Saturday, 26 March 2011
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I'm looking into headphone amps for the Montreal Guitar Show. We will have both basses and guitars to demo so right now the ipad/???app makes the most sense. Any thoughts or recommendations?
11 years ago
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Sheldon the iPad together with the iRig and the Amplitube App is a good solution if you download the Amplitube app onto the iPad you will have a choice of at least 1 bass amp & effects and quite a few guitar ones. [img:2zz04qag]http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/picts/moreinfo/irigipadoblique.jpg[/img:2zz04qag] However make sure you use a headphone with at least 32 Ohms impedance and 110dB sensitivity otherwise the bass sound will distort (fart) in the headset, a good one to use would be the Sennheiser HD415 model. However if you think about it, the iPad can be quite an expensive set up if you'll need to buy 4 or 5 of them, and to be honest I would recommend to use a Korg Pandora PX5D model, with which you can get some excellent quality sounds. Here's a demo video of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anF3illXntg [img:2zz04qag]http://www.gtrmusic.co.uk/images/products/effects-pedals/korg/korg-toneworks-pandora-px5d-multi-effectsl.jpg[/img:2zz04qag] http://www.korg.com/Product.aspx?pd=290
11 years ago
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Thanks for the input GW. I'll consider the Korg I noticed the Ernie Ball booth was using some Korg boxes. If I can make the ipad work it would be good for both guitar and bass as well as acting as a slideshow display when not being used as a headphone amp and a laptop.
11 years ago
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Great, that means you're coming back then? I thought the show was great and I was impressed with the amount of stuff they had, especially the acoustic guitars. A lot of unique stuff all in one place.
11 years ago
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":xt9hmgul]Great, that means you're coming back then? I thought the show was great and I was impressed with the amount of stuff they had, especially the acoustic guitars. A lot of unique stuff all in one place.[/quote:xt9hmgul] Make sure to take lots of pics and video like I did so that those not going can see what the show was like.
11 years ago
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I've been using a Pandora for years. A decent bunch of modeling options (cabs, amps, effects) and a pretty good clean tone. I don't practice with an amp at home, I only use a Pandora...
11 years ago
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I personally use one o the older Tascam CD Bass Trainers (CD-BT1) with a set of bass heavy headphones (Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs) for practice. I don't use any of its effects.
11 years ago
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I've yet to try the Pandora or Tascam. I've installed iRig on my ipod touch and the guitar sounds are amazing. I have yet to install the bass amp. Thanks for the tip on the Sennheisers Grand W. I picked up a pair of 435's and they are sweet. There's something about them that makes everything sound more spatial and detailed. I'm really enjoying listening to old favorites and hearing subtleties I never noticed before.
11 years ago
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I use Sennheisers for my recording and practicing as well. I can't remember the numbers, but they're pretty nice. Last year, I actually picked up a couple sets of Panasonic headphones that were dirt cheap to use for band recording (6 sets of phones in the room), and most of the guys preferred them over the Sennheisers! Huh. The expensive Sennheisers stay at home now.
10 years ago
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I confiscated my kid's iPod touch, it was sucking his brain out. I replaced it with a classic iPod loaded with the whole library. Now he can't game and he's discovering some different music, a win win result as far as I'm concerned. I dumped all the games and junk off this thing and got an irig dongle and amplitude app. Pretty cool for headphone practice. The GK app does even better with bass as you don't need to load music, just pick from iTunes. Same amp i use anyway, with the full eq. Some really cool beat box and rythem apps too. I really like being free of the computer, I can do the bare minimum email and light browsing, so my screen sucking time has been drastically cut down. I can go weeks without booting up the desktop. And typing on this tiny screen keeps things brief. The practice set up works great out sitting out on the deck. I get plenty of battery life. The amplitude app works better with guitar. I see great things coming with the newer, more powerful handheld devices. I can't wait for ATT to take over T Mobile so I can get a real iPhone! Then everything will sync up with the macs.
10 years ago
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The VOX Amplug Bass is a simple, small headphone amp that does the job. Cheap too. No frills. With the combustion's socket-style jack cup plate, the amplug tends to pop out now and then - one day I'll get round to sanding the amplug's moulding to the same radius as the cup so it fits snugly. Here's a pic [img:3cemwka9]http://www.voxamps.com/images/amplug/lg_bass_slant.jpg[/img:3cemwka9] and here's Vox's blurb. [quote:3cemwka9]'Bass' is modeled on VOX's classic AC100 bass amp, and expands its potential with a full-range tone that supports today's bass sounds. A compressor/boost effect provides not just compression but also a thick overdrive sound, giving you the perfect tones for performing in any style. Careful attention has been paid to the sound quality, and a high-quality FET buffer circuit has been used to obtain even greater dynamic range.[/quote:3cemwka9]
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