To Amp or Not to Amp
First post here, just a thought I've been wrestling with for a while.
Is it still necessary to have an amp?
I have had the pleasure of using my setup through quite the amount of amplifiers in my day and I'm no longer too sure where I stand on this front.
I'm a big Nine Inch Nails fan and I found out that they run their entire live show through Mainstage. Seen them live last month, it was amazing!
So, what are your thoughts?
Well, personal preference. For me, an amp/cab set up is part of my overall sound, including at least one board of pedals, and sometimes with a larger board, but always through my amp and cab. Some people prefer going DI to a full featured PA. In the end, it's just a matter of preference, and your own tonal goals.
I seem to remember a rig rundown for Evan Brewer where he had switched to no amp. We use no bass amp at the church where I play. It's a personal decision. I find it awkward to play with just in ears, because I can't feel what I'm playing. You can definitely get away with it though.
sometimes I think exactly the same.
a good bass and a good preamp/DI to PA and IEMs...
Most working bassists aren't playing stages where an in-ear mix would make sense. For a touring outfit playing huge stages, in-ears seem to be the current trend.
Whenever I can, I like running my bass through a pa simply for a more consistent mix with the band. I'm usually di from my head to the mains. But I like the feel of a cab on the stage as my own personal monitor. I don't see a reason to not have a cab set up even if you are using mains for the majority of the sound. Better to have and not need than need and not have imo.
I get in my area 1% supplied FOH. The rest of the time I would have to patch into my own PA and expand the monitors capabilities to cover on stage bass monitoring. So beefing up the monitor system would be to replace a on stage rig. Either way I still have to supply an amp and speakers. The difference would be I have to go much further with the monitor system to keep it clean for vocals/guitars/keys.
If you get to a gig and there is a PA capable of handling a bass and you have brought your amp you can use either.
On the other hand if you get to a gig and there is no PA you're screwed. As is the band and also the venue. You won't get asked back.
In my world, gigs with a decent PA are few.
thanks guys, ive been looking around and another problem im having is I can either afford a GK head and I have some Peavey FOHs about the house, or i buy some studio monitors. Im not too sure what would be handier to me.
Also ,I dont have IEMs and relying on decent monitors in venues is never a good idea.
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