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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Using a bass combo as an additional powered PA speaker

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Feb 26th, 2018 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just ordered a Markbass combo and see that in addition to a line out XLR it has a Line in XLR on the front panel. This got me thinking, could I daisy chain it from one of my powered PA speaker to boost up the PA when not using it for bass?

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 26th, 2018 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Unless the combo has a horn in it and you have a way to EQ the thing to more of a full range of frequencies, not really. It would probably make a decent powered sub-woofer although it may not go quite low enough. Getting it off the floor would be a necessity if using it to supplement full range PA.

The Markbass line is excellent. I love the little 1-12 combo they have. That thing can really fill a room.

L. Nedmundo


Feb 27th, 2018 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think it could be a good enhancement to a PA. I've played in a venue that used a bass combo as a vocal monitor, and it worked surprisingly well. I bet this MB combo would be good for that purpose.

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I say stuff
Feb 27th, 2018 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've done it in the past. It worked fine. Not with an XLR input though. No experience there. As Hammond mentions, a horn in the combo is a plus.


What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Feb 27th, 2018 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kick Mic/XLR converter into bass combo. Great for some thump when you have a smaller PA.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Feb 28th, 2018 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I do it the other way. An old Peavey 4-channel head into an old Traynor 1-15 cab. Pretty good bass rig at lower volumes.

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Feb 28th, 2018 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Roland KB-series keyboard amps make a fantastic portable PA. They also are perfect to amp an electronic drum kit.

Even the small ones have multiple channels with XLR inputs.

Check them out.

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