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Preamp For Doubling

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by kirkm24, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. kirkm24

    kirkm24 Supporting Member

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    I am getting into the world of "doubling" between electric and acoustic upright. I have been researching options and there seems to be so many options available.

    Right now, I use a REDDI direct into the house with Shure in ear monitors (SE425 dual drivers) and I love the sound. My Electric Bass is a Marcus Miller modified with Aguilar Electronics.

    I am probably going to get a Realist pickup because I am more interested in a darker sound for the upright. When I played upright in the past, I used an Azola Bug Bass EUB and just plugged it straight into an SWR amp with no preamp.

    Has anyone ran a Realist straight into a REDDI? Is a preamp required? I want to incorporate the REDDI into my setup somehow because it sounds so great but maybe with the UB it doesn't.
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Gold Supporting Member

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    If you only look at it, there actually aren't that many true two channel amps for doubling on the market. The new Flex/Clarus+ From Acoustic Image, The Markbass LMK (now discontinued), and a Walter Woods (probably out of your price range).


    All great stuff. With your rig, it is conceivable that you could just use the Headway EDB-2 as your pre amp. It has a single channel EQ that you could assign to Channel 1, and a second channel that you would use for your Fender Jazz. That gives you full EQ for the DB, and a pre amp gain stage for the EB. That could then be run to the REDDI, if you aren't using any amplifier.


    Well, the Realist is a very well thought out pickup. I consider the Realist Wood, as it's a less like to dent the top of your bass. The Realist Life Line is also an option, provided you have bridge adjusters on your instrument.

    The REDDI has a 1 Megohm input impedance, that's very compatible with the Realist, but it doesn't solve your need for a two channel device, for doubling. You could indeed just run the REDDI directly into the mains, but generally running a DB direct into the house with monitors isn't the ideal setup, unless you have a individual monitor channel for the bass.

    Ric
  3. kirkm24

    kirkm24 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the advise on the Headway. I wasn't familiar with those but just looked them up. Looks very interesting.
  4. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

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    Radial Bassbone!!
  5. kirkm24

    kirkm24 Supporting Member

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    The Basswitch looks cool but expensive, I'd also hate lugging a REDDI and that as they are both large... I guess I could just use the DI out on the Basswitch but I'd lose the magic that is the REDDI.
  6. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Gold Supporting Member

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    Kirk,
    The EDB-2 is very small, and is threaded on the bottom of the box, so you can easily attach it to a microphone stand, so it's always at your fingertips for minor EQ changes. If you download the manual, from their website, it will give you all the info.

    Ric
  7. dkimbrobass

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Acoustic Amplification
    In order of preference,

    -Basswitch (can vary impedance, and is super-flexible, but, expensive).
    -Radial
    -Headway

    IMO. -DK

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