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I personally dont have one but ive always really wondered what people fill them up with..im guessin people will have compressor, tuner and head but i just look at pictures and dont have a clue what the other stuff is...so

What have you got in your rack/ what would you recommend or discourage someone to get?

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Awww lovely! well.. I have a 4u rack. It contains very little at the moment. I have an EBS multicomp, a TC Electronics G-Force and my favourite amp.. a 1u 1k+1k power amp. I have a power rack strip at the back of the box and a blanking panel at the front.

Every cable is neatly arranged so the signal leads stay away from the mains leads.

All the EQ / fx / valve sims are done on the TC. I mix a direct signal with the compressed signal and like to use cabs that are a bit hifi. Thats really about it. Oh, I also carry a stereo DI box and an MXR M80 should anything go badly wrong!!!

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My 4U rack contains 3U of Ampeg SVT and 1U of blank rack strip! I got one without vents though as I believe this gives a much better definition to the low end and a slightly more compressed midrange.

:)

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[quote name='acidbass' post='1862' date='May 18 2007, 10:51 PM']My 4U rack contains 3U of Ampeg SVT and 1U of blank rack strip! I got one without vents though as I believe this gives a much better definition to the low end and a slightly more compressed midrange.

:)[/quote]

I agree with you about the vents however the type and location of the side handles will make a big difference to the slap tone.

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[quote name='obbm' post='1887' date='May 18 2007, 11:15 PM']I agree with you about the vents however the type and location of the side handles will make a big difference to the slap tone.[/quote]

I completely disagree with this. Where's Bill Fitzmaurice when you need him? :)

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I have two rack set-ups.

Rack Set-Up 1
4U Gator Rack Case:
- ETA Systems Power Conditioner/Distributor/Circuit Breaker 1U
- Drawmer DL241 Compressor/Limiter 1U
- Aguilar DB680 Valve Preamp 2U

2U Gator Rack Case:
- QSC RMX 850


Then, as a back-up,
Rack Set Up 2
4U Gator Rack Case:
- Warwick Quadruplet Valve Preamp 1U
- blank ventilation panel 1U
- Gallien-Krueger RB400 2U

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[quote name='obbm' post='1887' date='May 18 2007, 11:15 PM']I agree with you about the vents however the type and location of the side handles will make a big difference to the slap tone.[/quote]

What? Am I hearing this correctly? The vents and location of the handles affect the amp's tone???

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I Have a 6U rack with my Hartke 3500, APhex AUral Exciter, Korg DTR 1000 Tuner and two 1U blanking plates installed. I will be upgrading to a Rack mounted wireless soon so hence why I wanted the space.

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[quote name='dood' post='2051' date='May 19 2007, 10:02 AM']What? Am I hearing this correctly? The vents and location of the handles affect the amp's tone???[/quote]

I'm surprised you didn't realise that. :)

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and the colour of the LED's too. Blue ones sound the best.

:)

BTW:
2 No. Trantec diversity wireless
Custom 3 channel stereo mixer/Alembic power supply (being burn tested as I type)
Lexicon MPX-G2
(and possibly a stereo valve compressor if I find one clean and subtle enough)

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My 4u has my Axon Terratec Pitch-to-Midi convertor and my Novation Supernova Rack synth.

It's a killer box of tricks that can produce more low end than any 'real' bass!!! (Except maybe the Doodle).

DaN

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I have a 4U rack that's housing a Markbass TA503, DBX160a Compressor/Limiter, Korg DTR1000 Tuner. Simple but effective with minimal fuss or set-up time at gigs.

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I originally bought a 6U rack and had dreams of filling it with all manner of pre-amps, power-amps and flashy lights. I then learnt that this was a conduit to GAS and quickly sold it off and bought a 2U rack which just fits my Hartke HA3500. Can't want for anything else now as there's no space for it.

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I have a 3U rack with a nice new Tech TVM600 head replacing my currentlyout of action Tech TVM350 and a Korg rackmount tuner. I have a POD XT Live that I bring along when I need effects - which is only for one of the three bands/projects I'm currently involved in.

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My rack: Pearce BC1 preamp and a behringer EP2500 Power amp, with an ISP Decimator pedal in the effects loop.

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[quote name='Crazykiwi' post='2173' date='May 19 2007, 01:19 PM']and the colour of the LED's too. Blue ones sound the best.[/quote]

Yup, you're right!

You guys are also forgetting that a power conditioner will add BAGS of tone, and one with vents and handles in the correct places plus a good helping of LEDs (blue preferably) will sound even more incredible!

It's the secret to Chris Wolstenholme's tone, he told me himself.

Edited by Waldo

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An remember your rack should be metal covered ply for those warm traditional bass tones or high-impact plastic for a more "hi-fi" sound.

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All the exposed metal bits have to be coated in a rare metal, gold's not rare enough. Its got to be futurinium or something pretentious sounding. Preferably with a trademark signs all over. Something reassuringly elitist. Yeah and then it'll sound like liquid jesus dipped in butter. Only then will I get respect from my fellow bass players and it will definitely help me address my feelings of inadequacy. The fact that it going to cost more than a years worth of therapy doesn't matter, coz I won't have to face my personal problems.

Oops. Did I go too far?

I never know... :wacko:

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[quote name='Crazykiwi' post='2562' date='May 20 2007, 12:01 AM']All the exposed metal bits have to be coated in a rare metal, gold's not rare enough. Its got to be futurinium or something pretentious sounding. Preferably with a trademark signs all over. Something reassuringly elitist. Yeah and then it'll sound like liquid jesus dipped in butter. Only then will I get respect from my fellow bass players and it will definitely help me address my feelings of inadequacy. The fact that it going to cost more than a years worth of therapy doesn't matter, coz I won't have to face my personal problems.

Oops. Did I go too far?

I never know... :wacko:[/quote]

The funny/sad thing is, there are people who actually think like that.........

:)

Oh yeah, it needs to have a boutique name like 'Chunkworks McCreamblender' or something. A name like immediately adds £200 to the price and thus, makes it sound better.

Edited by Waldo

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[quote name='bassboy115' post='1781' date='May 18 2007, 09:53 PM']I personally dont have one but ive always really wondered what people fill them up with..im guessin people will have compressor, tuner and head but i just look at pictures and dont have a clue what the other stuff is...so

What have you got in your rack/ what would you recommend or discourage someone to get?[/quote]

Behringer V - Amp, big fat stereo graphic and until recently a power amp. I swapped the amp it was a 500w power amp (the v-amp being used as a stereo pre) but it didn't push out enough ooomph for me so I bought an Eden Nemesis which shines it's lovely blue light out of the bottom of the rack. I've got a space left but don't know what to buy, something with green flashing lights would be nice. Couldn't care less what it does just green would balance the other colours.

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When I get round to it, my rack will be a 4U one containing EA iAmp350 head, Trantec S3.5 wireless receiver and Yamaha FX500 multi-FX unit. The remaining 1U space will hopefully get filled with one of these [url="http://www.audioagencyeurope.com/funk_logic.html"]Funk Logic[/url] puppies... at last, a 'Vintagerator' control that goes from 'Ugh' to '1001001'..!

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to fill a 1U space, the best thing to put in is a blank panel (with grills/slots in) and put a bright blue "rope light" thing behind it, or something like that.

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