-15 Db Pad
I have an active bass, and several studios I go too have amps with the -15 Db button. My understanding is that you are supposed to activate this when you are using an active bass right?
My problem is it cuts volume so significantly that I find myself on max volume and high gain to get anything near a good sound.
Am I doing something wrong?
I hardly ever use the pad switch when using an active bass........I just reduce the gain a little bit so I don't clip the amp.
It is there in case you need it. Sounds like you don't need it so switch it out.
My Spectors clip my GK pre-amp (2001RBP) with out the pad. With the pad it does cut to much. It's -15db as well. I pretty much don't use it anymore which is too bad because it sounded great with my other basses. With my old Peavey preamp it's pad is 6db which works well. My Ampeg SVP has a pad but also a gain control so it doen't seem to matter. That and tubes clipping and SS clipping are two completely different sounds. And JTE my 81 G&L L-1000 is hot but nowhere near as hot as my Spectors. So to me a pad of about 7.5db would be perfect. But maybe somebody has basses that have more output that need that much of a pad. I guess maybe when you use the studio in question bring your own amp or direct box.
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