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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Device for quiet practice?

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Apr 16th, 2017 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

"A Tascam GB-10 works well for my purposes. "

Will look into that.


"How about a small bass practice amp that has an AUX IN and HEADPHONES out?"

I've been rummaging around in my stuff and found that I do an old iPod with VERY limited memory (but enough for a practice play list). Also have a Fender Frontman 25 (cheap-o, 25-watt, SS guitar amp, 1X10) with headphone jack and stereo RCA outputs. Also found a dual RCA-to-Sony adapter cord in my cables so I can rig it all up to practice with the stuff I sync onto the iPod from my iTunes library.

Of course, it's an open-back combo designed for guitar, so I'll have to go easy playing through the speaker so I don't blow it out, but "quiet" practice is what I'm after, so...

What I should probably spend my limited funds on at this point is a decent set of headphones with reasonable bass response. The ones I have are tinny-sounding junk.

Any opinions on the Audio Technica ATH-M50x Studio Monitor Headphones?

Any others in the $150-and-under range that somebody would recommend over those?




Bass is the place . . .
Apr 16th, 2017 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think (though I'm not positive) that usually these practice amps that have a HEADPHONES OUT jack have the speaker automatically disconnected when headphones/earbuds are plugged in.

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Apr 16th, 2017 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is the case with the Frontman 25R I mentioned above and seems to be the rule, in general.


New York City

Apr 17th, 2017 12:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote the Tascam trainer series for bass and/or guitar.

I have an older model but the new ones should be every bit as good. Lots of features, some you may never use. Particularly handy for me are the source playback functions. If the recording you want to play along with is slightly off pitch you can adjust it without affecting tempo. Or you can go the other way if you want to slow down a recording without affecting pitch to study a riff. (Or you can speed it up to exercise your chops)

Vince A

USA/Modesto, CA

Apr 17th, 2017 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use the Korg PX4 . . . it has been a great piece of equipment that will definitely help you learn your part in a song. I've had it for many years.

I plug my bass in, add a good headset, and run the music with a connection to my laptop . . . play the song over and over while you play the parts that you do . . . start and stopping as many times you can.

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Apr 17th, 2017 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

"If the recording you want to play along with is slightly off pitch you can adjust it without affecting tempo."

Now THAT I would find particularly useful, since the tuning on my randomly-selected practice list of older songs varies just enough to be very irritating.



PEI (East Coast)
Apr 18th, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

"A Tascam GB-10 works well for my purposes. "

That's a big +1!

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Apr 18th, 2017 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

One thing that's nice about some of the new, small bass practice amps is that they have a source/aux volume knob on the amp. Many of the older ones (such as my Frontman 25) have you adjust volume at the source device, which on my twitchy old i-Pod can be a pain. My i-Tunes library contains tracks from multiple sources (commercial CDs, i-Tunes, digitized vinyl LP tracks, etc.) so the volume of my practice play list jumps all over the place.

Keep your responses coming. I'm pretty behind the times tech-wise, which is part of why I started this thread (in hopes that many of you more tech-savvy guys would point me towards devices of which I was previously unaware).

Thanks, again.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Apr 19th, 2017 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Lot's of options out there. For travel i have the old Tascam CD Bass Trainer. That worked reasonably well, but you had to take along CD's, and it isn't exactly small. Then I discovered the IRig interface that allows you to plug bass, and headphones into your IPhone or IPad. Works great, much more portable but since you don't have the IPad or Iphone, not an answer for you.

When at home, I practice using my Itunes library, and plug my bass and headphones into a Tascam USB audio interface. I forget the model number, (it's discontinued), but it works great for this purpose. I get the song playback from the computer and mix it with the bass input from the interface. There are lot's of interfaces out there, some very inexpensive, that you could use.

Hope this is helpful.

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Worcester, PA

Mongo only pawn in game of life...
May 5th, 2017 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2 things - 1) a Line 6 PocketPod. Works great for bass and gee-tar. 2) Tascam MB-PT1 bass trainer. Speed up, slow down, change keys, etc. Also has internal memory to load MP3's. You can find these for $30 on up on fleaBay. I did try GB-10 mentioned above and hated it. Got very distorted when I turned the bass up. Thought it was defective and got another one sent and same thing. Maybe they fixed the newer ones....


New York City

May 5th, 2017 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Stratomark, Please check the model number on that Tascam Bass Trainer you like. I can't find any info on a "MB-PT1". Is that the right model number?

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"toxic masculinity personified"
May 6th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, picked up a set of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones from MF with a coupon, so that's a start. They sound good and seem to handle low frequencies well enough so long as you don't crank them way up.

One thing I really like about these 'phones is the detachable plugs on both ends) cord. In the past, it's usually been the cord rather than my headphones themselves that have failed. When the cord is hard wired, replacing it is usually impossible.

The device linked to below has now caught my eye. It has a lot of useful practice features plus might also work for quiet bass jams with somebody playing an acoustic guitar, negating the need to drag around a small practice amp when traveling.

Really more than I want to spend, but I'll probably wait and try to snag it on sale or with a discount coupon. Some other trainer + a small, light-weight, decent-sounding, bass practice amp would probably cost at least as much if not more.

Boss JS-10

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
May 6th, 2017 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Zoom B1on is an amazing little $50 device. Fantastic effects, amp and speaker simulations, drum machine and more.

The B1onX has an expression pedal but is the same unit.

Zoom B1on

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Insert witty comment here....
May 11th, 2017 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Yamaha THR-10 that does this job great.

Has patches for guitar/bass/acoustic and an aux input for mp3 etc.

Separate volume controls for instrument and aux in help balance things out.

The speakers are quite good for quiet but without headphones practice too.

MF linky

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

May 12th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Raven Labs PHA-1.


Colorado USA

May 26th, 2017 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Cafe Walter HA-1A. They are no longer being manufactured but if you can find a used one, I highly recommend it. The guy that makes them is working on the follow-up model, HA-2.

The Raven Labs PHA-1 is also good but I don't think they are being made anymore either. I bought the HA-1A because I like the idea of someone assembling the units at the kitchen table and hand etching the serial number on the case.

Cafe Walter Audio

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Jul 15th, 2017 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wound up trading a couple of things that were gathering dust for a Roland Micro Cube Bass RX.

First impressions?

Sounds amazingly decent at practice levels, especially given how tiny (4 @ 4"ea.) the speakers are. I'm pretty surprised, to tell the truth. My only previous experience with a teeny tiny practice amp was a Pig Nose I had back in the early 1970s: pretty much a useless POS IMO (I chucked that thing and replaced it with a nice 5F1 Tweed Champ that I found for $75...[that was then, this is now]).

Headphone out, tuner, some simple, simulated drumbeats with tap tempo and independent volume control My "beep,beep" metronome was driving me NUTS. Gain & volume nobs, bass/mid/treble EQ, some usable amp models, MP3 input, AC/DC converter included . Not all that excited about the built-in chorus and flanger effects, but I may throw in a touch of delay or reverb (also built in) and there's also compression (though it's basically on/off---not tweakable).

In addition, this will allow me to keep up with a couple of acoustic guitars around a campfire (it will run on batteries). I basically have come to the conclusion that I don't want to deal with the cost and ergonomics of a decent ABG that can actually be heard in such a setting.

Basically 11" X 11" X 7.5" and 15-pounds, the thing is quite portable.

Roland Micro Cube Bass RX:

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Jul 17th, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

This thing looks pretty cool for quickly setting up practice drum patterns on the fly. Street price is about $200.

Added bonus: it won't trash your hotel room or maintain poor personal hygiene...



Long Island City, NY

Jul 18th, 2017 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Regarding your phones:

>>When the cord is hard wired, replacing it is usually impossible.

A-T actually has excellent service options, even when you're out of warranty. I have three sets of the phones that preceded the ones you have (ATH M40fs), which I really love. The ear pads and headbands were shot and I had these replaced: they're like brand new.

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