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Posted by JT Murphy (220.127.116.11) on April 08, 2002 at 16:56:00:
In Reply to: mic amplification? posted by dg on April 07, 2002 at 22:46:26:
: Coming to the realization that I want my bass to sound like my bass, I'm going the mic (AMT?) route. Instead of a conventional bass amp (Clarus), I'm considering something a EA 1x10 cab powered by something like a Carvin 150W (@8 Ohm) PA rack amplifier and then a small Behringer mixer so that I can potentially mix my Realist with the mic and would give me the flexibility to throw in a 1/3 octave EQ if needed. Is this stupid? or am I better off going the EA/Clarus route?
I can tell you that I am currently using the Clarus amp and EA 1x10 with a Realist pickup and the AMT mic with what I consider to be excellent results. I blend the two with a Raven Labs Master Blender which has a three band eq for each channel. I also use a Sadowsky preamp between the Realist and the Blender (not necessary but I just like the color the Sadowsky gives to my sound) and an Aguilar all-tube direct box between the Blender and the Clarus (again not necessary but I like to warm the sound up a bit).
The sound is very much "my bass" and not the least bit electric sounding (when I want an electric sound I use an Aguilar 1x12 cabinet).
FYI, I got a very nice sound with just the Realist but the mic adds just a bit more woodiness and a very slightly more realistic sound. The Realist alone was very good.
Before I bought the Clarus, I was very hesitant because the Clarus doesn't have much power (read "headroom") but so far I have been happy with it. I have a Walter Woods (1200 watts) on order but the Clarus is doing just fine for now. The Clarus alone doesn't give a whole lot of EQ options but when combined with the Raven Labs Master Blender and the Sadowsky, I get the EQ options I need for the sound I want.
My thoughts on Behringer is that their gear is a bit cheap. I would recommend Mackie if you go the route you're considering but my first choice would be the Raven Master Blender: it does everything you need and is battery powered and very small. I have used the Raven Labs Blender direclty into an SWR Stereo 800 amp (no preamp) with good results too but I like the Clarus better. A PA amp would be similar to my SWR amp set up and would certainly work. I would rather have the EQ designed specifically for bass (on the Master Blender) rather than that of a mixer and the Blender is a lot smaller. The EQ centers are more appropriate for bass than would be a PA amp.
Good luck finding you sound!
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