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bass amp for headphones during practice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by okieman, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. okieman


    Sep 17, 2010
    I'm having to wait a while before my finances are where I can get a new bass amp. In the duration, I wonder if there is some kind of little bass amp on the market that I can use drive my headphones when I practice? They're studio quality.
  2. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    there's the Vox Bass Amplug... might be worth looking at. But I haven't tried one, so no idea how good they are
  3. How about a Korg Pandora? I use one all the time to practice with. Also has an input to plug in an MP3 player or Ipod. I got mine used for 50 bucks!
  4. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    I only practice with headphones...

    Behringer Xenix
    Vox Amplug
    Korg Pandora
    Rolls PM351 (or PM 50 if you'd never sing)

    All of the above can be found for under $50 (used) and have their own benefits.

  5. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Cafe Walter, sold through Bass Northwest. Completely transparent and perfect for high quality headphones.
  6. If you can find one, the Raven Labs PHA-1 has good quality sound. Not made anymore but they appear from time to time on TalkBass.
    Good luck :D
  7. garak7

    garak7 Irritating the Neighbors Since 1964 Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    I have the Vox Bass Amplug and it works well. It has compression and is basically flat sounding. So, if you have a nice sounding bass, it will sound great, but if you have a crappy sounding bass.....
  8. okieman


    Sep 17, 2010
    Wow a lot of great suggestions. I researched all of them. JxBass was the only person to mention the Cafe Walter. It's an obscure device but extremely interesting. Maybe I'll get one someday. I'm looking around on eBay etc for best price on a Korg Pandora. I know it's *bloated* with options including guitar crap I don't need, but it can do two things useful for a beginner like me. 1-Cut out the bass of audio I feed into so that I "become" the bass player in the song, and 2-Record up to 80 seconds of music and play it back looped at a slower speed so I can figure out what the bass player is doing in a song.
  9. I have one as well. best money Ive EVER spent on bass. sure you need a bass you like, an amp, cabs etc. but this tool is absolutely fantastic. Ive never looked forward to practicing but with my ipod going into the aux in and cutting the bass freqs out, practice just becomes fun now. trying to cop a tone and see how well it fits in. I say go Pandora.
  10. BNM


    Feb 4, 2006
    Queens, New York
    I use one of these. If you just want a simple headphone amp it's good, it's just an input, output, and volume knob. So far it seems solidly constructed and reliable.
  11. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Go for a Korg Pandora. I like its bass models much better than Line 6's.

    Check Marlowe DK on Youtube. Most of his bass tones on those clips are nothing but his bass and a Pandora.

    I got mine for $60 3 years ago. The best $60 I ever spent in my life.
  12. scotts42

    scotts42 Banned

    Jan 3, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    +1 for the Cafe Walter. I haven't set my gear up at home in the 8 months I have owned mine
  13. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I actually have both the Cafe Walter and the Korg Pandora. The Pandora is good if you want rhythms and effects, a la Marlowe DK, but the Cafe Walter is the best headphone amp on the market for a pure, transparent tone. Don't take my work for it, do some searches on it and read the reviews :)
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    This - I bought a used Pandora PX4B a couple of years ago, and it's been great... Mine has been stone reliable, but if it crapped out tomorrow, I'd get another one right...

    - georgestrings
  15. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    +1 on the Pandora's. I've been using mine exclusively lately for learning new material, and the repetition would drive anyone in the house bonkers! I'm running either a CD or MP3 player in to play along.

    The drums sound cheesy, but are really useful for practice, starting slow and working up to a faster cadence.

    Some of the effects are pretty cool, but if I like them I try to model them on my BP8, which sounds better.
  16. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    I use a Tascam bass trainer. It makes a good headphone amp, and will let you play with mp3's changing the key and preserving the tempo or vice versa. I find it pretty handy when I have to learn a cover song, especially if I have to learn it in a different key.
  17. Fredde


    Oct 21, 2010
    Helsinki, Finland

    I use the Vox Amplug. It sounds good, it's cheap and it feels cheap. The gain/tone/vol-knobs are very small and difficult use as the numbers are almost impossible to read and you accidentally change the settings all the time. It has an "effect/compressor"-switch that doesn't seem to do much apart from increasing gain.

    In short: It serves its purpose, but I think I'll try another brand if (when) it breaks. A less compact design with input/output jacks and proper pots in a metal chassis would be nice.

  18. I use the CD version but never use the CD deck. I connect my Mac to the aux input and just use it as a headphone amp. If it ever fails it'll be replaced with a simple micro mixer.
  19. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Another vote for the Cafe Walter. iPod, laptop, or metronome in the Aux, bass in the In: ready to go. Very transparent. Actually, a good way to audition a bass: what you hear is the sound of the bass. :hyper:

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