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Choices for pre-amp / personal IEM unit?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ficelles, Apr 30, 2018.


  1. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Looking for a new pre-amp / personal IEM unit... needs bass-friendly EQ plus headphone out plus stereo Aux In that doesn't go to the DI out... I need to use this in place of backline so be able to blend my monitor feed and mix in my bass to suit myself, plus of course sending a nice bass signal to the desk. The Ampeg SCR-DI actually does all this but doesn't quite tick all the boxes due to a minor cross-talk issue with the Aux In, so I'm looking for an alternative...
     
  2. TheLopp

    TheLopp

    Dec 30, 2013
    Olympic MkIII by Shift Line ticks all the boxes, I think.
     
  3. Alien8

    Alien8

    Jan 29, 2014
    DSM Noisemaker OmniCabSim Deluxe.
     
  4. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England

    That looks interesting... shame they don’t have a UK dealer...
     
  5. TheLopp

    TheLopp

    Dec 30, 2013
    I live in Sweden and they delivered really fast and with no problem at all. Also, I talked to them and they give the TalkBass community a 10% discount. Just use the code TALKBASS2018. It’s a fantastic preamp, really well built and sounds killer.
     
  6. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Is the Aux In isolated from the DI out? It does look like a good unit...
     
  7. mobdirt

    mobdirt

    Jun 14, 2017
    i think the EBS micro bass will do these, not sure though
     
  8. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    No Aux In...
     
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  9. mobdirt

    mobdirt

    Jun 14, 2017
    ..also what about that GK plex(?) preamp
     
  10. Afc70

    Afc70 Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas
    I use a Phil Jones bass buddy live with Iem’s & it sounds great, super clean sounding. It has lots of features including the aux in, compression , & eq.
     
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  11. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    The key thing is that Aux In has to only be routed to headphone out and not DI out or you can’t use it as an IEM unit, seems like the Ampeg SCR-DI is unique in having that... waiting to hear back on Trace Elliot Transit, Headway EDB-2 and Palmer Pocket bass.

    But thanks for all the suggestions so far :)
     
  12. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    GK PLEX or Shift-Line MKIII depending on your tone preference. I've owned both and currently use the MKIII. I much prefer the tubey goodness of the MKIII.
     
  13. TheLopp

    TheLopp

    Dec 30, 2013
    Yes, the aux in goes only to the headphones.
     
  14. Bigwan

    Bigwan

    Feb 22, 2002
    Ballymena (hey)
    TC SpectraDrive does what you're looking for, with compression, distortion and 4 band EQ so should be a flexible little unit. Believe the AUX isn't routed to the DI, but does go to the 1/4" output.
     
  15. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    The Enabler by 3Leaf Audio. If you can find a used one (they are long out of production), you will be very happy.
     
  16. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    I wish! Pretty much impossible to find here in the UK, they should start making them again...
     
  17. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    The list of preamps I think will also work for live IEM use so far is:

    Ampeg SCR-DI
    Shift Line Olympic MkIII
    Palmer MI Pocket Amp Bass
    Trace Elliot Transit B
    Headway EBD-2
    Gallien Krueger Plex
    TC Electronic SpectraDrive

    There's also the DSM Noisemaker OmniCabSim but headphone out is mono

    It's really annoying how so few manufacturers include block diagrams with their manuals these days, I'm still not 100% sure all those units isolate the Aux In from the DI Out.

    Liking the look of the GK Plex...
     
  18. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    How about the Grace Design FELiX? They even provide a block diagram.
     
  19. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
  20. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    It looked to me as if the second preamp channel can do that job.
     

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