Bass and Synth into one-input amp

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SnowCal, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Hey, so I recently ordered a minibrute synthesizer to get a bit more flexibility in what I have to offer, but I'm not sure what the best route for getting it and my bass into the same head.

    I was thinking some kinda mixer pedal could do the trick. Does anybody have any recommendations here and am I going to run into issues regarding different signal strengths? Synths tend to be north of line level from what I understand and basses are obviously just instrument level.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    EHX Switchblade works for me (as long as you don't need both playing at the same time)
  3. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    an A/B/Y box ..?. if i remember ..

    just make sure you can use A or B , plus A & B ...

    i've had one ... to switch basses into one amp ...

    just need to try and match their volumes ... so there's not a giant surg or drop out when you 'd switch .. ?!
  4. Thanks. I'll take a look at that.
  5. mojothumper


    Apr 12, 2001
    Lincoln, NE
    I've been using a Korg Pitchblack + the last few years. It's a tuner and an A/B box. I run both my J basses and my synth into it. Great tuner as well.
  6. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    The Boss LS-2 pedal may be what you want; two inputs with separate volume and you can either mix them or switch between them.
  7. chrisrod9


    Jan 29, 2013
    Take a look at the Mackie 402-VLZ3 mixer ( Should do what you want and you can also use it for other applications (microphone inputs). You can separately adjust the input and output levels for each channel so that should solve the problem of different output levels between your bass and synth. It's only $99.99 at GC so you should be able to get another $15 off by asking the salesperson to email you a coupon while you are standing there.
  8. A mixer or the LS-2 is way way ahead of a simple a/b/y in terms of putting down the bass and going to synth without any knob twiddling drama.
  9. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    Checkout Lehle
  10. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I was using the iRig stomp for this. Gives you in and out from any device. I thought I;d use it for effects on my laptop but just ended up using it as an input for soft synths that I could then run through my pedals. Drawback is the mini-connector. Any A/B box should be fine. The bass synth sounds actually sounded great through my TC combo.
  11. What kind of amp do you have? Does it have an effects loop?

    I've had success with running my keys into the effects return and bass in the normal input. No need for additional purchases, and the line level sensitivity in the effects return seems to make things less noisy.
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Probably only works if your effect loop has a dry/wet mix control, otherwise it might cut your bass signal?
  13. I wouldn't think it would (although my amp does have a blend for the fx loop). Non-blendable loops are run in series I believe, so it would sum together the signals. I could be completely wrong though, hopefully someone with more knowledge than me can chime in.
  14. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Inactive

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
  15. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I do this, and the suggestion for the Mackie 402 VLZ3 mixer is your very best option. With the mixer, you have complete control over the levels, and you're able to use both instruments at the same time, if needed. AB pedals are great for 2 of the same signal, but this is 2 very different things.
  16. The MiniBrute has an external input, you could run your bass into the MiniBrute, and then run the Minibrute into the amp. This gives you the option of running your bass through the synth's filters as well.