I need to get a bass amp to keep at my place for quick impromptu jamming sessions with friends/family. I also occasionally play some minor basic bass myself when tracking compositions but currently have no amp so I normally DI it through my audio interface and send the signal through to my guitar amp which doesn't sound so great.
There's no drumming going on at my place (if there ever will be it will be an electronic kit since I would like to not be kicked out of a security complex), so the other "competing" (for volume) instruments that might be involved is:
- A guitar Rig (Marshall JVM410H) - sensibly used
- An Acoustic Guitar
- A Keyboard
- Drumming Loop (& sometimes other instruments) Backtrack through PA
- Acoustic Violin (Probably the Loudest of everything - or at least most cutting)
- Big ass grand piano
Sometimes only one/two of them, sometimes more.
Do you think the Roland Cube-20XL (http://www.roland.com/products/cube-20xl_bass/
) is a good idea for this? I am slightly concerned about volume since I've read somewhere people say the 20xl's volume is rather low but then I am not sure what they are trying to hear themselves over and how touched in the head their bandmates are. I like the features of it, it seems like a good choice to me.
- Small enough to chuck in the car if ever need to take somewhere else.
- Cheap enough for a guitarist to buy (read: a purchase for a non-primary instrument)
- It has DI so if it is too soft here I can always put it through the PA with it's dual subwoofer insanity setup
- It seems to have a massively flexible range of options as far as shaping tone is concerned
I will use this with a variety of different bass guitars (mostly a solidbody 5-string and a hollow-body 4 string violin bass).
I am not a bass player so can someone with a little more knowledge in this area perhaps make a suggestion or recommendation? Is there something else I should be look at rather instead or have I overlooked something here?