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|WholeGrainBass ||01-06-2013 10:37 PM |
active is quieter than passive
I just recently got my new Hartke LH500 head and hooked my 97 Ibanez sr1200 up to it. I plugged it into the active input and noticed it was rather quiet. The volume knob was full throttle on the bass. I plugged it into the passive input and was much louder than the active input. Yes the Ibanez has active inputs. Why is this?
|bassteban ||01-06-2013 10:39 PM |
I believe the amp's active input is attenuated, to account for an active bass' hotter output. This way a passive bass and active will be close to the same volume.
|JimmyM ||01-06-2013 10:42 PM |
It's working right. That's the function of an active input...to quiet down the signal from a too-loud active bass if it's overdriving the gain at any setting. Personally though, I think active inputs are useless. I've never seen a bass completely overdrive the gain on any amp ever unless it was by choice. I use active basses all the time with loud EMG pickups and the times I've used the active input on any amp is 0.
|B-string ||01-06-2013 10:42 PM |
Yep supposed to be that way. If you have an active bass that overloads the input of the amp, you use the active input instead.
|WholeGrainBass ||01-06-2013 10:43 PM |
oh ok good. i was worried either the bass or my new amp was messed up
|Stephent28 ||01-06-2013 10:45 PM |
Active inputs are usually padded.
|WholeGrainBass ||01-06-2013 10:54 PM |
how would i know the bass is overloading the input of the amp?
It would sound distorted. Some active basses are quieter there some passive basses too.
|WhoDidTheElf ||01-07-2013 01:14 AM |
My p bass with 1/4 pounders in it is the hottest bass I've ever used and it's
Passive. My ray with the 3 band eq is pretty hot and same with the 18v preamp on my schecter but neither touches that p bass
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