Busking duet- Everything through one amp?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Chicory Blue, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon Supporting Member

    Ok, so this is maybe the most ridiculous thing I’ll ever ask, but whatever. A friend and I are looking to play the streets together, and I’m curious whether it’s remotely possible or wise for us to handle all of our output on a single amp.

    See, it’s like this: My solo busking affairs are a peaceful scene- bass and mic through a looper, a gentle dusting of effects, all coming through a cute little 3-watt amp. The amp handles bass, percussion, harmonica, etc., and has suited my outdoor adventures well for a long time.

    Sometimes a friend of mine gets involved- a keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist- but then we hit a problem. He’s got one battery amp, much higher output than my shy little Fly, which means he can only really do one thing at a time- sing, keys, or guitar- and that thing has a tendency to drown out everything of mine, which comprises the entire rest of the band, essentially.

    Obviously there’s a wealth of possible solutions here. He could get a second battery amp and just turn the hell down, for example, but then, I’d like to be louder too- every time a truck drives by, I can’t even hear myself. Plus, we’re a busking affair, so less equipment is always better.

    Which brings me to my crackpot plan-

    A Roland Cube Street

    Without breaking either of our backs or bank accounts, we could plug his mic, my looping rig (which functions as a mixer for the attached instruments), and his keyboard all into this thing, while plugging his guitar into the spare input of my looping rig. Elegant? Hell no. Efficient? Hell yes.

    Remotely a good idea?

    Well, that’s why I’m asking.

    What do you guys think? Doable, or back to the drawing board?

  2. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Multiple things running at the same time- Sure. Think 64 channel p.a. mixers. The cube street is a great amp, but there will always be a limit to it's use as a bass amp. Play where there aren't trucks, and have fun.
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  3. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    I have used a pair of Cube Streets an ABG, electric guitar, and vocal mic. I used a mic splitter to send the vocals to both. Bass plugged into one and guitar into the other. It was enough power to play in a office but not on the street. The Cube Street EX has a lot more power. Roland - CUBE Street EX | Battery-Powered Stereo Amplifier

    The old and discontinued Crate Limo TX50D were also quite nice.

    If you need a battery powered mixer take a look at the Behringer XENYX 1002B 1002B | Analog | Mixers | Behringer | Categories | MUSIC Tribe

    If you want a Cadillac busking amp take a look at Anchor Portable Sound Systems & Portable Public Address Systems | Anchor Audio I have used the Beacon and was quite impressed. The Bigfoot is even louder. Big bucks unfortunately.
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  4. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    Cube Street = 2x2.5 watts. Cube Street EX = 2x25 watts. IMHO 5 watts can be quite loud with guitar. Playing bass through a Cube Street EX should be a good balance against a guitarist using a Cube Street. Here's a demo in Japanese \

    Another option to break the bank would be a Phil Jones Bass Briefcase (battery sold separately).

    Two versions are available.
    BRIEFCASE Bass Combo – Phil Jones Bass
    Briefcase Ultimate – NEW! – Phil Jones Bass
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
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  5. How essential is it that the amp be battery powered? Our band has done a bit of busking, and we've found that electrical outlets in our small town are usually surprisingly nearby, and available for public use. We bring a 100' extension cord on a small reel (available at any Lowe's or Home Depot). This is much cheaper than the price differential between battery-powered and cord-powered, and the range of amps and speakers to choose from becomes much broader. Just a thought.
  6. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    In your case, the only benefit I can imagine is the ability to play almost immediately upon arrival at multiple destinations, or to play while walking. I.E. put a battery powered amp in a wagon or cart that you pull behind you while playing.

    We used battery powered amps for indoor gigs only when there was no time for setup or when outlets were not convenient. For example, our patron supplied the big Anchor Beacon when we played in a foyer that did not have outlets. Before the set in the foyer, we played in an upstairs hallway using a pair of Cube Street amps. Between arrival upstairs and downbeat we had about 2 minutes.
  7. Drgonzonm


    Sep 4, 2017
    American SW
    do a search for mini mixer pedal. Your local guitar box store may have the mixer you are looking for a couple of twenties.
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