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essential rack gear

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MODNY, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    Hey everyone

    i have an 8 space rack

    so far, i have my crest power amp, eden pre-amp, korg tuner, and furman power strip..

    i got 2 spaces left in this puppy..

    is there anything else that i should be looking at , that might be good to have???

    or just general ideas anyways..


  2. xring


    Sep 16, 2003
    1. Sonic maximizer
    2. (maybe)Compressor / noise gate
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Anything with blinking lights.

    Spare no expense when it comes to adding stuff with lots of lights to your rack.
  4. Dkerwood


    Aug 5, 2005
    +1 Sonic Maximizer
    +1 Compressor/Gate

    OR you might look at the Behringer Ultracurve Pro. From the reviews, it apparently does the job of both of these plus feedback destroyers, several EQ modules, and all sorts of other goodies.
  5. xring


    Sep 16, 2003
    I can HIGHLY recommend the BBE Maxcom which takes care of both, but does not offer the other options mentioned by Dkerwood.
  6. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
  7. I don't know, I like having an extra space over the power amp for airflow/cooling. I'd pick one more rack space of effects and call it a day.

  8. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    If you are considering going wireless, leave a space for that.
  9. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    A boss Vf-1? that's 1/2 rack space :)
  10. Dkerwood


    Aug 5, 2005
    I spoke to the guys at QSC and they said leaving a space above the power amp makes no difference whatsoever.
  11. seansbrew


    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    Sansamp RBI
  12. He doesn't have a QSC. Depends on where the air vents/fan are, and how efficient the cooling system is.

  13. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    If you like tube overdrive, I would suggest either a Chandler Tube Driver or a Tube Works Blue Tube. But otherwise, you have a very servicable rack. The compressor on the Navigator is really good, and I stopped using a rackmount compressor when I got my Navigator (and now I don't use a compressor at all, most of the time). I also found that once I stepped up to the Navigator (or a similar quality preamp), I really didn't gain much from using a BBE unit. Note: if you don't have a preamp with a killer compressor, and/or if your tone needs a little help, those compressor/BBE suggestions both have some merit.

    If you play with multiple instruments that you'd like to dial in different gain settings, a Raven Labs MDB-1 is killer. If you play upright or another piezo equipped instrument, a seperate buffering preamp (I use a Stewart UDP-1a) would be a good addition.

    If you don't need/want any of the above, then either leave yourself some blank spaces (perhaps with one or more single space perforated rack space plates), or add a 2-space rack drawer.

  14. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Wireless, maybe a rack chorus unit.
  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    A compressor

  16. haujobb


    Dec 16, 2004
    1. Wireless
    2. Multi-effect
    3. Funk Logic Panel :cool:

    I've heard mixed reviews about the Sonic Maximiser, I think people are starting to see it as a crutch for a weak link elsewhere in the rack system. A good wireless might be a great idea, if not a Bass Pod or even a Nightbass would fit the spot good. Of course if you really are set, a panel from Funk Logic might top things off great.
  17. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    thanks for all your suggestions...

    please keep them coming..

    what exactly does a sonic maximizer do??
  18. haujobb


    Dec 16, 2004
    It's a fancy parametric eq with special algorithms to make you sound "better", basically.

    Edit: IMO, if you already have an Eden and a Crest, there isn't much good that a Sonic Maximiser could really do for you. I say buy some nice toys, or go with a Funk Logic.
  19. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    whats a good multieffect..

    i'm not really a fan of the " pod" or whatever

  20. haujobb


    Dec 16, 2004
    The Bas Pod and the Nightbass are the too big ones meant for bass, I beleive rocktron makes one as well too. If these don't interest you, there might be some guitar units that would work such as the G-Major or any Lexicon units.