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Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby forumuser641699 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:10 pm

Any recommendations for a small amp/sub that can deliver a nice thud from a foot stomp?
Even better if there's a battery-powered option but the smaller/lighter the better.
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Re: Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby MarkPAman » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:18 pm

What does it have to compete with in terms of volume?
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Re: Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby forumuser641699 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:24 pm

Acoustic instruments mainly/Fishman loudbox.
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Re: Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:44 pm

A small bass guitar combo would probably be the most economic solution, what is the stomp box? I have a couple of home built ones, one has a piezo sensor and the other (well actually two now) a more sophisticated design with a guitar pickup and flat metal bar creating the signal. The latter works well with much less eq required than the piezo based one and can be plugged straight into a bass amp. Happy to post designs if required, it's an easy DIY job.
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Re: Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby forumuser641699 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Thanks, Sam, yes I'd love to see your designs, that sounds very interesting. Mine is just a piezo in a woodblock I got off ebay, it's not bad but like you say it needs a lot of EQ to sound good. Also, I tend to sit when I play and I've yet to find a stomp that doesn't keep moving away from my foot and needs pulling back into place between numbers. I was thinking of making one out of a big heavy butcher's block.
Would you know what frequency stomps operate at in thud/bass mode so I can check on Bass amp ranges?
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Re: Small amp/sub for Foot Stomp

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:18 pm

I'll try to get a pic of the prototype next week (the drummer has it at present) and explain how it works.

For a piezo stomper I have a huge boost at 50 Hz and a huge cut above 500 Hz. The mag pickup design works quite well with no eq but, obviously, better with some 'fine
tuning'.
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