Alternate bass amp use?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by krfoss, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Any reason I shouldn't use my bass amp as a small pa system for an outdoor projector movie night?

    I'm using the ampeg micro vr with the two 210 matching cabs. If I run the audio out from the projector into the effects return, think thisll work?
  2. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Do it
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    because it's MONO!
    local bar is playing Music out of a Fender Rumble, doesn't sound great to my ears
    Maybe it would sound better if you had TWO & separated them for Stereo.
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  4. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I've done this before. It should work fine. No sense buying or renting gear for a one-off.

    A bandleader who hires me uses an old bass head as a power amp for his PA. One of the other bassists on his list gave it to him.
  5. Maybe not with your cabs, try it out though. Turn the tweeter full up.
    I use my Genzler Magellan 800 as an everything amp often.
    Mixer into the Aux In or in your case Return and it is just a clean power amp to be used for whatever you need loud.
  6. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    This is reason enough to buy a new amp. Thanks!

    I wonder if the Mrs will go for it.....
  7. The EA cabs are full range (but not 20 - 20 more like 41 to 18kHz). My friend made me 2 mono D amp blocks and when at home I use my DAW and do direct montoring with Apollo interface. and route the output to the mono blocks and EA instead of the powered speakers, specially if I am playing with someone. I use them for gigs as well but not in stereo
  8. I think you ought to live stream it. Have your video projector showing the video and people in the neighborhood can listen on their smart phones.

    Search the webs for local streaming providers to keep the internet latency down. In fact you may have a neighbor who does this now. Many NAS backup systems are capable of running a VM for streaming. Many musicians now rehearse via streaming. There's just a lot of streaming and game servers around in peoples houses theses days.

    You'll keep the complaints down if you don't blast speakers.
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  9. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Yup, it'll work just fine. Eqs always a little funny cause its running through a bass amp and cab, but it works just fine
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  10. The only reason not to is that it may sound a little funny. It depends on what the frequency response of the speakers is like. Bass amps sound fine with "interesting" response curves.
  11. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Next Thread title be like:

    Should I use my bass amp to jump start my bands tour van?
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  12. No problems, you can do it. Only thing is, it'll be mono. So left or right channel individually unless you know how to combine them.
  13. tgriley62


    Jan 25, 2011
    S.E. Mo
    Back in high school in the late 70's I had my first bass amp. Thought it would be cool to use the headphone out on my 8 track and send Rush's 2112 through the amp input and into the two 12" woofers of the amp. Didn't thing it would be loud so I didn't think to turn the amp down. Scared the living crap out of me when it kicked in
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    It's not gonna explode. Maybe you don't get the right EQ points but you're the only one who will catch that.
  15. thetragichero


    Jan 4, 2019
    as a high school kid i used my crate bx100 to run a cd player through for tunes at a backyard party. worked fine
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  16. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    I support it.
  17. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Well the it's settled. I like the idea of streaming to keep it all silent, but it also sounds like a heap of work and will most likely have a ton of delay and be out if sync with the movie. So, amp it is.

    Thanks for confirming my strategy. Here's hoping it all turns out.
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  18. factory presets

    factory presets

    Mar 3, 2020
    That would be a mixing desk. Many keyboardists or DAW jockeys use them. You might be able to borrow one if you know such people.

    Plenty of 4 channel ones sitting on computer desks everywhere.
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  19. I used my Markbass CMD121P exactly that way before the museum where I volunteer had a PA system donated. Just take a little time in advance to figure out input levels and controls then dial it in and you’ll be fine. Stereo is nice but not at all essential as long as you mix all the sound into one channel for mono.
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  20. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, TN
    I’ve used my Phil Jones Session 77 for exactly the same application. Aux out to the projector. Also used for Zoom calls and my kids’ homeschool classes. It’s supposed to cover up to 30k Hz, and for 100 watts, it is enough to echo across our backyard. A fantastic little amp.