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Fantastic Bass Tube Amp Emulator
The RBI Bass Driver provides the bulk of my tone in my current live/studio setup. I currently run this directly into an old MosValve power amp and it really wails. There's a selection of suggested presets to choose from, some of my favourites being the Fat Tube, Bassman, and SVT - the emulation of the Ampeg SVT's iconic sound is one of the main reasons I picked this up, and in my opinion it comes very close to delivering the same authentic tone, but it's not perfect. You can of course dial in whatever tone sounds good to your ears. In comparison to the pedal version, the RBI allows you to explore a wider range of tones; this is great for crafting unique sounds, but it's not as user-friendly as the pedal, which has less control options, yet almost impossible to get a bad sounding tone from. Overall, this is a versatile piece of gear, and has replaced a conventional amplifier in my set up, and I would recommend it over the pedal version.
"magic that makes the bass really cut through"
"My favorite tool for recording bass besides the API 512C preamp. This thing just makes the bass growl and punch through a mix. I love to combine it with a DI and amp signal for that final extra bit of magic that makes the bass really cut through"
Great Bass Preamp
Being a big fan of the Bass Driver pedal, I knew I wanted to get the rackmount version of it to use in my live rig and see how it worked out. I must confess: I love this thing! It’s basically everything that the regular BD has but with more options for tonal variety. It’s great to use for live shows and for in-studio work as well. It brings a lot more character to my sound with that tube-like warmth while I’m doing any kind of recording. It’s all around a great addition to any bass rig, and I encourage those who haven’t already to check it out yourself and see how it works for you!
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Best $300.00 I've ever spent.
I've recently switched over to the VT-RM, but still highly recommend the RBI. I've used the RBI for over 15 years and must say.......it's probably the best $300.00 I've ever spent on a piece of bass gear. I -GREATLY- prefer the rackmount over the pedal, to each their own, right? I'm old school, but have used 2 RBI's in the studio. Bass to RBI to board and had great results bypassing the traditional amp and cabinet route. IMO, everyone should own one. That's not saying you'll use it full time, but you'll find it handy more often than you might think.......