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 BASS PRE WITH OVERDRIVE
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 stomp-box pre-amp 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.
Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Pedal
Seriously hitting the low-end market with a bang, Darkglass Electronics has gone from some initial ideas to running a serious line of pedals.
Ultimate Pedal Effects Special: Acoustic and Bass Pedals
Why is it that electric guitarists have all the fun when it comes to pedals? We see thousands of pedals in the market that are designed for them, with bassists and acoustic guitarists left scratching their head wondering why they are left in the dark. Well we have been digging to find pedals that are designed specifically for the bass or acoustic guitarists! Here are our top picks.
ZVEX Woolly Mammoth Fuzz
Coming from the mad tone scientists down at ZVEX Effects, the Woolly Mammoth has become a go-to effect for bass players searching for a harmonically rich and touch-sensitive fuzz pedal that can handle sub frequencies like no other. Don’t be fooled by its pedalboard friendly size however, because this pedal packs some serious punch. If you’re prone to leaving a beer on top of your amp mid set, the thunderous Wooly Mammoth will rumble it right off. Seriously, you’ve been warned.
RADIAL TONEBONE BASSBONE V2
The original Tonebone Bassbone by Radial was used by players like Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, Rhonda Smith and Victor Wooten - in other words, some of the world’s greatest bass virtuosos, and in particular players who demand unparalleled clarity. The V2 version takes this same audio circuit but packs in a bunch of new features and flexibility.