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Username: ttwatts

Post Number: 2
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Doe's anyone use Wireless with their Alembic? If so, what kind and how does it perform?

Username: wideload

Post Number: 90
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 2:45 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Shure UT wireless in my rack, and I use it when I need to, or just want to wander (drives the drummer crazy!). I haven't had trouble with frequency response, but everything goes to FOH and in-ear monitors. I know Mica recommends a 100' cord over any wireless, however!

Username: beelee

Post Number: 81
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 3:23 pm:   Edit Post

Hi TT,
I'm not a big fan of using a wireless, and prefer to use a wire, but its nice not to be tied down and to walk around the club/ go out in the crowd once in a while.
I have the Samson Airline bass wireless, I used it on 8/28 at BB Kings in NYC, with no problems at all, I walked all over the place during my show, tho I wasn't playing my Alembic cause a majority of what I was playing required a 6 str bass, I was using my Tobias ( pre-Gibson) Basic 6 and my Modulus fretless 7 str, it worked very well with both, I'd like to try it next show with my Exploiter and Series I........ we'll see.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 622
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 3:58 pm:   Edit Post

I've been using a Nady 201 with my guitars for about 20 years. I love it. No tangled cords, no surprises when I get too close to the mike. The sound seems to be the equal of a cord, at least I haven't noticed any significant difference. Last year I bought one of those bug systems just because I figured mine was pretty old and the technology must have improved in the past 20 years. WRONG! The sound using the bug was not as good as the Nady or a cord. Also the bug looked like it wouldn't hold up for 20 weeks, let alone 20 years! You can get the old 201s on ebay for $50-75. Just please stay away from channel A - I'm keeping my eye out for a backup for the channel A I already have.

Bill, tgo
Intermediate Member
Username: mattheus

Post Number: 129
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post

I've used several wireless systems from brands as Sennheisser, Rexer, Mipro and so on. The advantages are wellknown; no more cables, freedom onstage etc.
But there is a little disadvantage; You can hear it!! All the wireless systems I've played with did something with the sound. Some compressed the sound a tiny bit, some gave a little high boost and a little bass-cut... there was always something! Perhaps not much, but the difference was clear (for me). It also depends on your sound and your playing style.
So if you're looking for a wireless system, then try these things first!!!
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1024
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 6:36 am:   Edit Post

I'm with Mica: Cords are a pain, but they don't suffer from RF problems and they do sound best.
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 460
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

My experience parallels Mattheus' in every respect. While I love the concept of wireless, it does nothing but p*ss me off everytime I try it...
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Username: son_of_magni

Post Number: 203
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 2:56 pm:   Edit Post

I love my Shure wireless. Mica may smack me for saying this but a good wireless system will degrade the signal less than any 20 foot cord.
Intermediate Member
Username: mattheus

Post Number: 130
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2005 - 2:38 am:   Edit Post

To be honest; I also use a wireless system...
My band plays with a big PA system and it's difficult to hear the difference between a 'corded bass' and a 'wireless bass'. When you play through your own high end backline the difference will be much more noticable.

Another point to look at when you decide to use wireless systems is RF interference. Tiny little radio/microwaves can disturb your signal.. even can get into your electronics of your bass. Fortunately Alembic has a great way of keeping these mean microwaves out of your basses, but there are other basses that don't have that.
And with cheap wireless system you should not be suprised to suddenly hear a cab-driver who is in front of the place you're playing, speak to his boss....
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 453
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2005 - 5:09 am:   Edit Post

I sometimes use a Shure Access diversity system. I haven't had problems with it, but it's not a permanent fixture in my setup either.

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