NEW Ampeg Rocket Bass Combo Amps!

Put a BDI21 pre amp in the effect loop to make it sound more like a Fender? :thinking:

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Ideally the master volume will only control the output to the speakers, post-preamp and DI. On these amps and the Rumbles, the master volume controls both the DI volume and the speaker volume, which is really unfortunate for both live and studio use.

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Or just turn mids all the way down and then lose the knob

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:rofl:

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or a graphic EQ pedal

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So is there a reason they’d do this? Presumably it’s not an issue as long as you don’t touch the volume after the DI setup is complete?

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Live it means you cannot adjust your stage monitor volume without the sound guy wanting to yell at you. Recording it means you cannot turn up your DI out without your neighbors wanting to yell at you.

But hey, maybe it saved a couple dollars?

Regardless it is universally bad AFAICT

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Maybe they are saving more bells and whistles for some other series they are planning…

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Where does it say that the DI is coming after the volume control?

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Good question. @eric.kiser mentioned it in the OP.

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Hmm. Listening to the sound samples, they do not sound very classic Ampeg to me. Or at least not like a SVT or a B-15.

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“Balanced DI Out: Feeds the Post EQ, Post Volume, Post FX Loop signal to an external power amplifier, mixer, or recording setup (RB-110, RB-112, RB-115, and RB-210 only).”

Manual here: https://ampeg.com/data/6/0a020a41a2a66061f8c6749ba/application/pdf/Quick%20Start%20Guide%20-%20English%20.pdf

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Thanks! I couldn’t find it when I looked in manuals (said the manual isn’t available for the rocket amp).

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So weird. Why not just give the DI its own volume knob on the back.

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Yeah, I had the same issue. Someone else gave me that link. No idea how they acquired it. :slightly_smiling_face:

Just the Quick Start though, not the full manual.

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I fear that the era of amps with a big personnality is going to be over. now that’s just random asian-made/american-branded/high-power/low-price/low-weight amps, which is actually great already.

… I’m happy we still have good preamps :grin:

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yeah i think people are doing it with the preamp or modelers.

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Amp sims are so good now, yeah.

And frankly this just pushes me farther into the PA/frfr camp if I ever need amp again.

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frfr?

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Full range flat response. Basically, a PA monitor with no color of its own.

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