Rackmount Studio Gear for Live Rig - Fantasy

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jtrom, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. jtrom


    Nov 22, 2008
    Kelowna BC
    So over the last 6 years I've been working a lot in Logic doing production and mixing. Whenever I track bass 99/100 I just go DI, do a little bit of EQ/Compression and parallel compression and Bob's your uncle. Sounds great! Sometimes I'll blend in an SVT plugin with the DI sound.

    Over the last four years or so I have been working with Universal Audio plugins quite a bit and have found that the Helios Type 69 Legacy EQ is amazing on bass. I mean, it really works well IMO. I usually follow this with the Teletronix LA2A (classic) compressor. Works well on every track and every bass - brings out the character/tone of the bass with its own coloration.

    This got me thinking - I've been looking to upgrade my live rig for quite some time and how cool would it be to have a Helios EQ clone + Teletronix LA2A compressor as the "head" of the bass. I suppose I would need a power amp. I have no idea how to make that a reality in the live world but I think that it would be a killer "amp".

    Anways, if you've ever used studio rack gear for live performance let me know about your experience! What worked? What didn't?
  2. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    Could definitely work. The law of diminishing returns will always come into play. It would work best with a high quality well tuned PA system and monitors(IEM's would be preferable for sound quality).

    You will lose a lot of nuances through a typical bass cab. Modern prosumer powered cabs like the QSC K.2 series are pretty decent. A 8" top with a 15" sub would be a satisfying turn-key solution. Add an Ipad + small interface to frontend and enjoy.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2020
  3. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Works fine. Gear is gear. It doesn't care how the sheet metal surrounding it is folded.

    Every bass at a live show goes through three majors steps - preamplification / amplification / speakers. What you use for each is up to you. Signal processing lives in/around the preamplification stage and can be broadly defined/optional.