The multiple combo club.
I have noticed that a lot of bassists are running multiple combos at gigs lately and I am one of them. I feel it is a trend that is growing a lot lately.
Here is why I do it.
Two cabs and two heads means back ups, if one every blows up I can still finish the show.
Size and flexibility
So who else is doing this and why do you do it? Lets see em.
Connecting the Combos
I was thinking of doing this as well, but how do you connect the two combos, or what is the best way to do so? I suppose if the combo had a line out you could use that to connect to the aux in of the 2nd combo. Any other suggestions?
GK MB112ii into GK MB115.
The redundancy is a good idea if there is any concern about the amp at all. The small, powerful combos that are now available makes this very feasible. If I was working more often, I would probably get a second MB combo and do the same.
There is little to gain in terms of loudness, though. You can barely detect the SPL increase from double the amp power (it's less than 1 dB SPL) . Try driving both speakers from one amp - you won't be able to tell the difference. the real boost comes from having twice as much cone area pumpin' out the good stuff.
I do like the idea of having the backup amp right there as part of your second speaker.
I use a pair of Ampeg B100Rs, with a Radial Big Shot ABY and a Yamaha NE-1 parametric in front of the amps. The Radial has two outputs, plus an isolation transformer (kills hum) and phase reversal. The Yamaha gives me midrange tweakage like a V-series Ampeg, plus acts as a master volume to control both amps as a unit. In addition to the advantages previously mentioned. the dual amp setup allows me to get the sound up closer to my ears without overdoing the volume thing. Also, I can EQ the amps separately and/or send an effect to only one. They look cool, too.
Yeah I like to set my compression on my amps a little different. Sounds great. I really think the processor like we are running is the way to go. It controls both cabs at once, makes it easy. I think my other main reason I love it is I have a bad back and refrigerator cabs are just too heavy.
Great setup and nice basses
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