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What is everyone using for zero volume gigs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jarrett, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Jarrett


    Jan 19, 2004
    Waxahachie, Tx
    I have a new gig that is zero stage volume meaning no amps on stage. I'm running direct and getting a feed back via in ears.

    I'm wondering what people are using for these type of gigs these days? Line6 stuff? Micro bass amp with no speaker load? Pedal board and a DI? Have there been any new cool things that have come out in the world of bass amp modeling these days?
  2. KeddyLee


    Nov 12, 2013
    I use the MXR M80. I go direct in and the sound man takes it. Great DI box.
  3. Skeeter1


    Oct 24, 2012
    Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe for me good preamp or can go to board via XLR. Not digital which I like.
  4. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I would never play such a gig, but if I did I would use my Aguilar Tonehammer DI.
  5. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I use either the MXR M80 or the Aguilar TH. Like the aggie more for electric (really just about anything) and the mxr for acoustic bass guitar because it doesn't have a signature sound as the aggie. Not a bad thing, just different
  6. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    SansAmp RPM usually. I'm looking into the possibilities of a few different pre's, but the SansAmp has been serving me well for this exact situation for 4 years (my main band is a heavy metal opera, we have no amps on stage due to safety and sound reasons). I'm pleased with what comes out FOH and in my IEMs, so that's all that matters to me.
    So basically my signal is:
    Bongos => Line6 G90 Tx => Line6 G90 Rx => SansAmp RPM => F.O.H.
    The Line6 receiver and RPM are the only things in my rack right now.
  7. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    Ampeg SVT IIP for me but my mates Avalon U5 was cool last time I did this.:bassist:
    PS See if you can get a couple of decent monitors on the rider though:)
    Clare bros S4's don't suck:bassist:
  8. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    When I have to do this, I use my Tech 21 BDDI. Works like a charm.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    If it is a full band mix with drums, I bring my Jule Monique pre which has a great Di.

    If it is a patio acoustic thing or a corporate acoustic thing, I only bring my crappy $25 Yorkville DI. It actually sounds pretty good in any case.
  10. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    We had zero stage volume with Engelbert and I used to use a Line 6 Pod Pro into an Avalon U5 Preamp. Sounded pretty nice IIRC.
  11. Rolls PM351
  12. Interceptor

    Interceptor Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    I do a fair number of those kinds of gigs.

    I use a homebuilt DI with a Cinemag transformer in it - and am finally happy.

    The homebuilt DI replaced a MXR-80, which replaced a Sadowski external preamp which replaced a Sansamp Bass DI, which replaced a Behringer DI. I found that anything active killed the dynamics and would give me just enough hiss to be irritating.
  13. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I've done no-amp gigs using only the monitors and others with in-ears. I use only a direct box. The sound companies have always had either a JDI or Countryman. I always carry a DI box just in case. I vary my tone with my hands and controls on the bass. I'm a pretty simple guy and don't feel the need for preamps and tone-shaping active direct boxes. The FOH guy is going to make it sound like he wants to anyway.


    If it's a venue that you play a lot then you can probably work with the sound man to get "your tone". Most of my no-amp gigs have been one night stands with different sound guys every time.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  14. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    I played once a week for years at a place with only a small PA that I rarely bothered to bring my amp to. (two acoustic guitars and a small kit).

    I usually used the DI from my Aphex Punch Factory.

    I would center the trebs and mids and turn the bass upto about 3 oclock.

    It wasn't ideal, but it worked fine with active basses.
  15. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    bdi21 or Hartke bass attack or bass floor pod,usually bdi21
  16. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I used a Bass Pod with IEMs- works great
  17. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Which amp model did you use in the POD Pro? I've got one of those, and the only model I find even vaguely usable on bass is the "generic mic preamp" model.
  18. djasterix

    djasterix Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    Use to gig with a Hartke Bass Attack, now using an Eden WTDI, love the tone out of it but I have to keep an eye on the sound man at FOH...
  19. Tech21 VT Bass DI - works very well in this situation - lot's of flexibility
  20. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    All of us who will do those gigs appreciate you leaving some gigs for the rest of us.

    Bass > pedal board (compressore always on) > DI box.