What is everyone using for zero volume gigs?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Jarrett, Jan 13, 2014.


  1. Jarrett

    Jarrett Supporting Member

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    I have a new gig that is zero stage volume meaning no amps on stage. I'm running direct and getting a feed back via in ears.

    I'm wondering what people are using for these type of gigs these days? Line6 stuff? Micro bass amp with no speaker load? Pedal board and a DI? Have there been any new cool things that have come out in the world of bass amp modeling these days?
  2. KeddyLee

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    I use the MXR M80. I go direct in and the sound man takes it. Great DI box.
  3. Skeeter1

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    Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe for me good preamp or can go to board via XLR. Not digital which I like.
  4. CL400Peavey

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    I would never play such a gig, but if I did I would use my Aguilar Tonehammer DI.
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  6. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

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    I use either the MXR M80 or the Aguilar TH. Like the aggie more for electric (really just about anything) and the mxr for acoustic bass guitar because it doesn't have a signature sound as the aggie. Not a bad thing, just different
  7. Selta

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    SansAmp RPM usually. I'm looking into the possibilities of a few different pre's, but the SansAmp has been serving me well for this exact situation for 4 years (my main band is a heavy metal opera, we have no amps on stage due to safety and sound reasons). I'm pleased with what comes out FOH and in my IEMs, so that's all that matters to me.
    So basically my signal is:
    Bongos => Line6 G90 Tx => Line6 G90 Rx => SansAmp RPM => F.O.H.
    The Line6 receiver and RPM are the only things in my rack right now.
  8. Bassmec

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    Ampeg SVT IIP for me but my mates Avalon U5 was cool last time I did this.:bassist:
    PS See if you can get a couple of decent monitors on the rider though:)
    [​IMG]
    Clare bros S4's don't suck:bassist:
  9. Bass_Thumper

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    When I have to do this, I use my Tech 21 BDDI. Works like a charm.
  10. Baird6869

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    If it is a full band mix with drums, I bring my Jule Monique pre which has a great Di.

    If it is a patio acoustic thing or a corporate acoustic thing, I only bring my crappy $25 Yorkville DI. It actually sounds pretty good in any case.
  11. Roy Vogt

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    We had zero stage volume with Engelbert and I used to use a Line 6 Pod Pro into an Avalon U5 Preamp. Sounded pretty nice IIRC.
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  13. Interceptor

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    I do a fair number of those kinds of gigs.

    I use a homebuilt DI with a Cinemag transformer in it - and am finally happy.

    The homebuilt DI replaced a MXR-80, which replaced a Sadowski external preamp which replaced a Sansamp Bass DI, which replaced a Behringer DI. I found that anything active killed the dynamics and would give me just enough hiss to be irritating.
  14. BassCliff

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    Hi,

    I've done no-amp gigs using only the monitors and others with in-ears. I use only a direct box. The sound companies have always had either a JDI or Countryman. I always carry a DI box just in case. I vary my tone with my hands and controls on the bass. I'm a pretty simple guy and don't feel the need for preamps and tone-shaping active direct boxes. The FOH guy is going to make it sound like he wants to anyway.

    [​IMG]

    If it's a venue that you play a lot then you can probably work with the sound man to get "your tone". Most of my no-amp gigs have been one night stands with different sound guys every time.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  15. MVE

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    I played once a week for years at a place with only a small PA that I rarely bothered to bring my amp to. (two acoustic guitars and a small kit).

    I usually used the DI from my Aphex Punch Factory.

    I would center the trebs and mids and turn the bass upto about 3 oclock.

    It wasn't ideal, but it worked fine with active basses.
  16. bassmachine2112

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    bdi21 or Hartke bass attack or bass floor pod,usually bdi21
  17. Biggbass

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    I used a Bass Pod with IEMs- works great
  18. Roscoe East

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    Which amp model did you use in the POD Pro? I've got one of those, and the only model I find even vaguely usable on bass is the "generic mic preamp" model.
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    Use to gig with a Hartke Bass Attack, now using an Eden WTDI, love the tone out of it but I have to keep an eye on the sound man at FOH...
  20. lustersilk

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    Tech21 VT Bass DI - works very well in this situation - lot's of flexibility
  21. therhodeo

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    All of us who will do those gigs appreciate you leaving some gigs for the rest of us.

    Bass > pedal board (compressore always on) > DI box.

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