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#1056974 - 08/21/14 09:39 PM Bass Amps or Makeshifts  
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I just purchased a bass. The brand is Samick.
It has a wood looking finish, which I always preferred with guitars.
I have never owned a bass, even though that was the first instrument I wanted.
I supplemented bass in my recordings either with the bottom strings of an electric or acoustic guitar or through the bass sounds on my synthesizers.

I don't have a bass amp, and when I first played the bass went from my equalizer to the line-in on my pc.
But I would like to do it right and get a bass amp or maybe something makeshift with that that the members might suggest.

How crucial is having that bass amp and what brand do the members suggest?

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You can record bass well if you have a preamp for recording and plug straight in.

If you don't have a preamp, there are lots of small, inexpensive solid state bass amps that are fine. Ampeg, Peavey, Carvin, Fender, etc. You can find one at a pawn shop for not much money and since you don't need much power or volume for recording, it can be quite small.


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#1057098 - 08/22/14 11:51 PM Re: Bass Amps or Makeshifts [Re: Colin Ward]  
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Thanks Colin.

I saw some nice preamps in a local pawn shop.
That would seem to solve most of my hookup issues with instruments in general, if I understand the function of them.
Not any bass amps though.
I might have to go outside of the city I live for that.

The way I have it now is kind of rinny tin tin.
But there is still a lot more power with a real bass.
It sounds like a complete garage sound even with the weaker setup.

#1067700 - 12/05/14 12:21 PM Re: Bass Amps or Makeshifts [Re: R&M]  
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You probably only need a bass pre-amp. I've seen stand alone units starting under $75. Cindi Lauper's bass player did their last tour using a bass pre-amp routed into the PA.

I have a presonus tube channel strip that does wonders to a bass's sound. I'm sure any decent pre-amp channel strip would be a big improvement over DI.

#1069796 - 12/24/14 05:17 AM Re: Bass Amps or Makeshifts [Re: Sue Rarick]  
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I remember in the eighties that Cindi Lauper's original backing band was The Hooters. I always liked "All You Zombies".
A stand alone pre-amp unit would seem better. I was looking more at PA's because of not being able to track down a bass amp where I live.
My stereo amp setup thuds with the sound.

I would like some simple bass tracks to be judged with that sound when I get that. If I could indulge that with the members.
The first instrument I wanted to play was bass.

Thanks much for the advice.

#1069899 - 12/26/14 01:24 AM Re: Bass Amps or Makeshifts [Re: R&M]  
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Here is the amp I was talking about Sans Amp RBI $329: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...amp-rbi-rackmount-bass-tube-amp-emulator

He also uses this sans amp $199: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/tech-21-sansamp-bass-driver-di

The second one at $199, really makes more sense for most people.


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