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Paddymick

what's making this awful sound?

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Morning all.

Played my monthly DB gig last night and was plagued with intermittent distortion problems and volume drops.

Used my usual signal path DB > K&K Bass Max > Fishman Pro Plat > Aguilar TH500 > Aguilar DB112

As soon as it started the guitarist said 'dead battery' so I swapped out the 9v in the Fishman and that sorted it temporarily. Repeated the process in the 2nd set and that did the trick for a bit too. But the problem kept coming back.

After the gig I quickly tried a guitar through my rig and there were no issues.

Set everthing up at home this morning and can't replicate the fault. Even added my p bass to the mix.

So. Any ideas?

I'm thinking I'll get a dedicated PSU for the Fishman snd keep an eye on gain structures. But beyond that I can't work out where the fault is.

If anyone thinks it's relevant it was an irish/roots gig so the bass it there for percussion as much as anything else for a lot of the set. It was getting played hard.

I'm hoping it's not the amp as it's my main amp for electric gigs too. Taking a spare with me tonight. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

Paddy

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If a new battery solves the issue temporarily, but only for a short while, then I would suspect that you have a low current short across your battery terminals somewhere. Enough to drain the battery quickly but not instantly.

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Yeah I'm hoping it's something 'simple' like that. I'll try powering the Fishman via a PSU and hope that helps. No funny noises last night with the p bass, so hopefully it's not the amp. The spare will accompany me for a few more gigs yet though...

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