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What does what with your amp set up?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mike Money, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I think it is time for a post that tells people what every part of their setup actually does.

    So, if one of you amp gods want to answer all these questions, and then have a mod float the thread, that would be great for newbies and olbies who still don't actually know what does what. :)

    Power Amp:


    Effects Loop:



    Ohms: (And explain about combining cabinets with different ohmages and the advantages/disadvantages)





    8 inch speakers:

    10 inch speakers:

    12 inch speakers:

    15 inch speakers:

    18 inch speakers:


    Daisy Chain:


    Thats all I can think of at the moment...
  2. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I had a smiliar idea, but mine was over the whole bass guitar feild (eg, the difference between P & J p/ups)

    but if someone feels like answering these questions ill stick it.
  3. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Someone must answer these. It is essential for tb's evolution.
  4. Nigel Rahmshard

    Nigel Rahmshard

    Jan 3, 2004
    its not ohmage, the word is IMPEDANCE, lets say it together class Impedance.

    im·ped·ance ( P ) Pronunciation Key (m-pdns)

    1. A measure of the total opposition to current flow in an alternating current circuit, made up of two components, ohmic resistance and reactance, and usually represented in complex notation as Z = R + iX, where R is the ohmic resistance and X is the reactance.

    2. An analogous measure of resistance to an alternating effect, as the resistance to vibration of the medium in sound transmission.
  5. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    You're biting off too much all at once.

    People spend lifetimes learning this stuff.

    It can't be summarized in a post. Or at least, not with any precision.

    I get 100 bucks an hour for explaining this stuff to studio techs.

    Or, I'd consider a trade for some gear...
  6. I think a FAQ of this kind would be very helpful. Nothing detailed, just a short description of each thing and maybe some references to websites/books/threads.

    EDIT: D'oh! It's all here: http://www.talkbass.com/ampfaq/
  7. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Pre-Amp: Everything before the amp. I sometimes just use a cable as a preamp.

    Power Amp: An amp which exudes superiority over others without actually improving performance, nee
    power suit

    EQ: controls whether the bass sounds flabby or mushy to the drunk girl dancing in front of the stage

    Effects Loop: when your delay pedal repeats the same thing over and over and won't stop

    Gain: the amount of weight bass players invariably add-on over time

    Volume: the amount of hair remaining on bass player's head (related to gain)

    Ohms: (And explain about combining cabinets with different ohmages and the advantages/disadvantages): It's actually "mantra" and it's all good baby

    Highs: is there a mosquito in here?

    Lows: depression and/or the effects of too many unpaid gigs

    Mids: who farted?

    Head: What got Clinton into trouble

    8 inch speakers: Euphemism for "tinnuitis"

    10 inch speakers: Euphemism for "slapping Mike Tyson and thinking you can get away with it"

    12 inch speakers: Euphemism for "jack of all trades, master of none"

    15 inch speakers: Euphemism for "if it was good enough for my granddaddy..."

    18 inch speakers: Euphemism for "loose bowel movements"

    Hz: Contraction for Heinz, the ketchup maker

    Daisy Chain: Too dirty to put in writing
  8. Nigel Rahmshard

    Nigel Rahmshard

    Jan 3, 2004
    couldnt of put it better myself

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