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  1. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1430915283' post='2765856'] Stevie Rod has some good articles on valves and valve amps and links to some good resources. They are all worth a read. I think this is an excellent project. Has given me a few ideas although I am trying to resist feature creep, Now back to my project. [/quote] There are definitely some things in there that could integrate well with the boards I sent you. Personally, I'm glad that Rod didn't post that until after I tried my hand at something like a white sheet design, although I already did lift a few ideas from some of his articles that are not full on "projects" per se. For those of you who haven't seen it, this is how my second version of the preamp design Chienmortbb is using came out, shown in one stacking configuration with the matching 700 watt power amp module: :
  2. [quote name='Bobzilla' timestamp='1429605678' post='2753004'] So I would need a dual sweep for the frequency (guessing because it is the resistors either size of the boost/cut pot that determine the frequency, dual sweep for bass/'treble, dual sweep for mid and volume, so three dual stack potentiometers? Have I got that right? [/quote] You would need dual stacked pots for many of the more common sweepable tone control configurations, which generally split the bands up into separate sections, both to minimize interactivity and to improve headroom. Have a look at Rod Elliot's new bass preamp project for a different approach though: http://sound.westhost.com/project152-1.htm . The tradeoff here is more opamp sections in lieu of a dual pot -- as usual, there's no free lunch.
  3. [quote name='Beer of the Bass' timestamp='1429012302' post='2746956'] I'd be curious to see whether anyone thinks this idea has legs or if it looks like an exercise in futility! [/quote] I'm not positive, but I think those are the same drivers my friend Duke LeJeune used in this experimental 4 X 6 cab last year: I played my EUB through it pretty happily, but to me it seemed better suited for acoustic upright. He has now done a similar one with four of the eight inch Faital 8PR200 drivers, which strike me as much more BG-friendly. I'll be interested to hear how the P.Audio choice works out for you, as I could often use something smaller than my 112 cab at quasi-acoustic jams and the like.
  4. [quote name='Bobzilla' timestamp='1429261613' post='2749712'] I want to build my own pre-amp for a bass-build. I'm good enough with a soldering iron to do it, and its a nice little project for me. I've got a design for a MM 2EQ, but I want 3EQ, and if possible sweepable midrange so I can pick the frequency to cut/boost. So, what designs out there? I want full boost/cut control, not just a boost function. And [b]for the mid I am planning on using a concentric stack pot[/b]. [/quote] You just made doing a swept mid frequency a much taller order, since a dual section pot is often required just for the frequency sweep. Concentric pots like that do exist though.
  5. A 1:1 compressor ratio = no compression. Try the -10dB back panel setting first off if the lowest (most sensitive, -48dB) compressor threshold setting isn't working at all.
  6. [quote name='karlfer' timestamp='1428997267' post='2746717'] the cab doesn't deal with 30 hz, what is actually happening if I cut or boost the bass rotary on my amp ? [/quote] In many common tone controls the peak or shelving frequency varies a lot depending on how much boost or cut you apply. Here is a set of frequency response curves for various settings of one of my preamps. Many manufacturers would call this a 35Hz +/- 12dB bass control (I didn't show all of the cut side), but as you can see that doesn't tell you the whole story by a long shot.
  7. [quote name='Byo' timestamp='1428534438' post='2742297'] That looks amazing! Nice setup too! What is the preamp by the way? Never seen it before but looks supah cool. I guess that I will stick to using my Markbass Little Rocker 500 power section as it makes no sense to spend so much £££ on a power amp. Really interested on your class-D DIY amp, did you use any specific schematics? [/quote] The preamp is a DIY build as well. There's a whole thread on it [url="http://www.talkbass.com/threads/a-diy-1-2-rack-bass-preamp.1135423/#post-16982343"]here[/url], although I kind of hate just posting TB links on this forum and would be more than happy to discuss anything about it here. Here's a front panel closeup showing the control labeling: The power amp box just uses the ICEpower 700ASC module, their current latest-greatest. That still required a fair bit of work to implement, even so. I do intend to do a ground-up Class D build eventually, but that will take some [i]serious[/i] work. The Markbass power sections sound good to me, and the form factor isn't really any worse than any of my alternatives. Funny how we would have to pay more for less in this case, no?
  8. [quote name='Byo' timestamp='1428496135' post='2741777'] Thanks Passinwind, already saw those but they are way out of budget! Lol. [/quote] Yep, there are a couple of running threads on Talkbass and many people want a cheaper solution, but the supply/demand equation seemingly works against that. So naturally, I just built my own. The first used a plate amp similar to the Bag End amp that sifi2112 mentioned -- still more money than just buying any number of bass amps and using only the power amp part, and only a little smaller than a rack mounted pro sound amp. It ended up living in a standard rack anyway, LOL. I am currently finishing up this newer one, which does 700 watts at 4 ohms and weighs about 7 lbs: This will fit side-by-side in a standard rack with a similar sized preamp, or can be stacked on top of smaller cabs, like so: Frankly, I just don't see the market demand being high enough to get the cost down far enough to make business sense, but as DIY'ers can get away without certifications and warranty obligations (at least here), it didn't work out too badly for me.
  9. [quote name='Byo' timestamp='1428362377' post='2740659'] Hi all, Just wondering if, as I have not found much on the net, there are any small and portable class D amps similiar in format to the SWR Amplite. All I seem to find are 1-2 space rack PA amps. I am tinkering with the idea of going for the BAER tube DI thru a class D into a portable cab (Barefaced 2x10's possibly), but knowing me, I will end up going back to my Markbass Little Rocker 500. If anyone knows about a class D similar in format and size to the Amplite, let me know! [/quote] Demeter and Jule Amps both make them, but IIRC both are larger and/or heavier and also considerably more powerful than the Amplite.
  10. Just finishing up yet another DIY amp rig, this time in 1/2 rack width format that can be stacked a couple of different ways or racked side by side in a 2RU effects rack: The lower box has one of the new 700 watt @ 4 ohm ICEpower modules in it, which I'm really enjoying so far. The cabinet is an AudioKinesis Thunderchild 112, acoustic-friendly version.
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    [quote name='Passinwind' timestamp='1425755465' post='2710451'] I'm just about to order the permanent front panel, which will look a lot like this, in blue anodized aluminium: [/quote] And as it turns out, it actually does look a lot like that, although the blue anodized aluminium stock is a rather different color than the Front Panel Express CAD software might lead one to believe:
  12. [quote name='umph' timestamp='1427155090' post='2726642'] what software do you use for making tests like these and doing sweeps? [/quote] [url="http://audio.rightmark.org/index_new.shtml"]http://audio.rightma...index_new.shtml[/url] [url="https://www.trueaudio.com/rta_abt1.htm"]https://www.trueaudio.com/rta_abt1.htm[/url] [url="http://www.holmacoustics.com/holmimpulse.php"]http://www.holmacous...holmimpulse.php[/url] [url="http://www.roomeqwizard.com/"]http://www.roomeqwizard.com/[/url] RMAA is a bit of a hassle if you need real-world calibrated results for signal to noise measurements, as sound cards are not very well standardized, and also because the software works best at pretty hot input and output levels that a lot of musical instrument gear will struggle with a bit. It's quite useful for DIY benchmarking even without jumping through all the hoops though.
  13. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1427146814' post='2726527'] The designs are early stage Charlie and I am the one that never goes to a blockbuster, and despite everyone's efforts never got Springsteen,so I will not use blue LEDs just because they are en vogue. Might try some purple ones though. It helps having you guys around though to keep me honest.Now where can I buy some HH electroluminescent strip. [/quote] Ha...nice! I sometimes use blue LEDs just because they tend to match my usual graphic schemes. I turn the brightness way down though, even on the low intensity highly diffused variants I have on hand. The front panel for my new preamp build is due in from Front Panel Express in a few days, and after laying out all that cash I have to say I'm rather envious of your option to take a few do-overs with little penalty.
  14. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1427043980' post='2725005'] I have mocked up three options for the front panel and would appreciate comments. [/quote] No blue LEDs? Beyond that, I'm going to sit back and enjoy this phase. I've made enough work for you as it is!
  15. [quote name='sifi2112' timestamp='1426955768' post='2724004'] Cheers .. I did email Hypex but they haven't replied as yet. I can't really afford any of them anyway so when I build my next cab I think I might leave space to integrate the minima one unit I have in my powered bagend cab. [/quote] I looked into buying one of those at one time too. I ended up buying one from SpeakerPower because I wanted access to the DSP functions, but it's an OEM version and the price has since gone sky high on both that and the non-DSP consumer version.
  16. [quote name='sifi2112' timestamp='1426856389' post='2722761'] I've built a few cabs & would love to build just a power amp into one but to be honest most of the amp techy stuff is way over my head. I looked at the module you bought but even tho they say its 'plug n play' I don't see it but it is new to me. [/quote] The closest thing to plug and play for an in-cab build is probably something like one of the plate amps from MiniDSP, Hypex, or SpeakerPower.
  17. [quote name='plunkrock' timestamp='1426939558' post='2723683'] I have recently picked up a pre I really like and have been looking at ways to amplify it in a small package (I don't drive so if everything can fit in a gig bag that would be awesome) The Minnie D would be ideal but out of my price range at the moment, so looking at other Class D heads I can run into the effects loop on. I had an Orange TB500 before, I would prefer something flat but if that's the loudest option might pick up another. Anyone have any experience with this? Models I am considering: GK MB500, Ampeg PF500, Aguilar ToneHammer etc. [/quote] The Minnie 800 uses the same ICE power amp module as the TH500, the G-K 800 twins, the Genz 900-9.x amps, and the Kustom KXB500, among others. If the G-K MB500 is loud enough for you, there are plenty of other amps that use that (smaller) ICE module as well. In many cases there can be somewhat different mojo from the manufacturer-added buffer/preamp at the EFX return or power amp input, so how that works with your particular preamp may be a little hard to predict without direct experience. I've tried running a few of my DIY preamps into the GK MB Fusion 500 power section, that worked just fine without really adding much GK-ness. IMHO the new ICE 700 watt module sounds a bit nicer than any of these, and will run without a fan if that matters to you, but I'm not familiar with any moderate budget implementations just yet.
  18. <p>[quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1426691035' post='2720856'] I have enough space to do the pot/switch on either panel and the Decals are so thin that I can add the graphics to the rear later.[/quote] Being able to do the graphics in stages is a great reason to go with your method. I've done inkjet printing on sticky-backed plastic sheets a few times, but those decals look a lot nicer.
  19. [quote name='Chienmortbb' timestamp='1426688085' post='2720796'] The graphics on the panel were designed on a computer and printed onto Waterslide Decal Paper. This works like the decals in an Airfix or Revell kit. [/quote] Looking really good. Are you going to have an EFX return pot and/or EFX bypass switch on the front panel?
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    [quote name='Bottle' timestamp='1426112296' post='2714668'] Oh, that's mighty purty [/quote] Thanks. It actually sounds pretty nice too, always a bit of a crapshoot when doing my own design. Here's the matching power amp: 700 watts @ 4 ohms, 7.5 pounds. The two modules will be able to fit side by side in a 19" rack once the new front panels get done, or can be stacked vertically for use with smaller cabs.
  21. [quote name='JapanAxe' timestamp='1426078565' post='2714092'] Hmmm... The Trinity Trip Top chassis-only kit is $1600. [/quote] Huh? The link I posted says $670, plus $30 for a 50 HZ transformer core for those who might prefer that. Yes, there is a 234 volt primary. Is that link duff though?
  22. [quote name='pfretrock' timestamp='1425772875' post='2710633'] Maybe get Barry onto the case.... [/quote] Yes, exactly.
  23. Passinwind

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    Pardon me if I'm stretching the definition of effects a little bit. This is an in-progress pic of my current bass preamp/DI build: I'm just about to order the permanent front panel, which will look a lot like this, in blue anodized aluminium: There's a TalkBass build thread [url="http://www.talkbass.com/threads/a-diy-1-2-rack-bass-preamp.1135423/#post-16982343"]here[/url] as well, but I would be perfectly happy to discuss details in this thread if desired.
  24. [quote name='pfretrock' timestamp='1425749990' post='2710364'] A bit expensive? Kit Price does not include tubes. Perhaps there is extra mojo in the transformers [/quote] [i]Buy once, cry once.[/i] But that high ticket was partially why I suggested pitching the general idea to someone more local to you guys, and maybe more in tune with the market there.
  25. Here's a promising looking one based on the B-15: http://www.trinityamps.com/Product_Kits_Triptop.htm Maybe you can get your guy interested in doing something similar?
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