2x15 as a recording cabinet?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by zekmoe, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. zekmoe


    Nov 9, 2005
    I’m seeing plenty of deals on 2x15 cabinets due to their weight and size. I have a decent sized home studio and jam area and thought to get one as I won’t really be moving it much, if ever once it’s there. Primarily Mesa non ultra lights, some with the road ready case-like construction, some without. $400-600 usually. Has anyone used these for recording, mic’d Etc? I usually record split direct and mic’d but nothing that large. A waste? Good sounding as long as you don’t have to move them? Thanks
  2. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    If you like how the cabinet sounds and have a room to record with it, go for it. There is no set sound for any 215 cabinet - it's going to vary widely.
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  3. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi zekmoe :)

    A good cab is never a waste!

    And a big cab that sounds good, is better than a small one you don 't like.

    may the bass be with you

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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    People have mic'ed 810's cranked all the way up before, so you will be fine.
  5. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    sure, any cab can be a good recording cab if it sounds the way you want.
    also, depends on how you record.
    If its just bass tracks .. hardly matters if it gets the sound you want
    If you record with a band, now you have to decide if you're going to record "live", everyone all at once, or do some isolation.
    There's where such a big cab could be an issue when recording because the bleed into the other mics (guitars, drums etc) could become an issue.

    Whenever I have been in a professional studio that used a cab of any kind, it has almost always been pretty small, close mic'd and arranged in some degree of isolation from the other players/sound sources. In those situations, there is almost always a DI line for bass as well as the cab mic.

    if it works for you, it works
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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  7. Or go DI when everybody's recording together. Then, in an otherwise empty recording studio, run the original DI track signal back through your amp and cab. Put the microphone about six feet away from the cab and let her rip. Record that as a separate track. Now you can blend that with the original DI track in the final mix.
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  8. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    EVs record well
    One of the classics.

    Sensitivity be high.
    2x15 wake up pretty good in home inviroment
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  9. onamission

    onamission Supporting Member

    Why not, 2x15's are a beautiful thing. Use some good mic's like a SM57 or Sennheiser e602. Enjoy it!!
  10. higain617


    Sep 12, 2013
    I always got a good recorded tone out of mine.
  11. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    I did some recording in Hollywood in the early 70's (1972 I think it was) with my 215 powered and ported Standel amp. Techs could not get a satisfying mic take from it. Granted, at the time most cabs were sealed and this cab had 4 circular ports stacked vertically next to the 215's, but they struggled with it for about 10 minutes before plugging my 1965 Jazz Bass directly into the board.

    New cabs are much more distinct than those old "wooly" ones, but you are still not going to get the transient response and articulation out of any of the 15" speakers that you will get out of the 12" and 10" ones. They can give you a rounder sound than any of the others though if that's what you're after.

    Back in the 60's and 70's LOTS of recordings were done with that flip-top Ampeg 115. If that's the sound you're after (think Motown recordings), they still make that amp.

    I recently did a recording session where I just used my WTDI. That's a DI box with an Eden preamp and compressor built in. I ran it flat with a little boost ~500Hz (the Mids control toggles between 500Hz and 2KHz). Enhance control was off and adjustable compressor was off. Raw recordings of it sounded great - extremely clear with very full low-end that was extremely well defined. In fact, the owner/engineer was so impressed with it that he had to come out to see what I had used. Said they ran it straight as I sent it without any EQ adjustments at all. I commonly use this DI into the effects of any backline I'm forced to use because I can make just about anything sound like my Eden amp with it.
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  12. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Heck yeah they sound good. I've used my old Mesa 215 for recording sessions.
    The EV15's are very crisp and well defined.
  13. 15's record just fine, a big cab is always good to have. Pop some wheels on it ;)
  14. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Here's a link to an old thread I started on JBL 15's. There are some studio cuts using a 215 Kustom cab, loaded with JBL 15's. The cab was mic'd.
    Those sweet JBL K140's
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  15. Nice, nice, nice!
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