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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Acoustic duo: DI the bass?

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Jun 28th, 2016 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking about an acoustic duo/trio. Myself on 6 string and vocals and a bass player. For small jobs I would DI the guitar. Can I do the same with the bass? Or will it be too much for the speakers (full range PA). What if the bassist is using a processor with limiting.

LeonB
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Jun 28th, 2016 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In my experience, full range PAs don't really reproduce bass that well, unless you are running a good sub.

I would use a good small bass amp, or a very controllable larger amp like the Fender Rumble 200 or 500. They work very well at low volume. The pre and post gain controls let you get good tone at low volumes, and they are pretty compact. Plus you can use the DI for larger venues.

Just my tuppence.

digiboy

New York City

Jun 28th, 2016 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DI on the bass without a stage amp can work out OK but it can also be terrible. I've experienced both. So much depends on the size and quality of the PA system, how it's set up, how loud you will play, and the type of music. If all those things line up you still need to consider whether you will be able to hear yourself.

Much better to have a decent amp unless you know exactly what you are getting into. I agree with LeonB. In fact most any bass amp can be adjusted to sound good at low volume, even if it's way more powerful than what was needed.













Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

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Jun 30th, 2016 12:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You probably need to consider your goal.

Our three piece set out with the concept that we would ONLY perform at small venues or private parties...thus far nothing over 75 people in an outdoor casual "concert" (Lawn chairs, ice chests, adults mostly over age 40ish) playing Americana folk/ballad rock.

I have mentioned our set up in several threads:

3 piece acoustic/electric. Mostly house parties. We try to project our sound approximately 50 feet. We feel that keeps our levels about quiet enough that if we run past the "quiet hour", the neighbors won't complain to the cops. Granted, in most cases, the neighbors are attending the function, but not always.

Americana, folk/rock, ballad rock. I don't think we play any "fast dance tunes".

We have acoustic/electric guitar, electric bass, 2 regular vocals and we usually have the ability to set up a third DI and a third vocal mic if someone wants to sit in. (about half the time)

We set the PA cabinets on the ground, parallel to our shoulders. That eliminates the need for speaker stands and considering we use them as monitors, it eliminates a lot of feedback issues and extra gear.


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Jun 30th, 2016 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree, a small bass amp would most likely give you the best sound and options.

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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Jun 30th, 2016 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Without a small bass amp for monitoring purposes, the two players will each have difficulties hearing themselves, unless you have a decent monitoring system with separate mixes for the guitar and bass player.

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