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UkeKiddinMe
03-17-2013, 04:38 AM
I'm sorry if this has been discussed before. I tried to search first, but the search makes it very hard to find a word like VOX.

Anyone try the VOX Mini amp with a ukulele? Comments?

kissing
03-17-2013, 04:52 AM
It's an electric guitar amp, so it's not the best choice if you want a pure, acoustic ukulele tone.
But on some settings, it should be clean enough to come close.
And you have a wide selection of various effects built-in which would result in some interesting "electric" tones.

If you want a cleaner, more natural tone - better to stick with acoustic amps.. or even bass amps.

Trinimon
03-17-2013, 05:18 AM
Ditto Kissing's comments. I have a VOX Mini and it's nice for just plunking around or busking but if you want clean sounds that's closer to your uke, spend the extra on an acoustic amp.

bazmaz
03-17-2013, 05:36 AM
Agreed. Nothing wrong with them per se - they are a lot of fun, as are Roland Micros, but depends what you want. I prefer mine through a Marshall acoustic amp, or through a Baggs acoustic box into our mixer.

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 07:42 AM
I get nice, clean acoustic sound from my Vox Mini3 when I use an active D.I. box with it. I've made some good tips busking with mine. Ric

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?74603-Behringer-ADI21-active-DI-preamp

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Mini3Busking.jpg

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

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

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 07:51 AM
For the same money as a Vox Mini3, you can get a Kustom Powerwerks PW50 P.A. System:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA501.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA502.jpg

It shows a list price of $159 bucks, but they sell them for $99 bucks:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA503.jpg[img]

Check out the reviews:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Kustom-PW50-Personal-PA-System-106388085-i1934071.gc

http://powerwerks.com/pages/PA-Systems-8.aspx

http://powerwerks.com/ContentHandler.ashx?ID=87 Owners manual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZk33_3GmE4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL-RzN98VT0

http://www.youtube.com/user/GenoKreis?blend=5&ob=5#p/u/0/0xIY65YWEi0

The frontal shows the two 4.5” drivers and the high frequency horn:

[img]http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA504.jpg

You can also note the rugged construction and the protective steel speaker grill. In addition, each corner is protected.

UkeKiddinMe
03-17-2013, 07:56 AM
I get nice, clean acoustic sound from my Vox Mini3 when I use an active D.I. box with it. I've made some good tips busking with mine. Ric

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?74603-Behringer-ADI21-active-DI-preamp

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Mini3Busking.jpg



Excellent.
There's a Mini 5 about to hit the streets.

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 07:59 AM
The rear view shows the three channels, controls, inputs and outputs. I was asked if the XLR and ¼” inputs could be used at the same time, so I plugged a microphone and instrument into both jacks on both channels. All can be used at the same time:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA505.jpg

One of the long sides has a carrying handle and the other side has four rubber feet:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA506.jpg

The bottom has a speaker stand adaptor and four rubber feet:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/KustomPA507.jpg

Here it is shown mounted on an OnStage speaker stand:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/KustomPA508.jpg


I liked the first one enough to purchase a second one. I almost always have one loaned out. Hula halau’s like to use a microphone for announcing and an MPR/CD player for their music when musicians are not available. There are no effects onboard, but I generally prefer to use my systems “dry” - without effects.

I now own six of them. One pair stays in a club in San Clemente, where we have a weekly Sunday kanikapila. Ric

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 08:09 AM
Excellent.
There's a Mini 5 about to hit the streets.

The Emerson M193 headset microphone works great in the microphone channel of the Mini3 and you don't need to buy a microphone stand or cable:

http://www.frys.com/product/6460952?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/VoxBatteryAmps6.jpg

The Big Kahuna
03-17-2013, 08:12 AM
http://www.google.co.uk/cse?cx=006086160372685481724%3Ay43bmh-bwgc&ie=UTF-8&q=vox+mini+amp&sa=Search&siteurl=www.google.co.uk%2Fcse%2Fhome%3Fcx%3D00608 6160372685481724%3Ay43bmh-bwgc&ref=&ss=2847j892833j12#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=vox%20mini%20amp&gsc.page=1

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 11:48 AM
It's an electric guitar amp, so it's not the best choice if you want a pure, acoustic ukulele tone.
But on some settings, it should be clean enough to come close.
And you have a wide selection of various effects built-in which would result in some interesting "electric" tones.

If you want a cleaner, more natural tone - better to stick with acoustic amps.. or even bass amps.

The Mini3 has a clean setting, designed for acoustic electric instruments and keyboards:

http://www.voxamps.com/us/mini3/mini3/

"• A new non-distorting clean model – ideal for acoustic-electric instruments and keyboards"

I find this setting to sound similar to the Acoustic setting on my Roland MicroCube's. Ric

cantsing
03-17-2013, 03:37 PM
The Mini3 has a clean setting, designed for acoustic electric instruments and keyboards:

http://www.voxamps.com/us/mini3/mini3/

"• A new non-distorting clean model – ideal for acoustic-electric instruments and keyboards"

I find this setting to sound similar to the Acoustic setting on my Roland MicroCube's. Ric

Ric, sorry to be dense, but just to clarify: in your opinion, does the use of the active D.I. box preamp you mentioned above improve the acoustic sound for both the Mini3 (using the clean setting) and the Roland MicroCube (using the Acoustic setting)?

ricdoug
03-17-2013, 06:35 PM
Absolutely, cantsing. An active parametric EQ Direct Input box gives you more control over the shape of the sound with both active and passive pickups. With passive pickups it also corrects the impedance mismatch that normally gives them a squawky sound, known as piezo bark. http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?74603-Behringer-ADI21-active-DI-preamp

cantsing
03-18-2013, 03:02 AM
Got it, Ric. Thank you!

teruterubouzu
03-18-2013, 03:08 AM
Thanks for the recommendations in this thread!

I just ordered the Vox Mini3 for my new k-wave LP-style uke and I think my partner in crime is getting the Kustom Powerwerks PW50 P.A. for his place.

Sporin
03-18-2013, 03:48 AM
A smaller amp is on my list of wants as I hate lugging my big one around but often wish for some amplification at jams otherwise I can't even hear myself over all the guitars.

ricdoug
03-18-2013, 03:43 PM
Thanks for the recommendations in this thread!

I just ordered the Vox Mini3 for my new k-wave LP-style uke and I think my partner in crime is getting the Kustom Powerwerks PW50 P.A. for his place.

You will both be happy :-)