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    4003: A Bass Odyssey
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  1. Oh, oh, oh! OH! Guitar neck one end, bass the other! Light strings and a heavy touch... Bass drum on the back, hi-hats between the knees...
  2. And then perhaps take the other one off, for convenience...
  3. At least with the V they reshaped what would have been the neck pocket. That bare pocket looks shite.
  4. Tell him that, scientifically, valve amps aren't louder! Fletcher-Munson curves (officially now known as Equal Loudness Contours, I believe), the effects of dynamic compression, and other pycho-acoustic effects show that valve amps CAN be a perfect storm of greater perceived loudness, but there's no magic in the little glass bottles. Simply put, if turning the volume up doesn't appear to make that guitar louder or better placed in the mix, then it will be something else, unrelated specifically to valves. In broad strokes, a greater focus on the upper mids where our ears are most sensitive (the primary range of the human voice, of course) might help. Also, a spot of correctly applied compression might help (but don't ask too much about that here, it usually gets messy!. The best place to look is in articles on audio engineering- the more scientific ones rather than the creative ones.) What amp is he using, by the way? The design of guitar tone stacks isn't always intuitive, and can easily fall foul of that Fletcher-Munson thing above. Ultimately, if he wants a scientific understanding of the likelyhood of a valve amp appearing louder or being more present in a mix, then there is no snappy soundbite which will give it to him. He's got to dig into the science, which is never simple, and rarely obvious, certainly in audio.
  5. It could be countless things, from relative volume, EQ, or the guitars used. Valves do impart certain qualities, especially when overdriven but it's not that different. There are crap valve amps out there too, even!
  6. If so, you could up-sell bottles of genuine turd polish! 😄
  7. I'm normally much more thorough but I'm on a socially distanced holiday and a little sozzled, but... at a glance the inputs are instrument/line. Line inputs will be very low, if not inaudible, with an instrument level signal. Are the inputs set to instrument rather than line?
  8. I've forgotten so many of the details that this may be apochryphal, but true or otherwise it's a nice fable. I attribute it to Carl Perkins in the studio, and the engineer was looking forward to working with the legendary artist. A 50's Fender amp was set up and mic'ed, and when Perkins arrived he was asked if he'd like some time to tweak the amp or mic positions to get his sound. Carl replied "My sound? Hell, if I can hear it, that's my sound!'.
  9. One of my plans has been to put together a pedal board with everything I need to run into a powered monitor myself, so at PA only gigs I can have my own bass monitor with the minimum of fuss. My requirements for a mix of the band are usually minimal, too (not least because I can usually get all the cues I needs from other peoples monitors!). I can't say that the main gig I'd be using that for will come back after lockdown, but it will remain a long term plan, as it would be very handy.
  10. Agreed, the bigger the stage, the less important the rig.
  11. The cab will be fine, and I'm sure that there are Markbass amps made for Canada. You can still have the same setup, and as you'd be shipping your current amp plus buying a transformer if you were to keep it, you could well be better off by selling the one you have now and putting that money back into a Canadian one.
  12. Markbass state that the power module is set for the country of sale and can't be changed. Some amps can adjust themselves or be switched, but not MB. As the guys have said, a step-up transformer will work, but it's not exactly convenient. Selling to buy a Canadian model would be the happiest solution for me.
  13. I've got to drive some folks about a bit today, but I can do a proper full-on nerd post later if you like! It's mainly gain-staging- there are numerous points along the signal chain which can hit a limit, the preamp can clip, the power amp, or the speaker can reach its physical limits. A very high output from the preamp can clip the power amp, even with the master dial down low. A super clean pre into a few kilowatt power amp into a 1" hi-fi speaker with be very limited in output, as the driver will max out very early. Also, factor in that each drop of an octave doubles the frequency, therefore the energy. So as you go lower the size of the wave (and electrical energy and driver excursion) increase exponentially. That is why it is the low end which is the first thing to show signs of weakness at volume.
  14. But that doesn't add up! It's either has enough headroom, in that you can get to the volume you need without the signal being altered, or or it isn't, in that by the time it is loud enough it is altering the signal. The point on the dial is irrelevant- so many factors in how a rig as a system can be topped out, could be the power section, could be the speaker/s, could even be the room.
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