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#2856192 - 05/19/17 03:26 PM Stereo preamp
doctorpong Offline
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I am thinking of getting a stereo preamp for my SK1-73 to (1) warming up the output and (2) being able to dial in some gain, especially at end of Blues Jam evening to compete with stupid-loud guitars (I'm plugged into FOH). Any ideas?

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#2856199 - 05/19/17 04:06 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: doctorpong]
doctorpong Offline
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Actually probably preamp is not correct, a stereo mixer is probably what I am looking for.

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#2856203 - 05/19/17 04:55 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: doctorpong]
NosPup Offline
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I use the radial j+4 and it works well for me. A mixer would be fine too.

http://www.radialeng.com/j4.php

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#2856205 - 05/19/17 05:15 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: NosPup]
cphollis Offline
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Overdrivng FOH will only get you so far. Maybe bring a few thousand watts of personal amplification? That's my normal response to over-loud guitarists -- make their ears hurt for a while until they get the message.

"Gee, am I too loud? I couldn't hear myself over your ferocious noise, so I just turned up a bit. Maybe if you turned down?"
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#2856256 - 05/19/17 08:46 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: NosPup]
doctorpong Offline
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Great suggestion, thanks much

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#2856258 - 05/19/17 08:48 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: doctorpong]
doctorpong Offline
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Yeah, I have SS XL on order but will sometimes have to play through FOH. The J+4 looks very interesting.

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#2856267 - 05/19/17 09:39 PM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: doctorpong]
mate stubb Offline
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The new Radial Key-Largo looks killer - I've got mine on order.
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#2856279 - 05/20/17 01:16 AM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: mate stubb]
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You want a Key Largo. Just back from my gig with mine.

Very nice piece of kit.
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#2856308 - 05/20/17 07:11 AM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: timwat]
keyguy Offline
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Originally Posted By: timwat
You want a Key Largo. Just back from my gig with mine.

Very nice piece of kit.

Hi Tim,

Where do you mount this?

Also, what is the purpose of the USB port, and why would you want to connect it to a laptop?

Looks very nice, and I like nice...
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#2856332 - 05/20/17 09:57 AM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: keyguy]
timwat Offline
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Jim,

Right now, I place the KL on the RH blank panel of my Kronos 73. It's heavy enough that all the cabling isn't going to pull it or tilt it (solid weighty piece, like Radial's DIs).

This also makes volume adjustments as simple as reaching for a knob on the Kronos front panel....the answer to "I need that little push over the edge" (Spinal Tap reference).

The KL's computer interface seems really well thought out too (for MainStage, at least). One USB cord from laptop to KL, one standard MIDI cord from your controller to KL - bang - you have MainStage operating as another KB input to the KL with its own dedicated volume control.

I haven't used it yet, as I moved away from software live a long time ago...but I may try it again now that the cabling issues have been neatly consolidated.

Tim
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#2856350 - 05/20/17 11:21 AM Re: Stereo preamp [Re: cphollis]
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Originally Posted By: cphollis
Overdrivng FOH will only get you so far. Maybe bring a few thousand watts of personal amplification? That's my normal response to over-loud guitarists -- make their ears hurt for a while until they get the message.

"Gee, am I too loud? I couldn't hear myself over your ferocious noise, so I just turned up a bit. Maybe if you turned down?"


Here's a corollary:

Have you ever know ANYONE, including yourself, who (when asked by the sound man during sound check), to play at your loudest... ever does?

The answer: nobody. Everybody wants the ability to turn up when the pack starts to howl.

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