Help with choosing the best strings for my setup.
I'm looking for some advice on what strings to purchase for the sound I want on stage. I've built an isolation booth for my bass cab and me, similar to the one in the photo I've attached.
I'm using a Carvin BR115-4 cab and an Ampeg SVT 4 Pro head. I have a chair that I sit in to play, that is inside the iso booth. I like watching my band mates on stage via a live feed running to a small t.v. inside the booth. I have studios monitors hook up to the tv, which I run headphones to. I D.I. my bass signal from my head to the FOH and unplug my cabs.
I do have a mic in front of my bass to pick up the sound of the strings. I run this to my headphone and the monitors on stage for my band mates. I want my strings to cut through the monitor mix more (which they're not doing), so I'm wondering what kind of strings you guys recommend for this.
Thanks a bunch,
I'm confused. Your bandmates are playing on stage while you play from this booth? What is the purpose of this?
Did you get punished for something you did to your mates and you have to play from that booth while your mates play on stage?
Never heard of anybody micing the strings....
Mic'ing the strings won't do anything since they don't produce any sound by themselves.
Mic the the cab, not the strings. Your sound is not cutting through because the mic you're trying to mic your strings with is picking up sound from the cabinet but since it's not near the cabinet you only get the muddy part. Put it right in front/center of your speaker.
How cool is that :). Lol
I seriously want one
The cabs unplugged...???
Strings do make a sound ... True ...and amps often do not replicate the unplugged sound of the instrument
I am not an expert but I wouldn't think it mattered what strings you miked
It would be more of a choice as to what strings give you the sound you are most happy with
Awesome post... Unique and different
Well, the strings do produce sound by themselves, but on a solid body without either an acoustical resonance chamber or a pickup to send to an amplifier, being heard in a gig context is not going to happen, of course.
In order to drive a Marshall amp into oblivion and not pollute the stage mix, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has his amp & cab inside such a soundproof box with a microphone on the inside.
But to be totally isolationist on stage is a bit of overkill. I suggest you rethink your approach, with ear plugs if necessary, and try any conventional set of strings to see how it goes.
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