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My Realist?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by showfeet, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. showfeet

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    Hi everyone,
    I am having trouble with my realist. I went for about a month period of only playing acoustic shows, and using microphones. I went to a jam session with a drummer, tried to plug my realist in, and barely any sound, and it always cuts out. What sound is there is super distorted, like a heavy metal bass guitar. I don't have a preamp, but it has never done this before. I've tried cables, amps, and ect. Is my realist dead? What can I do about this? I was thinking of getting an EAP soon, anyway, but I'm a student with not a ton of money. Post your thoughts. Thanks.
  2. Greg Clinkingbeard

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    Check to see if the bridge foot has moved or tilted but you probably need a new pickup. If the fit is good it's dead. You might want to try another cable but it's probably the pickup.
  3. showfeet

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    Yeah, the fit is good. As a sound guy, I do own a Audio Technica Pro 35. If I where to mount that from the F hole, and get a pre amp, would that work well? I know that feedback and bleed would be a problem.
  4. DoubleMIDI

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    I used an Audio Technica ATM-35 with the DPA Bass holder with a bigband (other can clip it to an adjuster, but this doesn't work with my bridge). I have a XLR to instrument adapter for the power adapter and this works fine with an amp.
    Of course there is a limit for amplification, but putting the amp a bit away or directing it away from the bass body helps to get a bit more out of the amp before feedback starts. And digging in more gets more out of the amp, so if you can play a bit harder (and probably also closer to the bridge at the end of the fingerboard) this might help.

    My mic sits about 2 cm above the top a few cm "south" of the bridge.
    Of course there was some bleeding of the drums, but it was acceptable.
  5. Michael Case

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    They do die after a while. My realist had the same problem. The wire between the jack and the pick up just lost the connection.
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    Thanks so much guys!

    And doublemidi, can you post a link of a mic/instrument adapter? You are helping me so much.
    Thanks
  7. DoubleMIDI

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    Not during the next 7 days, I'm away from the bass and microphone at the moment.

    It is a black box about 10 cm or 4 inches long, containing a 9 volts battery, a special connector for the microphone cable, an XLR connector and a power switch with off, bass damping and full range positions. There is also a belt clip mounted at the box.

    It is the older version of the actual Audio Technica microphones, that is no longer available. I got it used for a good price and since the high frequencies are more attenuated than on the DPA, the drum/cymbal bleeding is not as bad as with the DPA. The sound quality is not as good as with a studio condenser mic or the DPA, but much better than the signal from a pickup. And it seems to be rather feedback resistive.

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