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Rack Effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by RevGroove, Dec 1, 2002.


  1. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    If there was one single space rack effect unit that you could not do without, what would it be? Makes, models, and reasons why please! Cheers!:)
     
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    For me that would be my Raven-Labs True Blue EQ. It is great for getting rid of boom from a room, adding a little sizzle, or adding a little flavor to the mids. Great unit. (Although not really rack friendly I'm afraid.)
     
  3. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Thanks! Why isn't it rack friendly? I'm looking for the latest, greatest, and best in single space RACK effects.
     
  4. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    'Cause it is a box about 1/3 rack wide and 1-1/2 rack spaces tall.
     
  5. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Hmmm...yeh, that's kinda different...any other suggestions out there?
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    LOL. So if the best semi-parametric EQ is not available in rack mount, it's not for you.
     
  7. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Well, I already have a decent EQ...and if I were to get it, I'd just mount it differently, that's all...leaving room for something else in that single space!!!
     
  8. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Hmmmm, let's see here,

    Well, when setting up a rack system for a bass, there are so many. Good pre-amp, EQ, compressor, sonic maximizer, stereo effects unit and power amp (http://www.basskahuna.com/equipment/index.shtml)

    Overall, two items that probably are used in a rack system for most working bassists is a compressor and a BBE sonic maximizer. Although I do have a really old 2 rack space analog Roland phase shifter that I will never part with! :D )
     
  9. redneck2wild

    redneck2wild

    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    The one single space rack effect unit that I could not do without is the ADA MB-1 Preamp.
    It is no longer sold but can be frequently found used at www.musicgoround.com or on ebay.
    It has both tube and solid-state preamp sections, a compressor, semi-paramtric EQ, chorus and a crossover.
    Settings can be stored and easily recalled.
    The tube and solid-state sections can be blended and several different contours are available for each.
    The compressor is very musical sounding.
    The EQ has 5 bands, 3 of which are semi-parametric while the Hi and Lo bands are shelving.
    There is a separate limiter for the low channel of the crossover (for speaker protection).
    It also has 2 effect loops.
    The factory presets are designed for certain amp simulations.
    See this site for more detail:
    http://clifford.webservepro.com/~sweetpea/personnel/rob/mb-1/default.htm

    Before I used the ADA MB-1, I used a BBE 383 Bass Preamp. It also has a compressor, eq and crossover as well as the BBE Sonic Maximizer process. It also is discontinued but can be frequently found used.