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Noble vs Sonic Farm

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by J.Wolf, Mar 4, 2016.


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  1. I never was into compression, but became interested as of late...
    The extraordinary Bongomania did most of the homework for me, and when I ordered the Noble, Mr. Jack Roan recommended using an OE Cali76 CB in conjunction with it. I had a 12V output added for 5 bucks on to the Noble for this purpose. He said a lot of players were raving about the two together, so I thought why not try it?. I was not keen to it and at first and I struggled with it. It was squashing things too much, and I was EQing too much with Noble, ended up away most of the definition and dynamics. It took me a few gigs to dial it in. Jack was right... currently I use it in tandem with the Noble it is amazing. It's continuously active with the comp set sparingly, and the LPF is set at 95-100%. It adds gobs of boost to my signal, too, adding headroom. There's a smooth transient full response I get using the two together that sits in the mix just right for everyone.
    Anyhow, I just thought before throwing down $400 on that vintage Bassman 400 on a new DI/preamp you might put a good comp into consideration again...
     
  2. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine
    wow, very cool. Yeah Bongo's compressor review site is pure gold, I have used it a bunch to consider options.
     
  3. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Chicago
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    I wasn't into compressors at all either until I tried the one built by Zoran (Sonic Farm). I use it a lot now.
     
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  4. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine
    I only heard that preamp section of the sonic farm amp briefly, but I agree the comp was really fantastic. Can't wait for that Head to hit the market
     
  5. thiessen3.14

    thiessen3.14

    Nov 22, 2002
    wichita, ks
    I've got a 2di4 and have a friend with the noble. Both are great. I think the Sonic Farm is more transparent and "faster" feeling. More modern sound, but still with all the complexity. The Noble is nice, too, but I found it a little muddy/thumpy, which is cool if that's what you want. Tim Lefebvre makes the Noble sound fantastic. Two features that might make a difference for you are 1) the 2di4 has the pentode/triode switch which gives more sonic options; 2) and this is the biggy--the parallel outs. Having a line out to feed a power amp (or for bypassing the mic pre when recording) and having a di to the board has been so much more convenient than I had imagined. My $.02.
     
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  6. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Contributor- Bass Musician Magazine
    Thanks for your message, that's good info and kind of what I suspected. I currently use the sonic farm and really love it, but occasionally I need a little more coloration and character than it provides, despite being a tube based unit.

    The noble sounds really interesting, and guys like lefebvre getting behind it surely fuels the GAS for some people.

    I imagine that it's overkill and redundant for what I need, I could probably add a tone hammer or VMT to my pedalboard and get a good bit of the way there. Also it seems like the noble does really well with fender style instruments. Not sure if that's true but I feel like I don't hear a lot of 5 and 6 string players using the noble. If I was rockin a P bass 80% of the time it would be worth looking into. But for what I do and am after, a pedal is probably the best way to get there, and keep using the sonic farm.

    Thanks again,
     
  7. thiessen3.14

    thiessen3.14

    Nov 22, 2002
    wichita, ks
    I'm an 80% pbass kinda guy...
     
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