Stacking Combo Amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sublime0bass, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. sublime0bass


    Aug 2, 2007
    Boone, NC
    I have to decent combo amps (one is really a PA): A Rogue RB120 (1x15" @ 120 watts) and a Behringer KX1200 PA (1x15" 1x6" and a tweet @ 120 watts). As noted, both have 15 inch speakers, although only the Rogue is made for "bass applications".

    A few notes:

    -The Rogue is ported in the back, and slightly wedge shaped (kickback).
    -The Behringer is large enough that the Rogue will fit on top of it
    -Both have EQ controls, the Rogue has a low/mid/mid freq/high, while the Behringer has low/low mid/high mid/high controls.
    -The behringer might fit on top of the rogue (havent tried yet) but if it does, im worried about its stability (the B is significantly taller than the Rogue)
    -Both were dirt cheap (actually the Rogue was free) so really if my options are limited I can live with that. im just trying to make a portable mini-stack

    Maybe I can get a little help optimizing sound out of this banger rig?
  2. nobody else does this? come on now!

    i'm currently using a fender Rumble 210 (100w) stacked on top of an Ibanez Soundwave 100w. the Ibanez has a 15" and the Rumble has 2 10"s, and i get a great sound out of this budget stack. i keep the bass and low mids boosted on the Ibanez and the bass flat and mids boosted on the Rumble, with treble cut back on both...
  3. Sure, here's one more stacker: Up to the sealing when it's usefull.

    It all began years ago with Trace Elliot stuff: On some occasions my 4x10 combo didn't deliver. So I bought the RAH600SMX with 2 cabs 4 x 12". This was enough on all occasions but heavy and big.
    So after a few years I bought quite the opposite: AI Focus top and Schroeder 1212L: 800 watts in a small lightweight package. But the Schroeder lacks low end. This is the main shortcoming when there's no PA available. So I bought an AER active sub and that's the perfect combination. The AER sounded so good that I couldn't resist buying the basscube also. On the sub there's a high out which appeared to be perfect to connect my RCF active monitor. This is handy on stage to be able to intonate correctly when playing upright or fretless.

    But the AER isn't too strong in the mids and upper range so I needed an 8 ohm cab to enhance this region. I bought two Epifani 112's and these completed my current setup: 2 kilo-watts pure and clean power. I don't need a PA any more. :D

    Great advantage is that I can build any rig for any occasion without having to slurr anything heavy or big:
    Just the Basscube (extra low) or the Focus with one Epi112(extra mid) for rehearsals. For small gigs either the Basscube plus one Epi and the active sub or the Focus with two Epi's and the active sub.
    Or when more power is needed I can build a complete stereo setup (sounds beautifull from the VB-99 bass synth stereo out).
    On the left: AI Focus plus Schroeder 1212L (800 W).
    And right: AER Basscube plus Epifani 112 plus AER active sub (800 W).
    When power is the main concern I link them all together in one big mono setup:
    Focus to Schroeder and 2x Epi112 (Adds up to 2 ohm, 1000 watts)
    Focus Direct out to AER Basscube (400 w) input linked to the AER active sub (400 w)
    High out to RCF active monitor (200 w).
    Now I've run out of gas totally and I'm just a happy player. :bassist:
  4. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender Supporting Member

    There's not a lot to say here.

    Get the best sound you can from each amp separately. Stack them. Listen. Adjust as necessary till it sounds best. Make a note of the settings.

    The PA amp will probably be weak for bass; you won't be able to turn it up much before its speakers fart out.

    As for how they physically stack, you should be able to figure that out on your own.

    Getting answers from others who use different equipment won't really help you. Knowing that Fine Cut stacks a couple of combo amps is of little use. He's not using the same ones you are.

    It's like Fine Cut saying his car has four wheels. That's where the similarity ends with yours.
  5. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    ive played house shows where they had a peavey combo 300 and i sat my line 6 lowdown 110 on top of it and used both outputs of my boss me50b to run both i had great success with it ...
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Is there a question here, or just a discussion on stacking combo amps on top of each other?
  7. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    h i i k