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sam13
03-12-2015, 04:07 AM
Hey All,

I need some advice.

I am looking to add some power to my practises so I will need an Amplifier 2 or 3 channels (voice and Ukulele) with all the EQ stuff ...

I just bought a LR Baggs VenueDI. Both Kilin Reece and Andrew Kitakis use them so I thought it was good enough for me ... also on sale. Nice deal.

But I don't have an amp ... and need something ... just to practise with, that down the road might work as a monitor when I rent gear for gigs ...

Used to sing with my 5 piece jazz, now I am going to add Uke to it.

I did put up a post a while ago and it was excellent ... I look about 15 minutes for it ... couldn't find it. If anyone can find it, I would be most appreciative.

Thanks.

mattydee
03-12-2015, 04:22 AM
I find that this thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?5333-Battery-powered-ukulele-amplification) comes up over and over again whenever this sort of question is asked. Chock full of info.

(I use a Fender acoustasonic 90, by the way. I like it.)

sam13
03-12-2015, 04:46 AM
Thanks for that ... I am looking at the Fishman LBX600 - Loudbox with two input lines.

ksiegel
03-12-2015, 10:52 AM
I have the Kustom pa50(aka Powerwerks PA50) powered speaker - two channels, each with a 1/4" and an XLR in, can use all simultaneously - basic volume and EQ on each channel, a third channel for 1/8" input (mp3 or cd player, for example). Master volume, and will daisy chain to another unit. I don't just jack into the unit when I'm daisy chaining them though (When I'm not playing solo) - I use a 12 channel sound board, and take the output from that into one of the Kustom powered speakers.

On sale at Guitar Center for $80 until the 15th of this month.

I've got 2, thinking about adding a third as a monitor.

Of course, they also have a 50w powered monitor for the same price, that will daisy chain off of the pa50 units...


-Kurt

deschutestrout
03-12-2015, 10:59 AM
Thanks for that ... I am looking at the Fishman LBX600 - Loudbox with two input lines.

I have the Mini Loudbox and it is awesome. The LBX600 is bigger, heavier, more bells and whistles....and more expensive :-) Someday I may "upgrade" to that, but haven't found the need. I use the Mini in all my smaller venue gigs, and it cranks for such a small amp ... and I've never even had it over 1/2 volume. Larger and outdoor gigs, I just direct it into the PA, and I already have a pre-mixed signal for my voice and instrument. For practice and smaller gigs, the Mini will serve very well indeed. If you want a higher watt with a handful more features and your budget allows, the 600. Either way, you're gonna be pleasantly shocked when you see what these little amps can do for acoustic instruments and voice. There. My 2 cents.

sam13
03-12-2015, 02:54 PM
I have the Mini Loudbox and it is awesome. The LBX600 is bigger, heavier, more bells and whistles....and more expensive :-) Someday I may "upgrade" to that, but haven't found the need. I use the Mini in all my smaller venue gigs, and it cranks for such a small amp ... and I've never even had it over 1/2 volume. Larger and outdoor gigs, I just direct it into the PA, and I already have a pre-mixed signal for my voice and instrument. For practice and smaller gigs, the Mini will serve very well indeed. If you want a higher watt with a handful more features and your budget allows, the 600. Either way, you're gonna be pleasantly shocked when you see what these little amps can do for acoustic instruments and voice. There. My 2 cents.

Thanks very much for your input ... really have been looking at these ... read some reviews and they are well recommended.

strumsilly
03-12-2015, 05:21 PM
Thanks very much for your input ... really have been looking at these ... read some reviews and they are well recommended.
that's what I use. most are impresed with hte the sound.
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Newportlocal
03-12-2015, 05:52 PM
I used to have a Loudbox mini and and then I got a roland ac-33. I liked the roland so much I sold the loudbox.
They are worth checking out.

BBJohn
03-12-2015, 06:37 PM
I used to have a Loudbox mini and and then I got a roland ac-33. I liked the roland so much I sold the loudbox.
They are worth checking out.

Hey can you share a little bit about your experience about Loudbox mini vs Roland ac-33!
While I'm fine with my Loudbox Mini but I am not super impress by it!

kohanmike
03-12-2015, 08:53 PM
Thanks for that ... I am looking at the Fishman LBX600 - Loudbox with two input lines.

The leader of my uke group, Cali Rose, uses a Fishman LoudBox 60 watt for her uke and headset vocal mic, works extremely well in a room with about 30-50 of us playing along. She uses it for all her gigs. When we all played for the Culver City Senior Center holiday show last year, she used it in a room that had about 200 people.

I've had a USA made Crate Limo 50 watt battery amp for about 15 years, first for my guitars, then for a special mini mic in my hand for harmonica and used both channels, then recently for my ukuleles, and more recently for small basses I took up. When Crate was sold, the amp manufacturing was moved to China and it never was the same.

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Crate Limo.jpg

kmac66
03-13-2015, 05:56 AM
The Fender Acoustasonic 15 is an inexpensive small practice amp with 2 inputs. Usually priced at $99. Not bad.

Red_Label
03-13-2015, 07:11 AM
I've been playing various acoustic styles live for years and have everything from the tried and true LR Baggs Paracoustic DI (for the instrument) to a couple of full-on PAs. But honestly... for the money nothing beats the Fishman Loudbox Mini. It's just such an awesome little box so full of sweet, clear tone. The Fishman SA200 line array (the "fishstick") is my second favorite acoustic gigging tool. I've got a longtime close relationship with my local music shop, so I get to take all kinds of gear and demo it and out of everything that I've demo'd or owned, those two Fishman products are my favorite. I also had the bigger two Fishman Loudbox (Artist and Performer) and preferred the Mini and the SA220 to both of those.

I ended-up selling the Fishstick because I stopped gigging acoustic for a while. I still have the Mini and am glad I didn't sell it (as I'm thinking about starting to gig acoustic stuff again). I'll likely just run my Mini into one of my PA configurations for any gigs needing something bigger than the Mini. but honestly... most small-medium acoustic gigs are will within the Mini's reach. I've had mine for about 3 years and cannot recommend it enough. Everyone who I know that has one agrees.

Newportlocal
03-13-2015, 07:27 AM
Hey can you share a little bit about your experience about Loudbox mini vs Roland ac-33!
While I'm fine with my Loudbox Mini but I am not super impress by it!

Just off the top of my head. I find it lighter, sounds great, ability to run it off batteries, easier to modify voice and ukulele sounds,and has a looper. I am really happy with mine. Hope that helps.

Tootler
03-13-2015, 08:31 AM
I recently got a Samson Expedition XP106 portable PA. It has a built in rechargeable battery & 4 inputs. I've given more details here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?5333-Battery-powered-ukulele-amplification&p=1608494#post1608494). I'm very pleased with it. Good tone. There's no EQ but it is better if you input your uke through a preamp. I have an Ashdown which has a two band EQ and a notch filter for feedback suppression.

ricdoug
03-13-2015, 10:39 AM
For the price of the LBX600 I would go with the made in America (right here in San Diego) Carvin AG300:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/AG300

The AG300 Acoustic Guitar Amp with Digital Effects offers state-of-the art performance for the serious acoustic artist. Matching the aesthetic of your acoustic instrument, the rich natural tones are delivered from our larger, yet still compact 3-way acoustic amplifier, featuring a horn loaded 12", 6.5" and titanium tweeter. The bigger sound from the horn loaded 12" provides 3dB more output over the AG200, while maintaining its crystal-clear highs, sweet mids and broader bass range. The deep bass performance is designed for all bass instruments, including the cello and upright bass. The high headroom 200w internal amp (250w with 8 ohm extension) becomes even a greater advantage when amplifying bass instruments, from which the high power maintains the integrity of your sound from 3 channels. So whether youíre using nylon, steel, gut, silver or silk-wound strings that are picked, plucked, strummed or bowed, the true fidelity of your instrument is faithfully reproduced. Add the lush ambient effects to the high string definition and youíll get a sound thatís naturally pleasing to the ear. The light weight, premium features and rugged construction, including the exclusive "lock-in" AC cord, will make the AG300 an even greater asset, considering its ability to amplify bass instruments.

Enclosure

The rich brown finish compliments the acoustic decor and the solid multi-ply enclosure is strong, while maintaining its compact size. The horn loaded 12Ē, which is angled to the floor, adds to the bass performance while reducing the overall height of the enclosure, keeping it compact and light weight, weighing in at only 31 lbs. The resonant-free construction offers solid performance, which adds depth to all instruments. The standard finish is Brown Marvelon (as pictured), but is available in other colors on special order.

3 Full Featured Channels

Each channel offers the flexibility of XLR inputs, plus instrument inputs. Channel 1 and 2 inputs are specifically designed to work equally well with piezo or magnetic pickups, and feature a HI-Z impedance switch to bring out the full tonal range of passive pickups. A GAIN switch matches low sensitivity pickups. The +48V phantom power switches on Channels 1 & 2 eliminating external power supplies required for condenser mics, active pickups or active direct boxes. Channel 3 may be used to mic an instrument or vocals, and the 1/8" jack serves as an input for your MP3 music source. A convenient USB charging port keeps your player going without having to worry about the battery in your portable device.

3 Band EQ & Feedback Control

Each channel incorporates their own active LO & HI (bass & treble) controls designed for natural sounding, powerful tone shaping. Channels 1 and 2 also feature MID Parametric EQs with a frequency sweep control thatís most effective for acoustic instruments. The boost/cut level controls permit broad mid shaping. The powerful cutting ability of the MID Parametric EQ extends control over acoustic feedback by using the sweepable FREQ filter.

Dual Effects plus Effect Loop

The onboard dual DSPs offer lush effects for each channel featuring echo delay, reverb and chorus. Each channel has its own two-way level control allowing you to select Effect 1 or 2. The Master Effect 1 & 2 controls select the effect type, adjust time, decay, regeneration and speed settings with separate level controls for blending effects 1 & 2 into the overall mix. The FS22 footswitch jack allows you to switch either effect on and off remotely. The external Effect Loop SEND & RETURN jacks are an added feature for other outboard processors.

Direct Output & Tuner/Phones jack

For bigger stages your soundman will the love the DIRECT OUT with LEVEL control and XLR balanced output for connecting directly to the house PA or recording interface without having to mic the amp. The DIRECT OUT includes the EQs and EFFECTS LOOP and bypasses the MASTER LEVEL, enabling amp level changes on stage without affecting the XLR output. The TUNER/PHONES jack enables instrument tuning or personal monitoring with headphones on loud stages or for quiet practice.

Versatility

In addition to amplifying bass instruments, the AG300 also functions as a portable PA system thanks to its three-channel architecture, phantom-powered mic input, USB charging port and high power output. Sing and play guitar with backing tracks through one convenient amplifier with impressive power and tone.

Features

- Light weight, compact design
- 200w output (250w at 4 ohms)
- 3-way 12", 6.5" midrange and tweeter
- Designed for bass instruments
- 3 Channels: 2 Inst piezo/magnetic inputs, mic/inst inputs
- 1/8" jack Stereo input
- 3 balanced XLR inputs - one for each channel
- Hi-Z input switch
- Input gain switch
- True 48V phantom power (for condenser mics)
- Active LO & HI tone controls for each CH
- Parametric EQs on Channels 1 & 2
- Resonant-style midrange filter for feedback control
- Parametric EQ deep cut allows control over acoustic feedback
- Dual DSP - echo, reverb & chorus
- Effects 1 or 2 for each CH, optional FS22 footswitch controlled
- Master Level controls the overall level, excludes Direct Out
- Master Effects Loop
- DI Direct Out XLR with level control
- Tuner/Headphone output
- External Speaker jack for 8 ohm load
- Pole mount for commercially available speaker stands
- Exclusive "lock-in" AC cord prevents accidental disconnect
- Designed and manufactured by Carvin in the USA

http://www.musicgoround.com/ProductImages/0406931_0.jpeg

http://www.carvinguitars.com/images/ag-series.jpg

sam13
03-14-2015, 09:54 AM
Just off the top of my head. I find it lighter, sounds great, ability to run it off batteries, easier to modify voice and ukulele sounds,and has a looper. I am really happy with mine. Hope that helps.

Great stuff Newportiocal. Thanks for the brief comparison.

sam13
03-14-2015, 09:54 AM
This looks pretty sweet. I wonder if it is still great quality despite the manufacturing move ...

fongie
03-14-2015, 10:22 AM
I've owned and played many acoustic amps in my time. The loudbox mini is lovely and makes a great practice amp, so is the Genz Benz 80.

I currently own and use a SA220, but my favourite and hopefully I get to unite with again is the Bose L1 madel11. A wonderful amp.

sam13
03-15-2015, 05:19 PM
Thanks for all of your thoughts and suggestions. Will research all of them.

sam13
03-16-2015, 04:40 PM
I've owned and played many acoustic amps in my time. The loudbox mini is lovely and makes a great practice amp, so is the Genz Benz 80.

I currently own and use a SA220, but my favourite and hopefully I get to unite with again is the Bose L1 madel11. A wonderful amp.

I might be able to pick up a used SA220 for a very reasonable price ... what has your experience with it been like?

ricdoug
03-18-2015, 10:23 PM
This looks pretty sweet. I wonder if it is still great quality despite the manufacturing move ...

If you're talking about Carvin, all their manufacturing remains in San Diego. Peavey is the company that moved their manufacturing overseas. Ric

UkeTX
03-28-2015, 11:27 AM
I have a question about my Roland AC-33 amp. When I plug in my ipod and plug in my ukulele simultaneously, I don't have separate control of the volume of each. For example, I want to turn the volume up on my ukulele and turn the volume down on my tracks on my ipod...does this amp have that capability? (And yes, I am an extreme novice when it comes to amps!)

Kayak Jim
03-28-2015, 11:49 AM
I have a question about my Roland AC-33 amp. When I plug in my ipod and plug in my ukulele simultaneously, I don't have separate control of the volume of each. For example, I want to turn the volume up on my ukulele and turn the volume down on my tracks on my ipod...does this amp have that capability? (And yes, I am an extreme novice when it comes to amps!)

There's a level control for the aux in right next to where you connect the ipod.