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Do you use a decoupling pad? (Auralex)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rockbobmel, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    I concocted a home made riser pad with plywood, doormat carpet and yoga blocks. I didn’t want to spend the $80 for a GreatGramma. I’ve been using it for 4 years and now I’m afraid to go without. If I set up, that’s it for the night- no swapping back and forth.
  2. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Gear Reviewer - Bass Musician Magazine Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    I love my gramma. Makes a huge difference in some rooms/stages and others not so much. But when it really helps (hollow stage usually), its like night and day
    JulienP., LeonD, SteveBass5 and 3 others like this.
  3. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    I like mine. Nice to have and wouldn’t want to be without it.

    As you pointed out, you can build one and save some money.

    Here is an image of the bottom of a Gramma. Some extra acoustic treatment and a carrying handle.

  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    not a pad, but: i use a tilt-back stand so that the 'face' of the cab points where i want it. de-coupling does make a dramatic difference...sometimes. i like the monitor-wedge-angle aspect of the stand just as much, though.

    for those interested in an alternative to the pad approach:
    Ultimate Support AMP-150 Amp Stand
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  5. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Yeah. I’m a believer. I thought those pads were snake oil, but they help a great deal at a couple of regular venues.
  6. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    Another plus is the cab gets elevated about 4”. The yoga blocks are 6x9 inches so I sliced them in 3rds and toss 2 pieces. I’ll post a pic when I get home.
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  7. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Rockbobmel :)


    I am also a more traditional type of guy!




    edit: just had to add this! :laugh:

    Aren't we getting somewhat "soft" ?
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2018
  8. voided3

    voided3 Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    I use a stand which more or less serves the same function, in addition to the height. For a cheap solution at home, put four tennis balls under your cabinet!
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  9. I use a Gramma for gigs. Just as well as the sound guy has dedicated milk crates for bass but will accept my solution.
  10. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi eriky4003 :)

    pas de bière?

    The guy must be running on weed! :wacky:


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  11. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    I have a DIY isolation pad too (2 pieces of 2" foam with different densities glued together) that has worked well. Cheap too :thumbsup:
    I always bring it along just in case we're on a raised "open box" type stage where sympathetic resonance can really mess things up for bass cabs. I don't often use it, and sometimes the stage resonance works in my favor, but I've found the pad to be a worthwhile addition to my gig bag.
  12. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I use a foam pad for washing machines. It is big enough to build two slabs for a cab. At home, it works wonders. The dishes in the kitchen rattle only half as loud when I play and there is less farting in the room.
    Cost me 15 bucks and two minutes' work.
  13. No.
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  14. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    My PH112 doesnt have casters so I get off the ground with a small sized mover's dolly ($20).
  15. Hydron

    Hydron Supporting Member

    May 11, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
    Sponge hockey pucks.
    Less than 2$ each
    Just the right density.
    Also use them between the cab and the amp. spongepuck. 413-dig0T4L._SY355_.

    Go Habs Go
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  16. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    Me, too.
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  17. Janforth

    Janforth Father of Chritobin Madden Challenge 19 Champion Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    What are these called, where can I buy them?
  18. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
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  19. I have a SubDude v.1 that was part of a Producers Pack that was a MS Stupid deal of the day for less than a set of MoPads which i needed at the time plus some other oddities. I Slipped the SubDude into a Canvas shopping bag for handles and it is perfect for my Walter Box and it makes a difference so i use it.
  20. REV


    Jun 18, 2006
    I almost always use my Auaralex Gamma. I think I had a credit somewhere and that's why I got it. I think those hockey puck things look pretty cool too.
    Marley's Ghost and nbsipics like this.

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