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#1 nash

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:40 PM

Totally thinking about getting one. Only thing putting me off is that the powered version only goes to 8ohms.
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:57 PM

View Postnash, on 29 November 2016 - 08:40 PM, said:

Totally thinking about getting one. Only thing putting me off is that the powered version only goes to 8ohms.

Depends how many cabs you want to run... but it will power a single 212, 410 etc no problem. I have to say, they are better for guitar than bass though.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:01 PM

View PostEBS_freak, on 29 November 2016 - 08:57 PM, said:



Depends how many cabs you want to run... but it will power a single 212, 410 etc no problem. I have to say, they are better for guitar than bass though.

That's where the problem lies for me as most of the time I'll be using a shared backline cab.

Also it's another reason I'd like one is because I like playing guitar as well.
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:12 PM

Get a non powered one, and a power amp?
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Posted 03 December 2016 - 11:59 PM

Had a powered rack version. It was bought for a silent backline type of setup but I occasionally ran it with an Eden 4ohm cab with no issues even with the the power amp boost on.

It's a great bit of kit but........my personal thought is that it's overkill for a live bass setup when I realised that, apart from me, nobody gives a sh*t whether you're playing a mesa, GK, markbass or whatever profile on it or it made a blind bit of difference to the way the band sounded as a whole. Doubling up on guitar would be much more of a justification for getting one as I can see it working well with that arrangement especially if you record a lot (I don't)

It was an interesting experiment and I'm now DI'ing directly into our XR18 mixer with no effects and sending an aux out to a power amp / barefaced supertwin setup which works for me.

It does have lots of lights on it though which is never a bad thing !

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:46 AM

Curse you. I want a Kemper again now.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 10:18 AM

I think if you intend to use it with guitar as well, it is probably a cool idea.

I wouldn't recommend it just for bass though...

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:20 AM

i have one, the unpowered version, it sounds great but i wouldnt use it live unless i was playing a big tour and could rely on the pa and monitoring to be top notch.(and even then i might probably just take my darkglass m900)
if i played guitar live it would be my go to amp as its more versatile and you get the tonal benefits more in a live situation.
you just dont need all the features for live bass.

Edited by winterfire666, 05 December 2016 - 11:22 AM.

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 01:31 PM

View Postintime-nick, on 03 December 2016 - 11:59 PM, said:

It's a great bit of kit but........my personal thought is that it's overkill for a live bass setup when I realised that, apart from me, nobody gives a sh*t whether you're playing a mesa, GK, markbass or whatever profile on it or it made a blind bit of difference to the way the band sounded as a whole.

Surely if your using profiles of standard amps then any decent amp modeller would do, many of them have bass and guitar amp models.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:37 PM

I remembered this thread and thought I would make you aware of the following -

http://ritteramps.com/camplifier/

Also, to the OP... if you read the manual, it states that its stable to 600w @ 4 Ohm.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:02 PM

It makes a good DI and preamp box for recording. I have a few useful profiles such as the REDDI one which sounds great going direct.
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 04:43 PM

View Postwinterfire666, on 05 December 2016 - 11:20 AM, said:

you just dont need all the features for live bass.

Yeah... but how amazing does the octave track!?

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 04:55 PM

The bassist for Voices uses one live, they're a pretty small band so may well respond if you contact them on social media if you had questions about it.
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 05:01 PM

View PostEBS_freak, on 23 January 2017 - 04:43 PM, said:

Yeah... but how amazing does the octave track!?
It was rhetorical.

I've never played through anything that tracks as good!





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