Will this work?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nomadic Herder, Nov 2, 2000.

  1. Im getting a bass and and amp in a couple days. Im going to be playing in a punk band. The guitarist has a 50 or 100 watt amp. Would a 30 watt amp, miked thru a PA work? I want to be heard.
  2. oo0o00o0oo


    Apr 30, 2000
    Technically yes, but unless you have a decent PA the bass will either clip the speakers or drown out the singer and whoever else is PAed.
  3. >Would a 30 watt amp, miked thru a PA work?

    Not very likely.

    >I want to be heard.

    You won't be able to hear yourself on stage. IMO, you need at least 250 ~ 300 watts.

  4. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    Are you speaking of rehearsals or gigs?

    If you have a PA in your rehearsal room, it's possible if the PA has enough power, maybe you won't need your amp at all in this situation. If you have no PA you will need at least 200W, the more the better (400W works fine for me).

    In live situations it is like John said: You need an amp wich you can hear on stage - the PA won't help here, because it goes out front.

    For technical and acoustical reasons, stage volume should not be too loud anyway, so a 150-200W amp should be sufficient for small to medium gigs - that's just my experience.

  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I suppose it's the natural instinct of the herder to want to herd! ;) Herd or be herded!
  6. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I agree, the guitarist will drown you out on stage. You will be better served by at least 400w.