question for rocktron banshee users

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  1. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    i tried one the other day at rehearsal and had a couple of set up questions. when using the "to amp" output the signal is cut off from your amp when the effect is engaged, right? how do you all get around the stage volume drop? do you use a sep. speaker cab for the "speaker" output of the banshee? thanks, craig
     
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    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    The speaker outlet on the Banshee is a courtesy outlet. It's used when you want to connect a speaker and use the Banshee like a preamp for practice or something like that. It is not meant to be connected at the same time you're using the tube.

    You have to run the Banshee tube up a mic stand, and feed the mic to a separate amp or PA input. I use a dbx Graphic EQ on my mic line, so I can boost the upper mids and avoid the Banshee's fizzy top end. I also like to boost it with an overdrive for more warmth and body.

    By the way, DO NOT connect the Banshee's speaker out to a regular guitar amp input! I did this by accident the other day, and it was only a few seconds before I realized my mistake so I did no harm. But, I could have really done some damage to the amp! It did, however, yield the best sound ever from this Banshee, wouldn't you know!?!
     
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    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    thanks, i noticed the fizzy banshee top end too. seems to work o.k. and kind of an attention grabber for the crowd.
     
  4. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    any mic better than the others for this unit? i used an akg vocal mic last friday and it really did not pick up well. maybe something more open like an sm57? thanks, craig
     
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    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    I use an SM57, with the windscreen attachment. In addition to preventing breath pops, the windscreen helps to absorb excess spit too!
     
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    I used to split the signal to the Banshee so I retained the signal from my amp. Made for a very fat tone. The guitar from the stage and the Banshee from the PA. I was Joe Perry with Whitford playing behind me. :dude
     
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    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    great idea. what did you use to split the signal? thanks
     
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    Hey guys,

    I own the Rocktron Banshee talk box and use the same setup as cvansickle. The windscreen is effective especially to prevent getting shocked from touching your lips on the microphone. I run the "to amp" output to the input on my pedalboard or straight to my amp. The speaker out as mentioned before is a speaker output for the built in 5 watt amp. It allows the player to hook up a guitar cabinet to the Banshee and use it as a small practice amp. I hope you guys know that the driver inside the Banshee talk box is an ElectroVoice driver. Very sturdy piece of equipment!!!

    Guitar George
     
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    At the time I was using a VHT Valvulator that had the aux output. I split it right at the start of the signal. I'm sure there's something else out there that will do the same thing.
     
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    DAMN! I never thought about that! Thanks for the suggestion.

    I have a Valvulator, and was using the second out for my tuner. I just built myself a special A/B pedal that will allow for silent tuning, so now the Valvulator's second output is available.
     

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