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MXR M81 Bass Preamp
- Separate INPUT & OUTPUT level controls
- 3-band EQ section with sweep able midrange
- Studio-quality Direct Out
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|Item Dimensions||5.50 x 2.50 x 4.50 inches||44.00 x 19.00 x 5.00 inches||5.50 x 4.50 x 2.00 inches||5.50 x 4.50 x 2.50 inches||3.66 x 1.22 x 1.50 inches|
The MXR Bass Preamp combines a pristine bass preamp with astudio-quality Direct Out in a Phase 90-sized box, providing clear tonewithout hogging precious pedalboard space. Use it to add a new voice toan old passive bass, sweeten up any amp, or put some special sauce on aparticular song. Dial it in just the way you want it and send itstraight to the house—pre or post-EQ—with the built-in Direct Out.
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The very slight learning curve is the sweepable mid that allows you to isolate which mid frequency you want to cut or boost. It's basically a parametric EQ when it comes to the mids.
All I can say is that if you like your basic bass tone, this pedal will make it about 20% better. Just seems to make things more clear and punchy with little fuss.
I have one setting and I rarely change it. Just turn it on, leave it on and go. To my ears it sounds like someone has removed a blanket from the cabinet after I turn it on.
There might be other bass pedals that can make greater changes, but for the money and the simplicity, this has always been my favorite.
MXR has a similar one that also offers distortion and I've always used it or this M81 since 2004 and can't imagine playing without one of them.
- Sounds great and doesn't change the character of my bass of amp.
- Can run on battery, phantom power or standard A/C adapter.
- DI on board with pre/post switch and ground lift.
- Plenty of headroom. I can run direct into a power amp if needed.
- Small form factor (like a Phase 90).
To me this sounds a lot like a Sadowsky preamp. The MXR M81 is smaller than the Sadowsky SBP-1 but has sweepable mids and more headroom. It's more feature rich than the smaller Sadowsky SBP-2 having the advantage of a DI with phantom power and can run on a 9V battery or A/C adapter. Finally the MXR M81 is cheaper than both Sadowsky preamps. Great preamp!
I play bass, and usually the FOH engineers wants a direct signal from my gear. I tend to like my basses EQ'ed like my amp settings (I use Warwick/Tobias basses and SWR/EBS/MarkBass gear that is very accurate amplification). Most of the time, my bass sounded 'generic' through the FOH unless the engineer is very experienced. So now I split the signal from my last effect, sending one line to the stage amp and one to this pedal. Now I have the ability to set the EQ on the bass signal before it is sent to the FOH desk. I set the EQ using a power amp running into a bass cabinet, and compare it to the sound of the amp/cab combination. Has really worked wonders.
Built like a brick, and very clean and transparent. This is not your pedal if you are looking to alter or color your tone like with an SVT or Mesa amp. Also, there are only a few bass pre's that have the sweep mids that this pedal has which makes it a winner with me!
Only complaint is the new MXR effects have a super-bright LED that, when I look straight down at my pedal board, is so bright it blinds me. Because of my application, I have to leave it on all the time so it's a constant problem. I have covered the LED with some electrical tap with a hole the size of a head of a pin centered over the LED. Even then, it is WAY brighter than my other pedals but at least it doesn't blind me. Dunlop/MXR ..... turn down the voltage to the LED !!! ;-)
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So yes, a worthwhile addition to the bassist's armoury.