Messed up bass ! Please help !

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Dan_Lie, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Dan_Lie


    Jan 6, 2014
    I was playing my bass without an amp for a month or so. My friend told me that i can play my bass through my pc speakers so i bought [​IMG] .
    I plugged it in my bass and plugged my pc speaker cable on the other. For my surprise , it worked (tho i played it on max volume, both bass and speakers) . I played it for like 10 minutes and it sounded quite good actually. In some moment i unplugged the cable and plugged it again. It didn't work. I tho that my speakers were ****ed up . But , i plugged them back in my pc and they worked as usual. I plugged other speakers at my bass , they didn't work either. I just hear that sssssshhhhh sound when i plug my bass and that's it. No sound while picking my strings.

    What is the problem? Did i brake my bass? Please help !

  2. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
    What bass? Is it active or passive?
  3. And try with a 'normal' cable trough a normal amp before jumping to conclusions.
  4. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    this is good
  5. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
  6. Dan_Lie


    Jan 6, 2014
    Bass is passive i think. No batteries or so...
    Also , i can't test my bass on a regular amp because i don't have access to any...
  7. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    I am so confused right now...
  8. Dan_Lie


    Jan 6, 2014
    Oh sorry , i see what do you mean xD . I wrote the post quite weird , it's pretty hard to understand.
  9. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    You might want to edit that title!
  10. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    What you had at first - going through your PC to the PC's speaker - you were using the PC's amplifier system. Hooking directly to the speakers is not going to work as there is no amplification.

    You gotta amplify the sound some way for the speaker to work. Just go back to the way you did at first.

    I have used a VOX earphone amp which cost about $50 and works great with earphones. I have a Peavey Max 15B amp that cost $109.00 and works great for practice, in fact I use it for a gig we do in a small room. This amp has a built in tuner, which is super great for anything this inexpensive.

    Gotta amplify,
  11. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Wrong forum
  12. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
    This adaptor plug shown is stereo - which I guess would be correct for the PC however, your bass more than likely has a mono output. So in effect you are plugging a stereo plug into a mono jack on the bass. I assume the cable from this stereo adaptor is a stereo cable as well and the PC has a stereo input.
    My expectation if I did this would be that either it would not work at all OR at best I'd get sound from only one side speaker of the PC using a single or dual PU bass. . Also if your bass has active PU's it could also mess with the PC audio section.
    On the flip side, I'd expect any damage that resulted would be to the PC/speakers and not to the bass. My 2 cents.
  13. The_Janitor


    Jun 30, 2012
    Madison, Wi
    It's possible that you bent the tab inside the jack that connects to the cable. I'd take the cavity plate off, insert a regular instrument cable and see if it's making solid contact.
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Moved to Hardware, Setup and Repair
  15. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    MalcolmAmos- good advice-
    I found a Korg Mini headphone amp that has 'headphones out'- can be run to stereo in,
    has tuner, pre-sets (lots), line-in for cd play-along, batt operated or usb conn to computer for control w/o using the knobs/ buttons, looper, lots more,
    and can be found used on the 'bay for half-a-buck or so.
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    To hear amplified bass, your signal path is:

    Bass > cable (mono, so if you go into a stereo system you need an adapter) > amplifier > speaker

    Without the amplifier, there is no sound in the speakers. I made the same mistake in my yout'.