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Recording Hartke bass amp/fan noise
Old 7th September 2011
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Recording Hartke bass amp/fan noise

I'm thinking about getting a new bass amp and doing some mic'd recordings. I want a Hartke because I had one once before and loved it, and its the exact sound I want. However, it has a noisy fan in the back (like a small computer fan). When I had it before I only played it live and the sound of the music covered it up to my ears and wasnt really a problem. And when I recorded with it I always ran it direct, not mic'd. But now that I want to get one and mic it, I'm little concerned that the mic will pick up the fan noise and mess up any recording possibilities. I plan to use it for other things too, like keys and drums. So a little noise on 1 bass track might be ok, but if its on every track, build up would be a problem.

I just wondered if anyone has experience miking this amp or any amp with fan noise, and what you did to get around it.

I'm thinking the obvious solution would be to just run a really long cable and move the amp head far away from the speaker. The amp I'm looking at is a combo though and I don;t really want to have to take it apart.

Any ideas? Thanks
Old 7th September 2011
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If the amp is separate from the speaker cabinet, then you can move it away from the speaker cabinet, like you said

That said, I doubt you will pick up any fan noise due to the nature of the bass frequencies overshadowing it. But there's is only one way to find out and that's to try it.
Old 7th September 2011
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Thanks, yeah, just wondering if someone else tried it first before I decide to buy it. Thats good to know about the bass freq, I'm hoping to use it for drum machines and keys too, so will be recording some highs too.

Its got a great 10 band EQ and high pass filter so it surprisingly gets really good highs out of it, being a bass amp. Plus the aluminum cone speaker seems to help brighten the sound which makes the higher freq instr sound good through it. Great amp, I'm probably going to get it anyway because it can still be very useful recording direct through the tube amp, but hope to be able to do some mic'd recordings too.
Old 8th September 2011
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Yep. I have that exact same head along with the Hartke 4x8 and sub, and I love the combination. The fan isn't an issue, especially since it can be drowned out by turning up the cabs.

Incidentally, I got the whole rig for $300 on Craigslist. Steal.

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Old 8th September 2011
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Originally Posted by KenRutkowski View Post
Yep. I have that exact same head along with the Hartke 4x8 and sub, and I love the combination. The fan isn't an issue, especially since it can be drowned out by turning up the cabs.

Incidentally, I got the whole rig for $300 on Craigslist. Steal.

Ken R
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cool, good to hear, thx. Which model head do you have? I'm looking at the ha2000 and it comes with a 15" alum cone cab. The one I used to have was the ha5000 and had the 4x10 cab, no sub though.

Have you ever run yours with just the sub, w/o the 4x8? I'm wondering what kind of sound I can expect through just one 15, and if it'll be muddy at all.
Old 9th September 2011
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Mine is the 2000, and I haven't run it with just the sub, although it sounds amazing with just the 4x8 cab. I would say that it may not be muddy with just the sub, but probably will lack high end definition and attack. Similar, yes, but different than muddy.

Ken R
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