Bass rig setup/advice
I am considering buying the following rack items for my bass rig set up.
Would this be a good rig worth investing in?
What would be the correct sequence of this rack before it hits my Ampeg SVT-810E cab?
1)Ampeg SVT-4 Pro head
2)Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe tuner
3)Furman M-8DX Power Conditioner with Lights and Meter
4)BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer
5)Rocktron Blue Thunder Bass Preamp with Multi-Effects
6)Rocktron Hush Pro Guitar Noise Reduction System Silver
Bass rig setup/advice
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I agree with most of it, although I don't agree at ALL about rack tuners. Cheap little tuners work great, but not nearly as well as real strobes. More importantly, I'm old, my eyes are old, and I want those big lights.
"Power conditioners" don't actually do much of that at all until you get into really REALLY big money. I still like a Furman for the light and the outlets. Having one cord for the rack just makes sense, and they aren't that expensive for just outlets and lights. If the meter gets you off, okay. Just don't spend an arm and a leg for it.
The point about big lights and poor vision is totally valid, of course.
You may not yet be aware that these days there are some pedal tuners with strobe function and/or accuracy equal to any rack strobe tuner. Also, most rack tuners are not strobe, and their accuracy is the same as "cheap pedals", as they use the same circuit, just in a bigger box with more lights.
I think that the Blue Thunder has the Hush function already in it.
I had a rack tuner and loved it, but got rid of it to reduce the size of the rack. I'm pretty sure Blue a Thunder has tuner function as well.
Nope, no tuner in Blue Thunder. Yes for Hush.
Bongo has great review, although a little harsh - compressor is quite limited but sounds OK at default setting, navigation is unusual, but takes short time to get used to.
What made me sell my specimen, was awfull input signal range. Input gain does little - your guitar must have lots of output (I had to crank my Bartolini onboard preamp gain to max). Only than compressor and effects work as intended.
I love rack gear just as much as the next person.
But lugging dead weight for some gear I rarely use is a hassle.
I have a 8U rack case as well a 6U rack case. I am now debating on going smaller with a 4U rack case that will be my main rig.
The items you are inquiring are extremely heavy.
Your Amp is 40lbs
Your Tuner is 10lbs
A rack just for these two can put you around 60lbs.
You get the idea...
The first 3 items are a good start though.
Instead of the heavy Ampeg SVT Amp, you can probably go with Micro Class D amp, like a good brand name GK making some amps between 5-12lbs at 1U spacing. http://www.gallien-krueger.com/products/mb-heads/
If you need Ampeg tone, go with there Preamp SVP PRO at 9lbs.
Instead of the strobe Tuner, look into Korg rack tuners. The new one they have is at 1lb. http://www.korg.com/PitchblackPro
Furman Power Conditioner was nice just for convenience, just plug in and flip the switch. I did away with it and bought a Monster Power Conditioner, but then soon later bought a nice Surge Protector.
BBE 482i was a nice unit but more than often, I usually had it off or bypassed. I sold this unit off.
My future set up would be in order:
1U Shure Wireless
1U Korg Tuner
1U GK Fusion 800 Amp
Oh, and my tuner is a Korg.
Don't let these guys talk you out of it. I love my rig, and it has wheels...
Personally I would get a tuner pedal. Nice to be able to mute by stepping on it. I wouldnt bother with the other rack gear. The Pro 4 will sound great on its own.
Every SVT-4 I've tried doesn't have enough gain just with the input. Still way too clean for me.
This is true, I have a 6U with 2 amps in it because I like to have a back up with me. Its heavy, especially putting it on top of an 810.
Seems like you'd be running a pre amp into a pre amp? Why not skip the Ampeg and just get a power amp? Or you could skip the Blue thunder (with pre amp) and get a dedicated effects processor. If it's a drive thing, there are other ways to skin that cat.
Aside from that, I'm going to echo everyone else.
I'm wondering why you want a BBE? I've used one many years ago but... I'm much better now lol. (no offense intended) Do you currently use one?
I don't really like noise gates either... well, aside from for drums and stuff. I'd suggest getting the noise out of your rig.
You've also not mentioned what kind of sound you are going for, what bass you play or much of anything that could guide us. We're all kinda guessing here.
If your rig is gonna be anything like this, I'd suggest getting a very nice roll around rack and be sure to have some friends to help you load it into your car. It's gonna be heavy.
4 Pro, tuner, distortion pedal, and done. If you want a power conditioner, just get the $50 one. The $200 ones are no better, and the only thing they bring to the table are lights.
The Peterson is an outstanding tuner.
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