At the moment i am really happy with my practice setup via headphones. But sometimes i want to practice in my small space with an amp AND music playing or lessons playing. And sometimes my nephew may come over to play guitar with me. This is a small area, like a bedroom. So nothing booming, just enough for us to jam around together or for me to practice “out loud” instead of headphones.
The two options i was looking at were the following:
1 small bass amp
1 small something else amp that can play computer/phone audio or a guitar
(i may be mistaken but i had heard you should not put music/drums thru a bass amp???)
Get a DI pedal for my bass and one for his guitar and use a small PA speaker for all sounds.
That DBR10 is probably perfect. I can always get a mixer later if needed. I imagine my 2 channel audio interface im using now as a headphone mixer would be fed into one of those 2 channels to give me one more for music if needed.
I think I gave bad info on the DBR10. The inputs don’t take instrument level input. So, I think you would have to have the mixer.
Let me call for help from folks more knowledgable than I am.
@DaveT or @howard could you guys take a look at this thread and my suggestion about using the Yamaha DBR10. I saw the inputs and was thinking it would take a bass/guitar directly. Now, I’m thinking it will have to go through a mixer.
That works. You can use the headphone out to feed the line in on the PA.
Maybe try connecting it to USB power only to see if it still runs without the PC attached for when you aren’t also needing music and want to be mobile. My Roland Octacapture runs as a standalone mixer without the PC being on just fine.
I needed something really small for practising whilst I’m in Chamonix for three months. I came out by car and I have to bring all my office computer kit (monitor to give twin screens with my laptop), all my skiing gear (4 sets of skis and servicing kit), plus clothes etc. and my 2 basses (acoustic and electric). All of which doesn’t leave an awful lot of room in the car, or in the mini chalet I’m staying in; a single room around 4mx5m including kitchen area with an elevated sleeping platform thing. So not a huge amount of space. I decided the amp just couldn’t come!
So I have a Zoom B3n (around £175) which includes several preamps but any pre amp would do, and this is then plugged into a pair of Eris 4.5 studio speakers (around £90). The provides a perfectly adequate sound for practising in a small space, allows me to plug in the computer for online music or backing track, or an mp3 player. Perfect for such a small space and didn’t cost a fortune.
And even then if I’m worried about disturbing anyone I can plug the headphones in instead of the studio speakers.
Note that both sender and receiver need to support APTX LL! So you might end up buying two devices…
It has the least latency, but I found it still noticeable, so I ended up using this: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0B9W5S4N8
This has almost no latency and almost sounds like a direct connection.
I did not have any issues with distortions but I have the feeling that there is a little less bass. Still it’s the most usable / cheap solution when you don’t want line cables…
@HighlandBass : Ever considered the Positive Grid Spark Mini (or Spark Go)?
I have both and they can do everything you described.
Don’t expect great bass with the Spark Go, but it was sufficient for noodling around on my vacation in the Provence last year, sitting on a sunny terrace or in a Café.
The Spark Mini has better bass, so you can also use it for sofa playing…
For travelling, I select Go vs MIni based ony available weight and space…
The thing about this arrangement is that it’s perfectly suitable for listening to music from my computer/mp3 player in stereo as well as playing the bass. Any bass amp is naturally just going to be mono. There is the added advantage that the Zoom has amp emulators and the one I’m using is close enough to my amp back home.