Fishman platimum pro eq for bass

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by PB+J, Jan 10, 2006.


  1. PB+J

    PB+J

    Mar 9, 2000
    arlington va
    Sort of on a whim I bought one of these the other day, and I'm liking it a lot. I'm a big fan of the avalon U5 for most things, but it's big and bulky and I wanted a small versatile preamp with a built-in compressor--I've been into compression lately for some reason--and some more eq possibilities.

    I own and have used a raven labs PMB 1 and a sans amp paradriver. Both of those bothered me--i had to work way too hard to get a good sound and I was always tweaking. Mostly it seemed to me I always heard a brittle, grainy high end. Anyway, they currently reside in a drawer with a K+K bass max/mic combo, a rev. solo, a bunch of strings....

    Back to the Fishman--nice piece of gear. It really does seem to be tailored for bass. The eq sliders are very well voiced--the high mid slider notches all the piezo quack out, the compressor is really transparent if you keep it below 10-11 o'clock, the "depth" cotrol" seems to work as advertised, and the phase reversal is very useful. It's not too noisy, and it sounds really good--not great, but then, the realist doesn't sound like my bass only louder. I'm already making some degree of sonic compromise amping the bass, and the Fishman has a lot of virtues--it seems to play really well with the realist. I'll try it on a gig tomorrow night and see how it goes.
     
  2. Standalone

    Standalone

    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    PB+J,

    What have you been using for compression (for piezo signals)previously? I'm trying to find something to put in front of my Rane AP-13 preamp. It's designed for accoustic 6-string and I think I need to compress or low-pass filter some of the low bass frequencies to keep the thing from clipping.

    Thanks.
     
  3. PB+J

    PB+J

    Mar 9, 2000
    arlington va
    I'm just a hack with compression--I was using a diamond pedals compressor, which is a boutique optical stomp box pedal, but it tends to distort on low frequencies and load the tone in a way i don't like with double bass. I'm currently not using a compressor, but gassing for the RNC