Originally Posted by rhythmic5
I know, lol. my idea was to get the tone from the amp, and simulate the cab with a variety of plug ins to see what worked best
also, I'm still lost on how I would fry my computer if I was stupidly plugging the amp load into my mbox? (my mbox, computer, and mesa head are all still working like new even after the hour episode of me trying to figure it out on my own thumbsup)
the problem with that is the head has no tone.
the tone comes from the head/speaker/cab interaction.that's why when you change speakers or tubes or cabinet size and material, it changes the tone.that's where you get sustain,distortion,feedback,overdrive,ect.
true that different heads deliver signal to the speaker out jacks in different way as in tube vs. solid state,sending reverb,overdriving one stage into another but if your going to simulate the cabs anyway, you may as well simulate the signal too.
as to why a connection from your speaker out jacks will fry your interface.
the head outputs signal in ohms to the speaker outputs, 2,4,8,16 ect.
that's to hot,unmatched and not intended for a preamp or an insert.
it may take an hour or a week but something is gonna give eventually.
also if you don't have a speaker or some kind of tube cube(attenuator) hooked up to the output of that tube head so it can see a speaker load, it will also die a horrible death, garanteed.