer etc. out of the equation if not needed for recording. Think about selling Volt 1 and get a 2-channel Volt (2 or 276), have this running in standalone for practise or hook up a computer to this for playback and/or recording. Or just use the headphone out for practise.
 

Homeaudiolander

New Member
On Volt 1, turn off VINTAGE and INST, and set the gain properly.
You should not notice any difference, except you ears might like the stereo image of the headphone output more, of course.
It is also a matter of the preset as you can pan / setup the virtual cab mics and room mics. Try different settings on OX.

Personally I would keep a DAW, DAC, mixer etc. out of the equation if not needed for recording. Think about selling Volt 1 and get a 2-channel Volt (2 or 276), have this running in standalone for practise or hook up a computer to this for playback and/or recording. Or just use the headphone out for practise.
Yeah, idk why but it sounded much worse going into the volt input.

I think I'm going to go from the toslink out of the ox into the toslink in of an audient id22 and have audio source connected via USB to audient while monitoring directly. What does everyone think?
 

GoldOnTheCeiling

Active Member
Are you using a stereo preset on the Ox? The line outs aren't summed to mono

From the manual:

LINE / MONITOR Outputs (21)

Note: Use only shielded line/instrument cables with these outputs. Don’t connect unshielded speaker cables here.

The Left and Right LINE / MON outputs are for connecting OX to the analog line-level stereo inputs of studio monitors, a computer audio interface, or other audio equipment.

Both ¼” jacks can accept balanced TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) or unbalanced TS (tip-sleeve) connections. OX’s front panel LINE OUT knob controls the level at these outputs. At the minimum position (0), the LINE / MON outputs are off.

Note: These stereo outputs are not summed to mono when only one output is connected. When using a stereo preset (such as when microphones are panned or with stereo effects), connect both outputs to hear both stereo channels.
 

Homeaudiolander

New Member
Are you using a stereo preset on the Ox? The line outs aren't summed to mono

From the manual:

LINE / MONITOR Outputs (21)

Note: Use only shielded line/instrument cables with these outputs. Don’t connect unshielded speaker cables here.

The Left and Right LINE / MON outputs are for connecting OX to the analog line-level stereo inputs of studio monitors, a computer audio interface, or other audio equipment.

Both ¼” jacks can accept balanced TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) or unbalanced TS (tip-sleeve) connections. OX’s front panel LINE OUT knob controls the level at these outputs. At the minimum position (0), the LINE / MON outputs are off.

Note: These stereo outputs are not summed to mono when only one output is connected. When using a stereo preset (such as when microphones are panned or with stereo effects), connect both outputs to hear both stereo channels.
Well... I think this is the main issue. Volt 1 with it's 1 input will not be sufficient. Thank you so much.
 
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