Powered cabinets - way to go?
Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:41 AM
I'm plugging my Boss multi FX straight into it; the Boss unit has a pre-amp section with 6 different classic amp simulations. No heavy combo to lug around anymore, just one light cabinet.
Previously, I'd been using the ME70 plugged into my Hot Rod Deville 410, and not using the pre-amp in the ME70. I knew it was there, but just thought of it as a possible fallback if my amp died during a gig, in which case I could plug it into the PA.
Then I started rehearsing with a band who plug everything direct into a rack-mount PA, and also use in-ear monitoring. For those rehearsals, I started using the pre-amp and found it was pretty good. I left that band and was talking to a friend who suggested that if I liked the pre-amp, all I need is a powered cabinet, and he recommended the Tech 21.
I'm very impressed with the purity of tone, lightness and portability. Haven't gigged it yet, but for big venues I would plan to run the XLR line-out to the PA for a little bit more FOH output. Most of my gigs are pubs and bars, and this set-up seems ideal. Worth a try if there are others out there like me who are getting too old and unfit to keep carrying valve combos up and down stairs....
Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:43 AM
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:11 PM
Actually I've seen a number of guys use the powered speaker, one or even two of them, for solo gigs. That seems to work well, especially with an a-e guitar or an electric without heavy modding of the signal.
Ditto with another option I've seen is the inexpensive PA setup with 10-12" speakers and a powered mixer.
For around a grand US, I've heard good things about the Fishman rig that's lighter and still much the same as the Bose column setup - again mostly for a solo gig in a small room.
I think a lot of us have made too much of a fetish for heavy equipment. Believe me, I'm pointing at me as much as anyone. Even my 1970s big dual 12 tube jobbie was purchased because its design pretty much allowed a solo gig with a guitar or two and one or two mikes.
Now? Naah, It's lighter with a little pa, mike stand, speaker stands to put 'em up above the crowd ear level, mikes and a guitar.
As you said too... the older one gets, the more one seeks pragmatic, decent-sounding but lighter-weight options for a gig as opposed to adding increased power that comes with a cost of weight.