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Home Silent Practice Rig HELP

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JurassicMarke, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. JurassicMarke


    Mar 13, 2018
    Hey guys, i've been looking into putting together a home practice rig that i don't have to blare on a speaker as i live in student accommodation. I had read about the Phil Jones Bass Buddy is a great headphone amp, that can even power a speaker if needed; and wanted any thoughts from people who've used one. I'm open to suggestions for a decent affordable pair of headphones too :)

    I play an ibanez five string with a b7k for lots of OD so i need to know if i can get a good tone without much noise.
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  2. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    The Bass Buddy is a nice piece of gear and is priced like it, great stuff if you can afford it. (I have no experience with one)

    I personally wouldn't recommend the Vox "AmPlug" headphone amps, but some people here love them. I own one, and think it's noisy (hissy), very limited, and doesn't sound so great.

    There are some multi-effect units that come with a dedicated headphone jack. (Zoom B1on and Korg Pandora are two I'm aware of). Most modern small practice amps come with a headphone jack and an "aux" (auxilary) input so you can plug in a music source to jam along to. Fender Rumbles, small Ampegs, and Acoustic practice amps all have this feature.

    Lastly, you could use a small mixer ($50 - 80), and a "bass amp simulator" pedal like a SansAmp or Behringer BDI-21, plug that into the mixer and use the mixer's headphone output.

    Remember that headphones are made for 'full range' response and have more treble than a bass cab...so be ready to dial back the treble when you're listening over headphones.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018
  3. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I would look at getting a DSM Omnicab Sim it has headphone , aux input and simulates the frequency response of a speaker cabninet which really helps with lots of overdrive / distortion.
  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    Omnicab Sim Deluxe. Has a headphone out wih level and an aux in. The cab sim is fantastic and works great for IEM/ DI situations but. Also sounds great as an "effect" in front of your amp.
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  5. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Zoom B1on is great and cheap. I wouldn’t use it on a gig. But for practice it’s perfect.

    I haven’t tried the other suggestions, which I’m sure are also great.
    dralionux, ELynx, pudgychef and 2 others like this.
  6. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I got one of these and honestly that's basically all I've used it for, which is a bit silly for the price. Most headphone amps sound a bit cheap and too raw but the cab sim on this sounds great.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018
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  7. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    I would do, and have done this. You can plug a phone or computer into one channel and play to youtube, band practice recording or whatever. You can also plug in a guitarist, for example, if you have a visiting player or band member. Good for recording song demo ideas as well.
    -Also it's a good idea to get used to basic mixer function if you are a musician.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I do this at home as well.

    I went a bit more expensive with a Presonus Studiolive AR8. At some point I will use it for some quick and dirty recordings though. But it not only uses a 1/4" or 1/8" cable to get from a computer, but it can also do USB from a computer or even Bluetooth from your phone! It's a pretty cool piece of kit. I have really enjoyed it so far. It's a great practice rig.

    On the cheap, look into Kz ZS6 earbuds. Get the upgraded cable and some Comply tips. I have around $70 or so dollars in the whole setup and they sound amazing for the money.

    I also used the mixer in rehearsal the other night. They brought a simple PA in a box that only had two channels on the back of a speaker. We needed more channels so I did a vocals sub mix with my AR8 and used the mains out into the speaker. It worked like a champ.

    By the way, Welcome to TalkBass!!!
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  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd get a GK MB200. It has aux in and headphones out for practice and you can connect it to a cab for small gig volume.
  10. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    I use the Ampeg SCR-DI for silent practice. Headphone out, Aux in, nice piece of gear IMO.
    Spidey2112, Mili, tbird46553 and 7 others like this.
  11. I simply run a cord from my iMac with iTunes, to my GK MB115. I then plug in my bass and a set of headphones and play silently as long as I want to. This setup works great. Most amps should have this feature. You can do this with a small practice amp as well. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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  12. Drucifer

    Drucifer Not currently practicing Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Endorsements: your name could be here, Mr. Sadowsky!
    This isn't made anymore, but I use a TASCAM BT-1 bass trainer, you can still find them used. It's an MP3 player with tempo and pitch controls, looping, metronome, tuner, song lists, folders, effects, and filtering (recorded bass removal or enhancement) that I find useful for practice. It takes a 1/4 inch input and has mini stereo output for headphones. It's not perfect and old tech, but I'm used to its foibles. The new model is the TASCAM GB-10 for both guitar and bass (meaning it's for guitar).
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  13. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    My Ampeg Micro CL has a built in headphone input but I’ve been using my OmniCabSim Deluxe- it’s PRIMO
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  14. mobdirt

    mobdirt Guest

    Jun 14, 2017
    I used to plug in my headphones in the preamp and practice lol
    use low impedance headphones, adjust the jack a bit and it becomes mono
  15. trofud


    Mar 28, 2018
    Montreal, Canada
    I use a Focusrite Solo with Mark Studio 2. It works for me, I can take it anywhere (small footprint) and I use whatever headphones I'm able to get my hands on. Since it's for late/silent practice, the sound quality doesn't bother me much, I don't need studio quality for practice.
  16. mobdirt

    mobdirt Guest

    Jun 14, 2017
    another option is getting those cheap smart phone interfaces for line in's and then plugging the headphones in the phone
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  17. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    I picked up a cheap iRig knockoff (?) on wish dot com, haven’t used it yet but seems legit, lots of amp sim / recording apps available..
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  18. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    I use a Cafe Walter with a pair of Sennheiser 50ohm cans. Couldn’t be happier with the sound. Awesome little rig.
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  19. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    I currently use a (discontinued) 3Leaf Enabler for my headphone duties, but the new TC Electronic SpectraDrive caught my eye and looks pretty fully featured, too.

    You could also look into picking up a cheap audio interface for your computer, and use that for headphone practices.
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  20. mobdirt

    mobdirt Guest

    Jun 14, 2017
    Its way better than what i have used so must be legit for sure :)
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