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Noob Question to live amp setup

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Luke S Mouse, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    Okay folks, I'm going to be playing my first gig with my bass and drums project in a few weeks and have a question on how I set up my amp. In rehearsal, I typically have my settings dialed pretty well in, with my volume all the way up, (100 watt amp, 50 watt head Acoustic Amp Mini Stack) however I noticed that guitar players cut a hole in the front of the speaker grill and put a microphone in that hole. Is that applicable to bass amp setup?

    That's all I was wondering.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You don't need to cut a hole in your grillcloth to mic an amp! Grillcloth is acoustically transparent, and doesn't affect tone at all.

    Anyway, some bassists mic their amps, some bassists use a DI, some do both. All a matter of preference. But if you mic a bass amp, I recommend using a mic that reproduces low frequencies well and has relatively flat response, so stay away from kick drum mics. The AKG P2 is a cheapo that's been getting a lot of love as a bass cab mic on here.
  3. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    Thanks man!
    Now I got an idea of what to do and all. Much better than going in blind.