Based on much reading, I decided to take the plunge into the ART PRO CHANNEL II.
Wanting to stay with the flexibility of a preamp/power amp setup, because that's how I ride!
Here is a "Little Known Secret".....
There are endorsed Bassist out there playing "Orange" and the likes, but the SECRET is.......
If you look in the bottom of some of these Pro Players Racks
This is what they are using as their PreAmp and DI for FOH.
What does this mean?
That their Amps and Cabinets sounds are not going to the FOH.
The FOH is taking the DI from the ART Pro Channel II
So onto the review.....
First! Awesome looking 2RU unit. There are many "Buttons" and "Knobs" on this unit. This is not for the Faint Hearted!
It took me around 1.5hrs to dial in 4 or 5 different sounds that I like. Ultimately, the 5th one is the one I'm using. Here is a pic of my settings. This will be helpful to those who purchase and are not use to setting up a killer bass sound from scratch.
Also to note: There is Misinformation out on the web! Really?
Yes! Really! lol There are Product Descriptions for the Pro VLA or similar ART Product under the Pro Channel II.
This unit apparently only has a TUBE PRE and Solid State Comp and EQ...... and sounds GREAT!
The "Low Cut" is the knob in the pic upper left corner. I set it to 125hz but found that it removes bass from the thinner bass strings.
Moving to 45hz allows for a thicker sound on the thinner strings.
The "Pre Amp" is nearly full out! This was useful in removing some unwanted low mids. By pushing the preamp, this apparently will make the transformer react differently. A good thing for bass tone for sure.....Also, the Tube High Voltage button is engaged. This is GOOD for bass IMHO
The "Compressor" Works great. It's OPTO and Transparent!
I personally like compression. Some here do not. If you do, look at my settings, works awesome!
The "Equalizer" is a Semi Parametric. Works great. Lots of tonal possibilities. My low mid cut is 450hz.
Although it show's 45hz on the knob, I have the X10 button depressed
High Mids are cut as well at around 6000hz X10 button again.
If you follow the Manual by starting off by Bypassing the Comp and Eq, using the push buttons. You then use the Preamp and Gain knobs on the left to set your LED VU meter to around -5 db and ensure your peaks do not go into the RED and keep the red lit up.
After that, get those Comp and Eq buttons off bypass and start dialing in the Comp and Eq for your desired sound.
This unit kills Two Birds with one stone. Is a great Preamp with Comp/EQ and is also a ....... DI for the FOH.
For around $300.00, You get all this! Sweet!
If you get one, be patient. That Eq is worth learning!
Others here who have the ART Pro Channel II, Please post
pics of your settings for others to learn from or as starting
Tommy L sends.....