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    Default So I'm a bass player now! And Bass DI owner...

    Looks like I volunteered to play bass and do vocals on "Strutter" by KISS at the Dean Owners open house...

    On that note, I got an APeg SCR-DI to run into my little PA to practice. LOVE it! I really listened to clips with and without overdrive. I am probably a 90% of the time pristine clean guy. But I see how a little growl and hair adds a nice gruffness to the tone. So I really wanted a DI that had the option to go dirt or not.

    That pretty much meant MXR M80 or Ampeg SCR. As much as I dug the Tech 21 Bass Driver, and the VT Bass, they had one sound without changing the knobs.

    Anyway, I went with the Ampeg SCR-DI. I really like the clean tone, especially with ultra low and high engaged. I also love all the out options. I can use it straight to the board (most likely), into an amp, both, or even as a private practice amp with headphones. PERFECT!!!

    Now - back to Strutter. That Gene guy, he doesn't sit still on a root note. Moving all over. Serious PITA to hit all those notes and sing!!!!! I'm not gonna play it note for - but I'll try. 3 weeks until gig.
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    Cool, have fun! I'll have to check out that DI.

    Personally I have much more fun being a bassist than a guitarist. But do you have an Axe bass?
    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    I miss playing bass sometimes. Back in college I played bass in a band with some friends. We gigged around some and had fun. That benefited my skill at rhythm guitar so much. But man, it was fun playing bass.

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    'Aceman' ... big KISS fanatic.... you better learn it note for note!
    TOUQUE ROCK...EH???? I AM CANADIAN

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    that di is cool. the distortion is kinda bland but very functional

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    I've been finding some nice gritty places on it. Not distortion per se, but definitely a little dirty....

    It was really tough shopping for DI's. I almost went eden World Tour because it had a compressor and expander...I think the IDEAL DI would be:

    Clean with bass/mid/treble
    Cool tone shaper switch (Slap, deep, mid shift, etc...)
    Distortion - that ran from OD to fuzz, with blend, and maybe a presence or something else that kicked in when you went distortion
    Compression

    I'm sure there is such a thing, and that it is expensive! I guess Sansamp + distortion pedal + EQ pedal + compressor would do all that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamanda~SD View Post
    'Aceman' ... big KISS fanatic.... you better learn it note for note!
    Play it, vs Perform it, vs Perform and Sing....I'm not optimistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    Play it, vs Perform it, vs Perform and Sing....I'm not optimistic.
    Are you singing the verses too or just the chorus? Paul actually has lead vocals on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    I've been finding some nice gritty places on it. Not distortion per se, but definitely a little dirty....

    It was really tough shopping for DI's. I almost went eden World Tour because it had a compressor and expander...I think the IDEAL DI would be:

    Clean with bass/mid/treble
    Cool tone shaper switch (Slap, deep, mid shift, etc...)
    Distortion - that ran from OD to fuzz, with blend, and maybe a presence or something else that kicked in when you went distortion
    Compression

    I'm sure there is such a thing, and that it is expensive! I guess Sansamp + distortion pedal + EQ pedal + compressor would do all that....
    Sansamp Bass Driver DI has a lot of what you're looking for. Good amplike OD/distortion, blend control, three user presets that include your EQ settings, not too expensive and small enough to fit in the pocket of a gig bag. No mode switch or compressor but you can get spank or deep or grit or rubber from it. My only gripe with mine is that it doesn't have a midrange knob- the newer V2 version has a sweep freq mid control. I got mine new coupla years ago for $140, the new one is around $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    Are you singing the verses too or just the chorus? Paul actually has lead vocals on it.
    Lead vocal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticsynergy View Post
    Sansamp Bass Driver DI has a lot of what you're looking for. Good amplike OD/distortion, blend control, three user presets that include your EQ settings, not too expensive and small enough to fit in the pocket of a gig bag. No mode switch or compressor but you can get spank or deep or grit or rubber from it. My only gripe with mine is that it doesn't have a midrange knob- the newer V2 version has a sweep freq mid control. I got mine new coupla years ago for $140, the new one is around $200.
    Yeah - that was definitely on my list. Three presets was cool, but that was one more than I needed. Price went up. as you said - miss....It was very close, but didn't quite make by by. being both more and less of what I wanted.
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    OK - this is going better than I thought. Groovy groove on that tune!
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    That was part of the appeal of Kiss.

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    Do you need to change your handle to Geneman?

    I find it eminently satisfying to create bass parts but I definitely prefer playing guitar.
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    You know, I have always dabbled in bass...but mostly laying around gear here and there.

    I always think I right songs on bass more so than guitar. I just here the structure in bass lines instead of riffs.
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    I need to get back into playing bass, a lot of fun playing bass!

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    me too. i played bass in a few bands over the years and i had a blast

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    Lead vocal.
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    OK - this is going better than I thought. Groovy groove on that tune!
    Good luck with it. Playing a walking bass line and singing a different melody is no easy task when you haven't done it very much. Have fun with it. Is anybody going to be there to get a video of it?

    I just replaced the nut on my daughter's Squier 5-string Jazz Bass. She got it for her birthday from Grandpa but the slots were too low in the nut and I finally was able to get it taken care of. Next is new strings. One snapped near the tuning peg and is now too short to get it around the post. DOH!
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    No doubt just playing bass could be fun. and when I say "just playing bass" I mean vs learning Olympic caliber guitar solos...

    Bass = 1 Bass, 1 DI, good 1/4 to 1/8 notes

    Guitar = Amp, Cab, 20 pedals, 4 guitars + acoustic, 16th to 32nd notes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    I've been finding some nice gritty places on it. Not distortion per se, but definitely a little dirty....

    It was really tough shopping for DI's. I almost went eden World Tour because it had a compressor and expander...I think the IDEAL DI would be:

    Clean with bass/mid/treble
    Cool tone shaper switch (Slap, deep, mid shift, etc...)
    Distortion - that ran from OD to fuzz, with blend, and maybe a presence or something else that kicked in when you went distortion
    Compression

    I'm sure there is such a thing, and that it is expensive! I guess Sansamp + distortion pedal + EQ pedal + compressor would do all that....
    Actually the MXR m80 has a lot of that (clean with eq, color switch, auto color/eq when distortion is engaged, full blend, gate with trigger control) the distortion isn't really an OD or a fuzz though. If only they made a B:assmaster D.I with eq, etc...

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