Dr Bonkers Bass Cab Classics Volume 8: WMAN 1+2 1X12 Bass Cabinet IR Collection
Dr Bonkers presents the Dr Bonkers Bass Cab Classics™ Volume 8: WMAN 1+2 Bass Cabinet IR Collection based upon a the following two cabinets useful for guitar and bass:
WMAN1: Based upon a 1995 Pre-Fender® SWR® Workingman’s 12 Combo™ 1X12 plus tweeter Bass Amp Cabinet loaded with the original 1X12 Celestion® K12T-200™ proprietary speaker and SWR® tweeter.
WMAN2: Based upon a 2003 Fender®-era SWR® Workingman’s 12 Combo™ 1X12 plus tweeter Bass Amp Cabinet loaded with the original 1X12 Fender® unlabeled proprietary speaker and SWR® tweeter.
Dr Bonkers impulse response file tribute to this cab is featured in both Fractal Audio Systems® file format, WAV format, and a buy both bundle. Pull down on the menu below to see details on each.
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Guitar and bass demos using both of these cabinet impulse response (IR) files:.
All tabbed information is for both WAV and Fractal Syx format Cab IR Packs unless otherwise noted.
WAV version is available for immediate purchase. Fractal Syx version is available for immediate purchase. Combo is available for immediate purchase.
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Inspired Model Recorded as Impulse Response (IR) Files:
WMAN1: Based upon a 1995 Pre-Fender® SWR® Workingman’s 12 Combo™ 1 X 12 plus tweeter Bass Amp Cabinet.
WMAN2: Based upon a 2003 Fender®-era SWR® Workingman’s 12 Combo™ 1 X 12 plus tweeter Bass Amp Cabinet.
Speakers Loaded in Model Captured:
WMAN1: the original 1X12 Celestion® K12T-200™ proprietary speaker and SWR® tweeter that was used by guitarists and bassists.
WMAN2: the original 1X12 Fender® unlabeled proprietary speaker and SWR® tweeter that was used by guitarists and bassists.
Microphones Used in This Cab Impulse Response (IR) Cab Pack:
AKG C414 XLS
AKG 451 EB
AKG D-12vr (used in passive mode)
Audio Technica AT4033
Blue Electronics “The Ball” (used in “active mode”)
David Bock Audio – Soundelux U97
Sennheiser MD 421 II
Sennheiser MD 441
Photo of Celestion® K12T-200™ 12 inch Speaker for Guitar and Bass
Photo of Fender® unlabeled proprietary 12 inch Speaker for Guitar and Bass
When new, these classic amps were hand selected and demoed by Rufus Reid (in the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s) to replace the William Paterson University of NJ Jazz Studies program’s old Polytone® 102™ amps that were used for both bass and guitar. The guitar and bass students heavily use these amp cabinets day in and day out during the semester for practice, classes, juries, performances, and recordings. Many thanks to the program for their generosity and trust in allowing me, a Recording Arts alumni, to capture these amps in all their broken in magnificence.
The small closed back rear ported cabinet is relatively portable, deadened with what looks to be polyfill insulation, but the combo sounds pretty stark and revealing- tone balanced at lower volumes and with a bit of a bite at louder volumes, like a slightly brighter version of a Polytone® amp. The speaker design is way over-engineered for strictly guitar use, as it doesn’t bottom out or fart like most guitar speakers when you try to play bass guitar through them at gig volume. But the SWR® also doesn’t sound like a blanket is over the speaker when playing guitar through it, unlike some prominent bass speakers sound when playing guitar through them.
Impulse responses made with these cabs can really sound great with many different types of digital amp models using clean or light gain, even bass amp models.The cabinets are capable of focused, compelling recorded guitar or bass tones that range from Gospel or P+W, cleaner modern/retro-rock, to fusion or jazz, or even traditional country. The cabinet loves clean tones as well as mild edge of break-up distortion.
The tweeters in each set of cab captures were isolated from the woofer electrically to allow the user to select cab mixes either with or without a tweeter. If you purchase the Combo pack or Wave file pack, you will also be able to create your own cab mixes with the proper impulse response (IR) speaker file mixing software (IR mixing software NOT included in this pack of course!), so that you may control the amount of tweeter or swap different era tweeters, which have subtly different sounds to them.
Wav & Combo Pack File Compatibility Info
Please check the documentation of your Yamaha® THR-100™, Kemper® KPA™ (Kemper Profiler Amp), Line 6® Helix™, Boss® GT-1000™, Two Notes® Torpedo™, Atomic Amps® Amplifire™, NuX® Cerberus™, AMT® Pangaea CP-100™, Positive Grid® Bias™, or other hardware or software based Impulse Response (IR) loader to see which WAV file format is correct to use.
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