to use powered mixer or combo amp as preamp?
I'm new to the talk bass forums. I've been reading on It for quite a while but this is my first post.
my dilemma is should I use my samick 15 watt combo amp or my Samson xml610 powered mixer as my preamp for my rig?
the rest of my rig is as follows
fuzz face pedal
crown ce1000 amplifier
alesis 3630 rack stereo compressor with gate
homemade 1x15 cabinet
thanks in advance, and looking forward to posting more..
Can't really see a Samick 15 watter as having a good preamp, let alone a preamp output.
I would use the mixer (and remember to use a line out, NOT a speaker output).
Mixer gets my vote also
Also, given that you only have a 1X15, I would just use the powered mixer as your amp for now. Plug a speaker output into the 1X15, and your good to go.
Using the mixer as a pre into a power amp is only going to give you the same tone as your powered mixer, just more wattage behind it.
Welcome to TB. :)
Bass -> Petals -> Mixer -> Amp -> Cab.
EDIT: Oops, I missed that its a powered mixer and broken. I recommend starting over with a real bass rig or bass combo amp.
My amp in my powered mixer is broke or something. It clips when its quiet.. And the samick has a line out
Also. I heard the alesis 3630 compressor sucks for bass. Should I be using this for heavy rock/metal sound?
Your mixer only has line and mic inputs - both have too low impedance for a passive bass and even with an active you could have level problems. So you'd need to go through a DI first.
You are giving yourself two bad choices here. You at least nead a direct box (DI) to work with your mixer, and for a little bit more money than a dedicated DI box, you should be able to find a more useful pre-amp that you can run straight to your power amp. Be careful, though. Some of the cheaper bass "pre-amp" pedals out there don't actually have enough line output signal to drive a power amp effectively.
As for the compressor, I don't know the model, but it's a general-purpose studio compressor that I doubt would "suck for bass", but you'd probably have to play around with the settings a bit to get the sort of compression that's musical on a bass guitar.
My powered mixer has line inputs. Can't I just hook it up to there? If not I have asmall passive do if that's what you're talking about.
A low impedance line input don't fits to passive pickups.
But I don't see any arguments why a line input shall not fit to an active instruments out.
DI is nice to have but not all the time necessary.
Even on stage a DI may sometimes be obsolete.
Some mixers have high-impedence options on their 1/4" inputs, but it's not the industry standard and not something one can assume going into a gig, unless one is providing the board.
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