On the scale of one to ten, how bad?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Joey3313, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    So my singer got the brilliant idea to run vocals through my bass amp (Yorkie XM200) as well as bass...like, both at the same time via a tiny mixer. While I know this would work, how bad of an idea is this? Like, could it destroy my amp?
  2. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    You won't destroy your amp, but you'll likely destroy your sound, and the singer's. Don't bother. It's not what it's designed for.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You can do it, and it probably wouldn't sound horrible, but don't expect miracles.
  4. santucci218

    santucci218 Guest

    Jan 26, 2007
    ide tell your singer to buy his own gear =]
  5. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    Exactly. Tell him to get a Micro Cube or something.
  6. if the vocal signal can be heavily EQed (and its overall level controlled) prior to it entering the amp (being that your amp *should* be set to what makes your bass sound good to your ears), it might sound pretty decent. By no means should the amp controls be adjusted to make the vocals sound better, because that will compromise your bass tone.
  7. It will work. Won't sound great, but it should be good enough for practice. PAs run multiple sources at the same time though, and your amp will probably sound like a really weirdly EQed PA.
  8. basslyon


    Jun 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Non fosters drinking alcoholic.
    we run vox through my old bass amp (also a yorkie) and it does the job - ie makes noise and hasn't died yet
  9. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    K, thanks guys.
  10. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    My old band ran the vox through my spare Fender BXR100. It wasn't hi-fi, but it worked ok.
  11. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Guest Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    I used to run the band's vocals through my bass amp so I could hear them. That was 1965. Then they invented monitors. :rolleyes:
  12. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Inactive

    Dec 20, 2006
    Bass cabs sound great for vocals.

    But blending the two together makes for unbelievable tone, equaled only by dry heaves after a frat party. With corn chunks.
  13. StringThing


    Dec 6, 2007
    San Diego
    I don't think i would want to hear that... you know the answer.
  14. 10 being great & 1 being AWFUL

    I'd say 3.
  15. Just thinking so I haven't tried this, but run the pre out of your amp into the mixer and the mixer into the post/return on your amp. Then you aren't running the vocals through your amp's pre.
  16. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Why? No PA? For practice or do you plan on making this a permanent gigging arrangement? Might be OK for practice and as others have said it shouldn't cause any damage, but sound quality and utility may be somewhat reduced/compromised. IMO, singers need their own rig for vocals when you gig. Rehearsal is one thing, a show is something else.
  17. TimmyGT

    TimmyGT Guest

    May 19, 2008
    you had to spend a lot of money to get your gear so why can't he just buy some cheap practice amp and let you use your own gear! I personally wouldn't do it because his vocals will create interference with you bass. low subs aren't meant to do the higher vocal pitches at the same time as your low bass line. you can do it but I wouldn't, but hay its your gear!

    have him go find some cheap practice amp on craigslist or at music-go-round because all he will really need is some little 20-30watt amp to be heard! like I said you had to spend some $$$ for you gear so why wont he!
  18. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    I had corn chunks for breakfast....
  19. Step

    Step Guest

    Feb 20, 2008
    we just used a cheapo guitar amp and ditto mic for practice, it sounded good, and cost maybe 80$ - 100$ total
  20. Rob L

    Rob L Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2006
    Chilly ND

    It won't destroy your amp but you could destroy your singer. :rollno:

    Sounds like LSD (lead singer disease). :eek: You will need to help him understand that he has to buy his own stuff so he can develop and grow as a important part of the band. Also mention that most singers would want to do this and see how that works.