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Need help from GK users

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by pglaser01, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. pglaser01

    pglaser01

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    Morning TB'ers

    Got a last minute gig this saturday night. The venue is much bigger than anything I've played before. I was able to carry most rooms with just my GK MB115 (old silver one), afraid it wouldnt cut it. So I picked up a used GK MB210 (again old silver one) to stack with the 115 and have a full rig and all points in between.

    If I use both, any suggestions as to the settings I should have on both amps volume, gain, EQ wise?? Would like a nice blend and not have the 115 struggle to keep up. Also any offerings on best place to split the signal? Have dual outputs on my tuner and my Sansamp BDDI, but not sure if having a dedicated clean and affected amp will sound good...

    thoughts, ideas, and experiences appreciated!!!
  2. will33

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    I'd use whichever piece is last inline as the splitter to start with. Turn each combo up to where they're putting out good sound without getting farty or distorted. Use clean tone to find where that level is before adding any effects.

    As for tone adjustments on each, you're just going to have to experiment. Make your adjustments while listening from out in the room where the audience is.

    If you have more time to experiment, it might be cool to try running the sansamps more tubey effects to one and setting up the other for either a cleaner or more growly GK sound.

    Lots of options there. As long as you don't run either amp into speaker damage territory, the only real rule is "if it sounds good, it is good".
  3. pglaser01

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    Thanks! Figured I'd need some experimenting, just not sure if anyone else has tried this combination. Wondering if I split from the DI if the 210 would sound better clean and let the 115 get the Ampeg setting and boost the lows or keep the 15' clean
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    Mess with it at home to get yourself in the ballpark, but you'll still have to readjust at the venue. What sounds good at home isn't always what works best at the gig.

    When running both combos, plug them both into a powerstrip, then plug that into a single wall outlet to insure they are both on the same electrical circuit for safetys sake. You don't want your body inbetween different electrical circuits.
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    am a GK player and the best advice i have is make sure you have the master volumes at around 12 o'clock to start, and then bring the gain up to 9 o'clock or more and see how much volume you can get without distorting/breaking up. i run my low mid nearly wide open, and usually higher than my bass setting. i also use my boost nearly wide open always. you have to just find the clip point and work from there.

    you could easily try the bi-amping type of deal with highs on top, lows on bottom. for me i just never really liked it. i would much rather have both cabs sounding good tonewise and mix them.

    i also do not run any pedals whatsoever. i go for the natural GK boost/grind in the mids that GK is famous for. it's not for everybody, but i always found that the outboard/pedal gear "cut" my tone tremendously and introduced noise.

    if you have a contour setting, it can make a big difference in cutting frequencies. i usually try and get the loudest and cleanest tone first, then dial in my dirt.
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    I use a Lehle splitter to drive two GK MB115s, other TBers also use the Radial BigShot switcher to drive two bass combos.
  7. pglaser01

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    Thanks all...

    Thought about bi-amping, but would that paint me into a corner power wise? I would presumably want my lows out of the 15' and let the 2x10 handle the punchier midrange but thats 200w vs 350w...would I be pushing the 15' too hard if I use it for lower freq.? Granted I understand i shouldn't push it all the way...but I still have yet to soundcheck in the place and not sure how much will be needed in the mix. Any ideas that direction or should I just try to run both combos with settings equal to each other and adjust volume?
  8. pglaser01

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    Do you run it exactly like a 2x12 or shift EQs at all on either of them?

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