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psesinkclee
02-21-2009, 10:21 AM
I've gone through a bunch of threads here about which amplifier to get, and what to look for in the amp, but I couldn't find anyone talking about using a mic at the sound hole of your uke to play through an amp.

I'm gearing up to play some live shows with my band at school, and need to get an amp.

I'm using a microphone to play through the amp (none of my ukes have pickups), what should I look for in an amp?

Should I look for amps geared for acoustic guitars?

I'm looking for something for small gigs like coffeehouses and such, and around the 200$ and under range in terms of price.


Any tips would be a great help,
Paul

Stackabones
02-21-2009, 11:37 AM
Acoustic amp is preferable because it acts like a mini PA -- it doesn't color the sound like an electric guitar amp does.

As far as your price range goes, you may have to look for used. Try to find something with at least 30 watts. You could go for less wattage, but a room can get noisy and drown out smaller amps.

For a new amp, this Behringer Ultracoustic (http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Ultracoustic-ACX450-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-?sku=480306&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=37319049) could do the trick -- 45W will work in most situations that you mentioned. Plus -- at just over 20lbs, it's not too heavy. I don't have this one, but I do have one of their powered PA speakers that works well.

smgold101
02-21-2009, 11:44 AM
Not much help for what amp to get but idk if you know this but if you dont want to use a microphone you can always buy external pickup. I dont believe that they are too expensive.

one80
02-21-2009, 01:45 PM
For a new amp, this Behringer Ultracoustic (http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Ultracoustic-ACX450-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-?sku=480306&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=37319049) could do the trick -- 45W will work in most situations that you mentioned. Plus -- at just over 20lbs, it's not too heavy. I don't have this one, but I do have one of their powered PA speakers that works well.

I bought this very amp and am soo pleased with it. The sound quality is amazing! This was the first amp i bought and i wouldnt change it for anything! It comes with two channels and it has a XLR conector on the other channel with loads of effects too.

hope that helps

Sam

Stackabones
02-21-2009, 02:08 PM
I bought this very amp and am soo pleased with it. The sound quality is amazing! This was the first amp i bought and i wouldnt change it for anything! It comes with two channels and it has a XLR conector on the other channel with loads of effects too.

hope that helps

Sam

Cool, Sam! Thanks for the review. :shaka:

UkeNinja
02-21-2009, 02:29 PM
In all those threads on amplification that you already visited, fellow member Howlin' Hobbit mentions his setup a few times as well. He uses a microphone all the time, check his posts as well.

Stackabones
02-21-2009, 02:36 PM
In all those threads on amplification that you already visited, fellow member Howlin' Hobbit mentions his setup a few times as well. He uses a microphone all the time, check his posts as well.

I need to find those! Some situations could be difficult to go mic only, but most of time it would be the best sound.

ricdoug
02-21-2009, 02:59 PM
Here's a review of several amps I've played and/or own (I own about 4 dozen amps for different applications):

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5333&highlight=battery

ricdoug
02-21-2009, 03:07 PM
I use the MXL990 large diaphram condensor microphone that requires phantom power, on Howlin' Hobbit's and Nina Coquina's recommendations. It has a wide pattern that picks up voice and instruments from several feet away. All the amplification on the stage is battery powered. This photo is from last Halloween evening, playing for a crowd of about 150 at the Ocean House in Carlsbad, California. Ric

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele529.jpg

Gaby
02-21-2009, 04:23 PM
Kustom make some nice budget acoustic amps as well. The very least you want is an amp with some kind of reverb - even if it is just a standard electric amp.

Shadow makes a very nice stick on (the soundboard) acoustic (originally for nylon string guitars) pickup with volume and tone control. It is tiny, so it won't be in the way. You can fix it temporarily or permanently. The sound quality is excellent, it is easier to work than a microphone. It should retail for around $120 including lead from pickup to amp (has a mini jack on the pickup side and regular jack on the other end). I found these one of the 'truest' pickups.

ricdoug
02-21-2009, 05:11 PM
You can also make a pickup for under $10 bucks. I've done it to several:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8560&highlight=pickup

Stackabones
02-21-2009, 06:31 PM
ricdoug -- I've read your reviews of the Carvin and it looks like a good fit for what I want to do. I'm also considering the Crate Taxi50, which is around the same price -- but less wattage and a bit lighter, too. I know you reviewed the Taxi30, but have you any experience with the Taxi50?

Howlin Hobbit
02-21-2009, 07:12 PM
Here's an entry in my blog that talks about my sound system (http://howlinhobbit.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=290).

Stackabones
02-21-2009, 07:53 PM
Here's an entry in my blog that talks about my sound system (http://howlinhobbit.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=290).

Thanks! Great blog entry.

Ukuleleblues
02-22-2009, 01:10 AM
I use the MXL990 large diaphram condensor microphone that requires phantom power, on Howlin' Hobbit's and Nina Coquina's recommendations. It has a wide pattern that picks up voice and instruments from several feet away. All the amplification on the stage is battery powered. This photo is from last Halloween evening, playing for a crowd of about 150 at the Ocean House in Carlsbad, California. Ric

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele529.jpg

Ric, Is that a MXL990 ,not a 990s right. Is everyone in the middle singing and playing through it. What do you have the MXL hooked into? It looks like the guy on the far left, Bass player and maybe the far right are going through separate amps and the rest are being picked up by the condenser. I am interested as i have not found a good setup for small gigs. I also read HHs link.

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 08:33 AM
ricdoug -- I've read your reviews of the Carvin and it looks like a good fit for what I want to do. I'm also considering the Crate Taxi50, which is around the same price -- but less wattage and a bit lighter, too. I know you reviewed the Taxi30, but have you any experience with the Taxi50?

When I bought the Carvin S400D (D for digital effects), I had been through about two months of testing acoustic amps like the Crate Taxi TX50 (I already owned a TX15, which I commonly mistakingly refer to it as a TX30), Roland AC60 and AC90, Crate Gunnison, Kustom Cimmaron and several others. The Carvin S400D won hands down in tonal quality, versatility, build quality, acoustical output and cleanliness of sound. The tonal quality of the Taxi Limo TX50 was not even close to the sound of the Carvin S400D. At medium to large size gigs, you need to get the sound above the heads of the audience, or it will be absorbed and sound like mud. The Carvin S400D and the newer Crate Taxi Limo TX50SE are stand mountable. The Carvin S400D runs 6 hours at full power with the extra battery (three hours full power with one battery) and the Crate Taxi Limo runs 2 hours at full power. I bought my Carvin S400D with the extra battery, extension speaker, 50' speaker cable and speaker stands. Ric

Carvin S400D manual:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/manuals/s400d.pdf

Crate Taxi Limo TX50 manual:

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pdf/man/m_487761.pdf

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 09:18 AM
Ric, Is that a MXL990 ,not a 990s right. Is everyone in the middle singing and playing through it. What do you have the MXL hooked into? It looks like the guy on the far left, Bass player and maybe the far right are going through separate amps and the rest are being picked up by the condenser. I am interested as i have not found a good setup for small gigs. I also read HHs link.

It's an MXL990. I bought mine in a set that included an instrument mic, locally. Mine did not come with a shockmount, but it did come with a mic stand adaptor:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXL-990-Condenser-Microphone-with-Shockmount?sku=273156

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/2/8/8/369288.jpg

The MXL990S has more features. I have not tried one:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-990s-Condenser-Microphone?sku=273103

I bought the 990 on Howlin' Hobbit's recommendation. Here's the dilenma I needed to solve: I've played guitar in Rock, Blues and Country bands. I'm used to microphones like the Shure SM58's (vocal) and Shure SM57's (instrumental). These mikes are super cardioid (very directional and distance sensitive). You have to sing/play close and on center for proper sound. This prevents bleedover from stage amps, drums and feedback from monitors. It works great when you understand and apply this...

BUT!!!...............

When putting musicians on stage that are uncomfortable playing and singing with these restrictions, it is IMPOSSIBLE to balance the mix!!! I had several people that would stand 2 feet away from the microphones and complain that the volume was not loud enough. If I turned the inputs up there would be howl and squeel feedback.

After several posts and inquiries back and forth with Howlin' Hobbit, I bought the MXL 990 and a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer (the 802 has phantom power for the condensor mic MXL 990):

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Xenyx-802?sku=631263

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/0/8/8/462088.jpg

People singing anywhere with 4 feet of the MXL 990 can be heard clearly. Anywhere on the stage behind and to the sides of the MXL 990 will be heard, not as loud or clear. Any amplification on stage will be heard through the main system, too. The caveat is that you cannot use a monitor with the MXL 990, because it WILL feedback. The MXL 990 picks up anything in front or to the sides of it and even some behind it. It's quite a learning curve to sing on pitch on a stage in front of a large crowd with lots of ambient noise, but singers/players can move around without destroying the sound mix.

In the above photo, Donna's playing bass through a Roland Microcube RX Bass that is placed on stage behind the microphone. Captain Mike (retired Naval Captain) on the left is playing through one of the amps and the rest of the ukuleles on the stage are being picked up by the MXL 990, which is feeding that sound through the Carvin S400D.

I was very sceptical about the usability of a wide pattern microphone like the MXL 990. In my paradigm, it could not possibly work. That paradigm's broken, as the MXL990 works fine for this application. It would be a nightmare if the stage volume was high, as in a rock band. Ric

Stackabones
02-22-2009, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the details on the Carvin and Crate, Ric.

Also, cool stuff on the mic. Though I mainly do solo acoustic git/vox gigs, I've been considering a one-mic approach for the vox and git. I wonder if the MXL is the ticket? I usually plug my guitar into a Baggs PADI and sing through a Shure SM58. I dig the Shure, but I'd like to find a mic solution for the guitar. I use a Schatten, which is really good ... still, I want a better representation of the acoustic sound.

geoffsuke
02-22-2009, 11:52 AM
what i recommend you do is connect your mic and amp through a mixer or pre amp so you can adjust EQ and levels. i would set aside a bit out of the 200 to get a mmixer with the amp. this is my personal preferance, i like having all the controls so i can get the perfect sound for the song. you may want to leave the mixer and just get a better amp, it's upto you. this is just what i would do.

peace :cheers: and beer

geoffsuke
02-22-2009, 11:54 AM
soz, i didn't look at the posts above. i use the behringer mixer above, it's basic but it's probably all you'll need at this stage, and it's a really good mixer for the price

and it's great for youtube vids and recording things

peace :cheers: and beer

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 01:15 PM
I wonder if the MXL is the ticket? I usually plug my guitar into a Baggs PADI and sing through a Shure SM58. I dig the Shure, but I'd like to find a mic solution for the guitar. I use a Schatten, which is really good ... still, I want a better representation of the acoustic sound.

The MXL works fine for both the vocals and the natural acoustic sound of your guitar myself and the Ukulele Society of America were pleasantly surprized how well it works. Ric

Stackabones
02-22-2009, 01:36 PM
The MXL works fine for both the vocals and the natural acoustic sound of your guitar myself and the Ukulele Society of America were pleasantly surprized how well it works. Ric

Thanks, Ric. :shaka:

Howlin Hobbit
02-22-2009, 03:08 PM
The caveat is that you cannot use a monitor with the MXL 990, because it WILL feedback. The MXL 990 picks up anything in front or to the sides of it and even some behind it.

You can use monitors but it's really tricksy. I sit far enough behind the mike that there's space between it and me for a monitor. Unfortunately I can't illustrate it here but picture a line at a 45 degree angle coming back from the mike stand. Putting the monitor on that line and on that angle will do it.

It helps you and anyone behind you to hear and you can still use the condensers. You still can't turn the monitors way up, but it does work.

I don't know how well it would work in the mob scene you've got going on in that pic though.

Another thing that I suspect will work but haven't been able to try is those little powered monitors that clamp to the mike stand itself.

I keep thinking "when I get rich, I'm gettin' me an in-ear monitor setup."

Yeah. Right.

Stackabones
02-22-2009, 03:21 PM
Hmmm ... well, that may not work at one of my gigs. The "stage" is so small that I practically sit on the amp. The MXL would be in firing range.

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 09:02 PM
The "stage" is so small that I practically sit on the amp. The MXL would be in firing range.

In that situation, the MXL990 and the Mackie SRM 150 are probably the best solution. Plenty of power and it will allow you more breathing room. It has built in phantom power, so you would not need an external device, just the Mackie and the MXLI tested the SRM 150 at my local Guitar Center in San Marcos, California.:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Mackie-SRM-150-Compact-Active-PA-System?sku=601064

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/7/8/9/482789.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/7/9/0/482790.jpg

Mackie SRM 150 manual:

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pdf/man/m_601064.pdf

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 09:41 PM
Reviews on the Mackie SRM150. At only 7.6 pounds you can pack it in your airline luggage for travel:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document/mackie?doc_id=102395

http://www.mackie.com/products/srm150/PDF/PerformingSongwriterSRM150.pdf

http://www.mackie.com/products/SRM150/PDF/SRM150_Road_Test.pdf

Now that I've raised interest on the Mackie SRM150, I still use and prefer the Carvin S400D for it's superior sound and versatility. Ric

ricdoug
02-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Wiring diagrams for the Mackie SRM150:

http://www.mackie.com/pdf/SRM150_HU.pdf

Specs:

http://www.mackie.com/pdf/SRM150_HU.pdf

Ukuleleblues
02-23-2009, 02:34 AM
......I was very sceptical about the usability of a wide pattern microphone like the MXL 990. In my paradigm, it could not possibly work. That paradigm's broken, as the MXL990 works fine for this application. It would be a nightmare if the stage volume was high, as in a rock band. Ric

Thanks Ric, I already have a Behringer Mixer and this sure seems like it would make a group of folks easier to mic. I think I am goging to get one.

Stackabones
02-23-2009, 04:16 AM
Ric, I actually have that Mackie SRM150. It's a great little amp, and I've used it in many situations -- sometimes as a monitor and sometimes as the main amp. But it doesn't run on batteries. ;)

For that one gig I mentioned, I use a Fender Acoustisonic 30 ... it's provided by the venue. No set up hassle. Just plug and go. But no batteries, either.

Though for other situations where the Mackie would work, I can see that the MXL could possibly work with it.

ricdoug
02-23-2009, 07:47 AM
Thanks Ric, I already have a Behringer Mixer and this sure seems like it would make a group of folks easier to mic. I think I am goging to get one.

It definately makes getting the sound mix balanced when you have several musicians on a stage that move around a lot. The thanks here goes to Howlin's Hobbit. I NEVER would have tried one without his persistent posting and undying conviction to the effectiveness of the MXL990. I still prefer Shure SM58's and SM57's, but I could never get the sound balanced with so many on stage not trained on microphone technique. Ric

ricdoug
02-23-2009, 08:36 AM
Ric, I actually have that Mackie SRM150. It's a great little amp, and I've used it in many situations -- sometimes as a monitor and sometimes as the main amp. But it doesn't run on batteries. ;)

For that one gig I mentioned, I use a Fender Acoustisonic 30 ... it's provided by the venue. No set up hassle. Just plug and go. But no batteries, either.

Though for other situations where the Mackie would work, I can see that the MXL could possibly work with it.

To use the MXL990 on battery power, I use a combo like this. Note that the MXL990 does not do well in windy outdoor gigs. The wind noise is picked up and overpowers the instruments and vocals. I use super cardioid microphones for most outdoor playing because of the wind, as you can see in some photos of tsud123 and Ryan, along with me at the first BakitWhy picnic at the Bolsa Chica State Beach in southern California:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=96157

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/96100-96199/96157.gif

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ricdoug
02-23-2009, 08:37 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/2802115577_61974b815c.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2802955036_8a44d0802f.jpg

Stackabones
02-23-2009, 02:11 PM
Wow! Thanks, Ric. Above and beyond the call of duty!!!

Howlin Hobbit
02-23-2009, 06:47 PM
You'll also note that Ric, in addition to using the super cardioid mikes, wisely practices safe miking by using a mike condom in windy conditions.

They also help ameliorate plosives. Always a good thing, especially with people (like me) who tend to get into it a bit when they're playing and singing.

ricdoug
02-23-2009, 07:45 PM
using a mike condom in windy conditions.

LOL! I've not heard that "term of endearment" used for a windscreen, before. They're cheap enough and also save your battery life outdoors, as you're not constantly amplifying the wind noise. Only amplifying the music. Indoors, as you stated, they protect other components from lines like "Peter PiPer Picked a Peck of Pickled PePPers" and "Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance" Ric

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=windscreen&st=

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/8/6/9/549869.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/3/0/1/552301.jpg

Ukuleleblues
02-24-2009, 06:14 AM
I was goging to pic up a MXL 990 and at Musicians Friend and all they had was the combo kit MXL990 and 991.

Ric you said you had the kit. Here is what I want to do. My wife and I play together. If I had the kit would we point the 991 at the ukes and the 990 at our heads? Is the 991 worth buying for that purpose. Would th3e pattern be wide enough if we stood about 1.5 feet apart a the elbows

I looked around and all I found were references to micing single instruments. Ric do you ues the 991 for anything? Am I better off just order int the MXL 990 by itself. It's not really a cost thing, $96 vs $77. I just hate to buy something I won't use.

psesinkclee
02-24-2009, 07:16 AM
I went ahead and ordered the Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 amp from guitar center's website (they told me that they don't keep them in the stores, and something about having to order them directly from Behringer)

The bad part is, that I ordered it to my college address, and I'm home until next monday. But I'll pop up a quick review of it when I get back to school :shaka:

ricdoug
02-24-2009, 09:13 AM
If I had the kit would we point the 991 at the ukes and the 990 at our heads? Is the 991 worth buying for that purpose. Would th3e pattern be wide enough if we stood about 1.5 feet apart a the elbows

I looked around and all I found were references to micing single instruments. Ric do you ues the 991 for anything? Am I better off just order int the MXL 990 by itself. It's not really a cost thing, $96 vs $77. I just hate to buy something I won't use.

My 991 just occupies space in the microphone case. I tried using it when I first got it and it is very directional, but just use the 990, now. It picks up both the instruments and the vocals, fine. Ric

ricdoug
02-24-2009, 10:07 AM
My friend Terry the Brit owns two of the Behringer ULTRATONE K450FX
Keyboard Amp/PA System's and uses them to play for large audiences in
retirement homes. He has a mixture of low and high impedence microphones
that he uses in various combinations, depending on the gig. In the photo
below, they're using an MXL990 to pickup the whole group and an MXL991
for the lead vocalist:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele561.jpg

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-K450FX-45w-3-Channel-PA-System-and-Keyboard-Amp?sku=480784

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/1/4/8/569148.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/1/4/3/569143.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/1/4/7/569147.jpg

Ukuleleblues
02-24-2009, 03:24 PM
Ric, I apologise for asking so many questions but I am very interested. From the pic it looks like your friend is running the 990 to the (looking at the stage) left amp and the 991 lead voacl through the right amp. I looked at the specs of the amp and didn't see where it had Phantom power, Is he using a mixer between the mic and amp? This is very useful information for me. Thank you in advance.

ricdoug
02-24-2009, 08:04 PM
No problem, my pleasure. Your questions raised my curiosity as I know the 990's/991's won't work without the phantom power, so I called Terry earlier today. He said he has velcroed a Phantom Nady unit and a black power strip to the back of each amp. As soon as I get a chance, I'll photograph the configuration. He said the phantom units were only $20 bucks each. I'm guessing these are the ones:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-SMPS1X-Phantom-Power-Supply?sku=180162

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/9/5/4/554954.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/9/5/5/554955.jpg

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/9/5/3/554953.jpg

Howlin Hobbit
02-25-2009, 09:09 AM
I found the 991 useful in a couple situations.

1) as a "loaner" mike to someone else in the band
2) as a recording mike when I want to just do an instrument track. I tend to huff and puff when my playing gets "serious" and the directional pattern of the 991 helps to keep that off the recording.

It's also doughty enough to do the "both instrument and vocals" thing if you place it correctly and it will help cut down the monitor feedback Ric mentioned earlier. It just doesn't look as cool as the 990. :)

Ukuleleblues
02-25-2009, 03:09 PM
Thank you Ric and Howlin Hobbit for taking the time out to help me out.

tanimoto
03-14-2009, 04:37 PM
Should i get the Crate Taxi TX15 or the Traynor TVM10?
Both 15 watts and weigh about the same. Or i was thinking about the Roland Street Cube but i wasn't sure why it is so highly priced since it is only 5 Watts. Any suggestions/recs?

Crate Taxi TX15
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...Amp?sku=487631

Traynor International TVM10
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...ELAID=57137322

Roland CUBE Street
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-Street-CUBEST-5W-2x6.5-Battery-Powered-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=481658&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=125384436
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ricdoug
03-14-2009, 06:31 PM
Should i get the Crate Taxi TX15 or the Traynor TVM10? Both 15 watts and weigh about the same.

The Taxi has an 8" speaker that handles the low frequencies a little better, but the Traynor is mountable on a speaker stand which makes it better for larger crowds. Getting the sound above the heads of your audience makes a big difference in coverage. The Traynor gets the edge, because of that feature.


Or i was thinking about the Roland Street Cube but i wasn't sure why it is so highly priced since it is only 5 Watts. Any suggestions/recs?

There is not a huge difference in acoustical output between 5 and 15 watts. Audio is not linear. 50 watts is only twice as loud as 5 watts (a 10 db gain). 10 watts is only 3 db louder than 5 watts (a slight audio difference). The Street cube also has two speakers that push more air. The speakers in all the Roland Microcube/Street Cube amps are specially designed for more efficiency (every watt of power produces a higher db level than other speakers in other amps). The Cube Street has seperate assignable effects for both of it's input channels. The Taxi does not have effects. The Cube Street is lighter and easily packed in luggage without taking up all your weight allowance for flights. The Cube Street runs at full power for 10+ hours. The Taxi will run full power for 3 to 6 hours, depending on what you are inputting into it. I would personaly spend a little more than the Cube Street costs for a Carvin S400D:

https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=S400D

It has 4 channels, is battery powered, has effects, is stand mountable, 100 watts, will power another P.A. cabinet, accepts acoustic and electric instruments to include a bass guitar and much more versatile. Spend half the money of the Cube Street for a Vox DA5. It has 3 channels - 1. instrument, 2. microphone with seperate volume control, 3. auxilliary for use with an MP3 player or CD player:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-DA5-Portable-Amplifier-?sku=482065