looking for a solution to play bass in an apartment

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by yeah25, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. yeah25


    Nov 12, 2012
    Apparently I left my amps at my hometown and i'm looking for the new one. I saw people suggesting to buy a small mixer + headphones, moreover, can be combined with songs for practicing. Anybody knows what type of mixer that I should buy, where, and HOW to operate it? I have never operated a mixer before even for the small one. Thank you guys. Any kind of suggestion is greatly appreciated.
  2. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Seems overkill for just playing bass alone. Are you looking for something to be able to play with others, or alone?
  3. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Columbia, Maryland
  4. yeah25


    Nov 12, 2012
    @jlepre: yeah im playing alone, but maybe I can use it in the future if i'm playing with my band...i think. I saw someone posting that he bought a small mixer ($35) and headphones, I was thinking that's great though considering I can playback my itunes/mp3 songs in the background.
    @drepper: wow, cool man. So I just need to plug in that device on my bass, and plug in headphones to that device?
  5. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
  6. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    The mixer you get depends on how much money you have to spend. Mackie makes some nice affordable ones. Other companies make less expensive ones. You pay for what you get, at the expense of features, tone, noise level, and quality. Costs can add up so it pays to do your homework, check out the products in detail, and then decide which tradeoffs you can accept. A good set of headphones is also required.

    Whatever mixer you consider, look for one with a line (instrument) level input. Otherwise you will need to plug your bass into a DI and then the DI into the mixer.

    Check out the Mackie 402 and 802 VLZ3 mixers which start at under $100, if you want to spend more, check out the Onyx 820i. An aux send is nice, this is like an effects loop. More expensive units have better EQ capabilities. Ones like the Onyx have digital IO that allows you to connect the mixer your computer. The sound quality is higher than going through an analog path.
  7. yeah25


    Nov 12, 2012
  8. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca

    Most headphone amps that I have seen have an aux input for a CD or an MP3 player. This is great for rocking out, and also because many of the instructional books come with CDs.

    The pocket Rocket has a few effects that are cool. It is pretty reliable, once you get one that works.

    The Vox gets good reviews on Talkbass for it's tone.

    After dealing with the Pocket Rocket, I was all set to get one. I never got one because I got a good deal on the Tascam GT-R1 on sale. It really came in handy when I had to learn 10 songs in 6 days for a jazz session. You can slow songs down without changing pitch, and you can loop over the hard sections.

    The mixer idea is great because you have options. I am still planning to get one.

    An electric bass is called an "electric" bass for a reason. You need electronics to go with it.
  9. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Probably me. I use the mixer between my bass and my headphones...or between my bass and my laptop for recording. Bought it for like $37.91 off Amazon.

    You don't really need a mixer, though. You could get a headphone amp. I didn't want one of those, so i got this mixer. It's similar prices either way.
  10. yeah25


    Nov 12, 2012
    @woodz: are you talking about this http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/amPlugBass/ ? Do you have any recommendation for the headphones?
    @scoot: ahh, yaa thats you. hahaha. thanks for stopping by. I think I might go with what whoodz suggested.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    For under $100 you can get a bass pod. Play through that with headphones.
  12. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    That's the one...look around for a few options that fit your needs...

    I have a pair of overly expensive Beats headphones that was a gift from my family. My wife uses those a lot, so I'm planning to get some Sennheisers like this one.

    I have been practicing with my group a lot recently, so I haven't used headphones much lately.

    Disclaimer: I feel a little weird recommending things that I haven't actually tried yet, like the Vox amp and Sennheiser headphones, but they are on my radar to buy with my money.
  13. TussinBot.


    Aug 21, 2010
    Burbank, Ca
    Korg PX series isnt bad and can be found cheap used. Has a bunch of effects, amp/cab modeling, aux in, headphone out, tuner, drum tracks, you can slow songs down if i remember correctly to help you track/learn them. If you were going to buy a mixer Id just get a cheap maudio fastrack or the like and plug direct into the computer with headphone out, maybe download guitar rig for effects and such. Or go on craigslist and get a cheap small combo amp and just play quietly. For headphones I just got Audio technicas ATH M30 (not the newest of that model but you can still find them, only revision in the M35 is that they are foldable) and they are quality. Read a bunch of cnet reviews on best headphones under 50 bucks and these seemed to be what I was looking for.
  14. shaginwagin


    Apr 2, 2012
    To the OP... Don't forget, if you are needing to get an amp anyways, there are a few micro amps that have headphone and aux in capability. I rarely get a chance to rattle pictures off the walls at home so I got an amp that does loud and quiet practice.
  15. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I've been using a Tascam GB10 for a couple of years. Usually sells for around $95.

    Tascam GB10 Guitar Trainer with Recorder Features
    •1/4" guitar/bass input
    •Guitar/bass effects including amp modeling, delay, reverb, chorus and more
    •Records 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV files
    •Playback 16 or 24-bit WAV files or MP3 files
    •SD/SDHC card media slot with included 2GB card
    •Overdub recording allows sound-on-sound build up of an arrangement
    •Loop playback using dedicated buttons
    •Variable Speed Audition speeds up or slows down playback without changing the pitch
    •Chromatic Tuner and Metronome
    •USB 2.0 jack for high-speed music transfer
    •Dedicated keys and large LCD display for easy operation
    •Angled desktop design
    •Includes 2GB SD card, AA batteries, USB cable
    The GB10 includes a 2GB SD card for loading in your music collection. Variable Speed Audition allows musicians to independently change the speed and pitch of MP3 or WAV playback. The tabletop design is perfect for practicing almost anywhere. A tuner and metronome are also built-in for precision playback, and a footswitch input allows hands-free control.
  16. Vandy

    Vandy Banned

    Dec 24, 2011
    And, if you can get a drummer to move into the building, your "footprint" won't be as noticeable . . . :D
  17. gottliver


    Dec 20, 2004
    Ampeg BA108/110. Nuff said.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    If it were me, I'd just buy a GK MB200. It's got an aux in, headphones out and it doubles as a great-sounding amp if you find occasion to play out (small venues or practice). It's $260, not much more than I payed for my Raven Labs PHA-1, which I would also recommend, if you can find one.
  19. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    If you have an iPhone, or a PC, then Add an audio interface and jam away.
  20. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin