Separating the ‘P’s from the ‘J’s… Basses that is.

We often talk about P-basses, J-basses and even PJ basses.

These refer to the iconic bass models that were created by Leo Fender – the father of the modern electric bass. Here is a short history of them, outlining their characteristics.

The Precision Bass was first introduced in 1951 and the Jazz Bass came out in 1960. Till today, the Precision and Jazz Bass (or P and J Bass) designs are the most common in the market. So how do you tell your Ps from your Js?


PBass

 

The standard P-bass can most easily be identified by the split coil pick-ups located near the neck.

These offset pick-ups (one under the E and A string and the other under the D and G string) are humbucking (i.e. they cancel out unwanted noise that individual pick-ups tend to… erm… pick up). Its body shape is similar to a Stratocaster and it has a single piece pickguard with a characteristic hook at the end. It only features two knobs, one for the volume and one for the tone. This is the zen of basses, stripped down to its essential function and form.


JBass

 

The J-bass was introduced as the deluxe bass model by Fender and had more bells and whistles than its older brother. This came in the form of a thinner neck compared to the P-bass (to provide better mobility to the player) and an offset body which mirrored that of the Fender Jazzmaster guitar. The J-bass also had two single coil pick-ups, one at the neck and the other closer to the bridge. The tones from these could be mixed together from the three control pots mounted on the control plate to provide a wider sonic pallet compared to the P-bass.

Both designs are bass classics and their staying power is testament to the vision
of Leo Fender who designed them. Of course, there are also variants such as PJ basses which combine the split coil neck pick-up with a single coil bridge pick-up, however, fundamentally, most basses draw their inspiration from one of these two designs.

And now you can tell your Ps from your Js.

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Why Do I Need a Mixer?

Why Do I Need a Mixer?

“I just need a microphone and speaker for my event. Why do I need a mixer?”

Sometimes, we get asked why a mixer is included in our Basic PA System or Standard PA System – especially when all the client wants is a microphone.

The mixer serves the essential purpose of controlling the microphone’s volume (or for any other inputs connected to the mixer). It allows you to raise or lower the volume of the microphone over the sound system as needed.

No doubt, the mixer can be used to do many other things as well, but its most basic function is as a volume control – to raise and lower the volume of the devices attached to it.

And, despite all the fiddly knobs there are on the mixer, the main fader or knob that controls the volume (or “level” in technical speak). If it is a fader, pushing it upwards raises the volume and bringing it down lowers the volume. If it is a knob, turning it clockwise raises the volume while turning it anti-clockwise lowers the volume.

We are sure that you’d agree that this is some that is useful for any sound system, and therefore, you will find a mixer included in our Basic PA and Standard PA Packages.

The Mixer's Faders are Used to Control Volumes
The Mixer’s Faders are Used to Control Volumes

Three Tips on Organising Music for Your Event

Event day is coming up. You want to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

What can you do to make sure your music is ready for your event? We look at three simple steps to getting your music ready for your event.

1. Appoint a person to be in charge of the music

Firstly, it is good practice to make one person responsible for the music playlist. If that is you, you will need to ensure all needed music is ready BEFORE the event starts. You should also be prepared to coordinate any last minute changes to the playlist (for example if a person wants to add a new song item or has a track in a different key).

2. Normalise your music

Next, not all music is created equal. Some audio tracks can be louder than others. One way to manage these different volumes is to use the mixer to adjust volumes “on the fly” as the music gets played. Alternatively, use a software to normalise the music beforehand, allowing all the music to be set to the same level. In this way, you will avoid music being blaringly loud on one track and super-soft on the next.

3. Order your playlist

If you have a number of items or performances taking place during your event that require music, you will want to order these audio tracks beforehand. What you should do is create a new folder on a computer and place all required audio tracks into a folder on a computer. After that, rename them “01-Name of Track One”, “02-Name of Track Two” and so-on, according to the sequence of the performances. This makes it easy for you to to play the tracks in the right sequence during the event.

There you have it – three simple and easy ways to organise music for your upcoming event.

Playing Music With a 3.5mm Audio Jack

3.5mm Jack

Nowadays, most music gets played from digital devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players (i.e. iPod or iPad), or laptops.

And what do you use with these 21st Century digital devices? A piece of equipment that traces its roots back to the 19th Century – the 3.5mm audio jack.

This little piece of audio gear is known by many names – mini jack, 3.5mm jack, headphone plug, 1/8″ jack, mini-stero jack and mini-TRS plug.

It can be most commonly found at the end of a pair of earphones where it is used to plug the earphones into a mobile phone or laptop.

If you are intending to play music from a laptop or MP3 player over a system provided by Music Warehouse, all you have to do is connect your device to our sound system through the 3.5mm jack we provide. This jack is provided with all our PA systems, from the Portable PA System to the Standard PA System.

Just be sure that your device has a 3.5mm headphone output socket!


Phone with 3.5mm Plug
Phone with 3.5mm Plug