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Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by engebret, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. engebret

    engebret

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    Will the sound be better when playing through an ampifier (monitor) to the PA than plug in directly to PA without the ampifier?
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    A mixers line in tend to be a bit lower in impedance than a passive bass likes to see. That will equate to a loss of highs. I've done this many times and was content with what was coming out of the PA. A direct box of some kind would minimize this loss.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I've always thought plugging basses into mixers directly sounds lame. I only feel slightly better about most DI boxes, too.
  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes BUT - you're a professional Jimmy Lad! :D

    I actually much prefer to use my own amp. :)
  5. Downunderwonder

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    Could be better, could be worse, depends on the gear between the bass and the speakers.

    Assuming you have good gear available like Jimmy, either way works fine. Take one piece away and replace it with shite and there goes the bass.
  6. kilgoja

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    an amp sounds better than direct PA or a DI box. you get the tone from your amp rather than just the bass sound itself from the guitar. you get the eq from your amp coming through the PA which sounds much better. it's no contest.
  7. Vanceman

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    Next question.

    Which sounds better? DI to the mixer, or mic the cabinent, if you only had one choice?
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    No tweeter & you play with crunch (therefore need the speaker sound) & you have the RIGHT MIC

    otherwise XLR (pre) or DI
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    If it's an awesome DI like mine, DI. If not, a decent mic with an EQ curve that's relatively flat and low is my choice.

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