Practicing Bass on a cruise ship

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassDelGato, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I'm an electric bass player that works on cruise ships, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas about what I can plug my bass into to practice out of while on the ship. We don't have access to amplifiers unless we are performing. I really like the features of the Tascam MP-BT1 bass trainer, but I've heard mixed things about it. Has anyone used it?

    Anyone have any other ideas? I've used a bulky/inefficient multi-effects pedal or direct input to my laptop to practice with before and found both were a pain to set up and find a location to practice in.

  2. HeyMikey


    Dec 28, 2005
    A Cafe Walter with a set of headphones and you are good to go.
  3. Also another one is the Korg Pandora.

    Lets you input an external source for phrase training or pitch shifting. Also is a small drum machine.
  4. Stinsok


    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I use the Tascam regularly. Can be charged from a USB port, has pretty good battery life, can hold up to 240 songs, has a built in tuner. It's got some cheesy effects that I don't use. Money well spent for me.
  5. Thanks for all the help! I really like the mp3 player function, headphone amp, metronome, phrase looping and slowing down, and tuner functions of the TASCAM MP-BT1. Is there anything that also has these things built in?
  6. southernrocker

    southernrocker Inactive

    Apr 4, 2009
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I love my pandora for practicing. Onboard amp and cab sims, effects, lots of metronome and drum patterns, a thru to run an iPod into it. A phrase trainer and a tuner close it out.
  8. BrennP90


    Jun 26, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Off topic: I was thinking about trying to do the cruise ship gig for a while once I'm out of school, how do you like it?
  9. Intenzity


    Oct 15, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I would be interested in hearing about it also, audition, tunes etc.
  10. I get lots of use out of my MP-BT1... well worth the money.
  11. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    When I gigged on a cruise ship I brought a Sholtz Bass Rockman with me for practice.

    Of course, after several weeks of 4 shows a night/seven days a week, I got pretty sick of practicing in my down time, so the Rockman didn't get much use...
  12. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Cheap micro mixer. Bass into one channel, MP3 player or computer into another and headphones into the 'phone jack. Practice all day long and disturb no one.

  13. bleedingfingers

    bleedingfingers Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    Mp bt -1 is the way to go .
    I also have the cd player version for when people are nice
    enough to supply me with discs of there show .

    Bt-1 runs on a charge for a long time so you can practise anywhere with enough space for you and your bass.

    The CD version eats battery's and needs about 8 of them at a time .

    Only downside is it only plays mp-3s no wma 's or other types .

    It's very easy to download tunes on and fits in the palm of your hand .

    I have friends who work cruise ships and know that living space is usually cramped and shared so I think Bt-1 would be your best bet.

    cheers B.
  14. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Don't you think your use of the word onboard is a little......................
  15. isisiscool


    Jul 20, 2009
  16. BassScum


    May 1, 2008
    So Cal
    I have one of those Vox Bass headphone amps. Works great and is inexpensive. I plug my I pod into it. Can't beat it for what it does.

    Edit: Didn't see the link above ^^^ But yes thats the one.
  17. esoxhntr

    esoxhntr Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Markham, Ontario
    Another vote for Tascam, really handy little gadget.
  18. nella


    Sep 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    The Korg Pandora PX5D would get my vote any day.:bassist:
  19. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Yep. Great tool. There are built in effects and a tuner as well. :)