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Old 12-21-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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Pre-amp/DI possibilities?

Forgive my immense tech noobiness, but for Christmas I'm getting a Hartke VXL bass attack. An amp that would actually work for the venues I'm playing would be much more expensive and out of the Christmas budget, and 95% of the time they're run through the PA anyway, so I figured a di-come-pre-amp would work a treat for restoring some tone, at a good price.

My question is whether the DI box can be run straight into bass cabs (or any other cab for that matter) without damaging the cab at all?

Also please keep the "go buy an amp" comments to yourselves, it is the next thing I will be acquiring, money allowing
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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pretty sure you need a power amp to drive the speakers correctly.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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straight to a PA yes, to a bass cab, i don't think so.

what's the point of the cab if you can go right to the PA?
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:45 PM   #4
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Wait a minute...

Are you a guitar or a bass player? You have to have some sort of an amp somewhere to power a cabinet. That pedal is a pre-amp/ DI box and it won't power a cab on it's own. You could probably run it into the PA but I'm not sure if it would sound very good.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:16 PM   #5
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straight to a PA yes, to a bass cab, i don't think so.

what's the point of the cab if you can go right to the PA?



I just quite like having the sound coming from behind me rather than just from the stage monitors if I can.

I play bass, and I've DI'd a bunch of times and been able to shape the sound slightly, but not really sounding like a bass guitar :-/ It's shitty, and a cheap solution, but seriously all I/my family can afford.

Not to worry then, thanks for the speedy answers


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