MXR M80 Bass D.I.+
Go direct, sound great!
The MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion is more than just a direct box. It's got so many features, you may wonder how you ever did without it! It includes a distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls; ... read more
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MUST-HAVE pedal for any bassist
with a 3 band EQ, gate-able distortion channel, adjustable clean volume with a 'color' switch, can be used as a DI, in-line, or both with a phantom and ground switch... a price of 150$ is MORE than reasonable for this pedal.
This has been in my arsenal for 10 years, and has been the most badass pedal I have ever had. Durable as a tank, and full of features, I always tell bassists they need this pedal.
For about seven years now this pedal has been the base of my bass sound. Excellent tone, very easy to set, nice equalization, lots of different possibilities and great performanace with any amp. Also to gate and distorted channel are very usefull. Nowadays I use the distorted channel only as a clean boost, since I have a dedicated distortion pedal on my board. Must have for any bassist.
The best thing to happen to my bass rig so far
As a bassist in my band, I use a borrowed Fender Rumble combo from the early to mid-aughts. I only used that for nearly a year. I don't really like the preamp sound and having only the onboard aux out to go to the front of the house is pretty limiting in an indoor live setting. This handy tool helped to eliminate these issues. I run a cable from my bass to tuner into the Bass DI+. One 1/4" out goes through the front end of the amp. I have the amp EQ bands tuned all the way down. The XLR out goes to the front of the house. With all of that in mind, I still have one more output jack at my disposal.
A bit of everything, and it does it well.
When I was looking for a DI, a few things were important. Of course, you want something that is flexible in case your signal is lacking somewhere. This DI towards the end of my chain keeps everything organized, and I can add whatever may be lacking with the EQ.
The pedal itself is dead simple. You have your DI out, an output, and then a parallel out. Use the left foot switch to turn on the EQ, which has treble, mid, and bass knobs. The volume knob can give you a bit of a boost, and the "color" switch gives you an Ampeg sort of tone.
Use the right one to turn on the Distortion, which has very usable tones and a wide spectrum of gain. Use it for a little overdrive to give a bit more bite to your notes, use it as a volume boost, or get tones not unlike the opening bass line in Muse's "Starlight." The noise gate and blend knobs are nice features as well if you have a bit too much noise in your chain or want just a little bit of distortion blended in.
A really versatile little pedal with a small footprint.
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Go direct, sound great!
The MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion is more than just a direct box. It's got so many features, you may wonder how you ever did without it! It includes a distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls; a noise gate to help keep it clean; a Color control; and 3-band EQ control that lets you dial in any tone you need. It also provides phantom power, and sports a parallel output jack for flexibility in routing. Whether you like it sweet and clean or hot and nasty, this DI does it all!
- Distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls
- Color knob
- 3-band EQ
- Phantom power
- 1/4" and XLR outs