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Wimbish

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Hey, long time...

I just wanted to give you an inside about what I have been recording with my MB1 preamp:

The tubes deliver a real nice aggressive tone, which I dig. This is my bass/drum experimental rock band. I play a 6-string fretless:
https://soundcloud.com/user-368691242
( I am using an BOSS OD3 for the heavy distortion)

Now I am considering implementing an MP2-preamp for the guitar-like distortion sounds, equalizing and other effects. Any thoughts on this?
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Didn't Les Claypool used an (modified) MP-2?
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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^ seems like it; this page: http://www.oocities.org/vidya679/Music_Bassists_Les_Claypool.html refers to Todd having modded an mp-2 for him.

https://www.basoofka.net/sylwetka/2021,lester-claypool-primus/ refers the mp-2 as well - mmnn.. Polish (AFAICT) may not be everybody's strongest language, so just scroll down to the headline "LISTA SPRZĘTU" ;)

However, http://equipboard.com/pros/les-claypool/ada-mp-1-midi-programmable-tube-preamp refers to a modded mp-1, likewise referred elsewhere..


Also seems like he has good sense of humor:
[quote FluxFreak13 (on TalkBass)]..somebody had thrown a coconut (!) on the stage - Les waited until they finished playing the entire "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" and calmly asked if it's some sort of Londoner thing. Then asked the guy who did it to come backstage so that they can crack it open and enjoy it together :D[/quote]
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Hey Wimbish, when I first bought the Alembic SC Brown bass I tried it with MB-1 on neck PU and MP-2 on bridge PU, the SC has stereo out, well sort of, if you use a stereo lead (which I whipped up) and set the stereo switch on it outputs the 2 PUs on separate channels.

It worked fine, I used the cab sim outs from the MP-2, actually I did a post about it way back (http://adadepot.com/index.php?topic=1536.0).  And MikeB who heard it posted a comment on the tone.
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Hey Nolan,

thank you.

Yeah, splitting the signal sounds like a good plan. this gives you a lot of freedom by mixing the two sounds...
My idea was to use the MB1 as the preamp for my Hellborg power amp - with the tube on (giving a slight crunch) - and using the MP2 more as a multi effect device, controlled by a midi foot switch.

The Alembic Brown bass must be a beast. I would love to check this bass out. Is it an older model?
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Sounds like a good plan  :thumb-up: , you can also use a CC pedal to control aspects of the MB-1, I got my head around it a while ago and posted about how to do it http://adadepot.com/index.php?topic=1552.0 (although it's in the MB-1 manual).  IIRC you need to have the 2.05 MB-1 2.05 EPROM for CC.

I think the SC is the current model  :dunno: , I don't think Alembic changes the models much ?? I bought it in June 2016 (http://adadepot.com/index.php?topic=1473.45) from Bass Central in Florida US.  They are very good to deal with and have stock.  It's worth joining the Alembic forum (http://club.alembic.com/) as the members keep their eyes out for 2nd hand instruments.
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Wow. That opens a lot of options... But somehow I cannot even get the MC1 with my MB1 running. They just don't find each other. The MC1 is fine though....
And I just need that extra guitar-like distortion of an MP2

Anyhow i need to try more things first and then decide how to proceed...

A happy new year to everyone
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Re: The MB1 delivers some aweome crunch and grid
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Have a read of the MB-1 manual, it has a couple of different operating modes (may be the issue ?), it also has 256 user presets (why you'd need that many  :dunno: ) and the MC1 of course only addresses 1 - 128.

The MP-2 opens up a bunch of possibilities, like wah, tremolo, etc as well as the 10 voices.  When I tested it I turned the wah on, interesting sounds.
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