Reviewed: Ashdown Phone Box
The Ashdown Phone-Box is a working bass player’s product. Designed to sit between your head and cab, it can turn an amateur rig into a professional one with style and ease. The Phone Box is a personal “monitoring exchange system” that allows for extra routing without multiple units and cables.
Reviewed: Markbass Compressore Pedal
The Markbass Compressore is a state of the art bass compression pedal that allows you to control your gain, threshold, ratio, attack and release. It features true bypass to keep your signal nice and tight, as well as six standard compression control dials, an input jack, output jack, and a DC 12V power jack. It also comes with power adapters for every corner of the globe, so if you happen to make it big as a touring bassist, buying an adapter for your compressor is one less thing you’ll have to worry about.
Reviewed: TC Electronic SpectraDrive Bass Preamp Pedal
For an instrument with such limited impact on the length and breadth of the frequency spectrum, it never ceases to amaze me how much bass effects pedals hone in on the particulars of any given sound. I guess it stands to reason; essentially, the less you have to play with the more you have to focus on the toys in your toy box in order to have the same amount of fun as your more overstocked counterparts. In a way, the world of music would be a much less wild, muddy and confusing place if guitar players paid as much attention to the minutiae of tonality as bass players are forced to. If every six stringer’s first pedal was a ten-band EQ as opposed to a dirt box, imagine how much more creative they’d have to be to stand out in the throng. But I digress.
REVIEWED: EDEN TERRA NOVA MODULE BASS PREAMP PEDAL
Continuing on with the Terra Nova line and the ‘power, performance and portability’ mindset, the Terra Nova Module aims to drop the TN tones and sounds into a pedal format. These types of Preamp/DI pedals are becoming more and more common and can be super handy as a complete rig, recording tone shaper or addition to your pedal board.
Reviewed: Hartke Bass Attack 2
Being a bass player is a hell of a lot harder than most people would have you believe. The rigs are heavier, people unfairly write your parts off as easy or disposable, and you have to deal with your band mates’ wide variety of egos. On top of all that your particular frequency set is partially inaudible and what you can hear is "supposed to sit behind everything else", at least in the context of a standard rock band. Dialing in the narrowest of sweet spots under that set of circumstances is a mission, even if you can get the drummer to stop making sawdust for two seconds between songs. The sweetest relief for sub-focused sound-smiths comes in the form of a humble stompbox preamp like the Bass Attack 2 from Hartke.
GALLIEN KRUEGER PLEX BASS PREAMP
It is safe to say that bass players often get overlooked in the world of effects pedals and this probably has a lot to do with the fact that they don’t try to hide behind a wall of effects to improve their sound. But, at the same time, there is always going to be some good use for a pedal that brings a little extra life into a live performance or studio session, and that is what Gallien-Krueger have aimed to deliver with the Plex preamp pedal. It is the ideal offering for the player who wants some additional tonal character and control without totally changing their sound. When you want that extra push to bring your instrument forward in the mix, or some added subtlety to keep it casual, the Plex will help to find you place in the sound and make your instrument sound its best.