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Signal Chain

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Threeviews, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. I play basses with vastly varying output gains--ranging from a hopped-up 18v Duncan-ated fretless to a straight-from-the lipstick-tube wish piccolo. For large gigs, I run all of these into an ART V3, a "phatboy" from the same maker, and an aphex 1402, on into amp and cab. I have done some experimenting, but would love some community input on what should come first, last or inbetween...what may be too much, etc. One combo I've found to work alright (for a passive bass) is the tube pre into the processor into the xciter. But getting the gainstaging right gets tough. Thoughts, anyone? Thanks in advance...
  2. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Exciters always go last. If I were you I'd drop the V3 and just use the Phatboy as a pre. It's a good unit with plenty of tone control and its comp should level out your different bass outputs. Think of the Phatboy as a preamp/di with some effects thrown in, not as an effects processor. This will simplify your gain staging for sure.