But I want to try it because I think there is a small chance that it would sound good.
As of late, I have been interested in bass distortion. I am using the Behringer V-Tone (which mimics a SanSamp DI). I have been doing research and, based on the videos I have seen and soundclips I have heard, I believe that bass distortion sounds best when there are separate "clean" and "wet" channels simultaneously. I found that this allows more control for the amount of distortion in the mix and preserves precious low-end that can be lost when a distortion pedal is used in a single chain to the amp.
Therefore, what I would like to try (and where I need advice):
I want to run two amps at once and use one for distortion and one as a clean channel. I, unfortunately, do not have any identical cabs. I only own a Peavey TVX-412, a Fender Bassman 410, and a Hartke Transporter 1x15. I have two heads: an Ampeg PF-500 and a Hartke HA5500. This is how I planned on doing the pairing and EQ:
Distortion rig: Ampeg PF-500, Fender Bassman 410, and Behringer V-Tone pedal (for distortion). EQ set with lows and highs cut and mids boosted.
Clean rig: Hartke HA5500 with Peavey TVX-412. EQ mostly flat with a slight mid scoop to allow the distortion to cut.
I realize that the combination of a 412 and 410 is not sonically ideal, but it is what I must work with at the moment. I also realize that this setup could get pretty ridiculously loud, so I would certainly be conscious of my stage volume.
I will be using passive Spector and Peavey 4 string basses with this setup.
What I would like your opinions on:
1. What would be the most effective way to split the channel from the single bass to the separate amps? Using a DI box? Suggestions are welcome.
2. We all know mixing cabs isn't ideal, but based on the gear I have, is there any science to support a different mix being "better"? Such as using perhaps the 4x12 and the 1x15?
3. Have any of you done something like this and, if so, what gear did you use and were you pleased with the result?
I know some people will cringe at a suggestion like this, but let's keep it friendly. I'm just interested in your opinions and having a productive discussion.
Thanks in advance!