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Active or passive input with effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Denver Max, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. This may be a dumb/noob question, but I have an amp with active and passive inputs. When running a lot of effects, especially dirt and a preamp, would I be better off plugging into the active input even though my bass is passive,? I can't go test it right now because the kid is asleep, I just had this thought. Sometimes my dirt sounds squished through my neck pickup. Would this help?

    I don't want to plug my preamp into the fx loop because I like the extra tone shaping from my amp's eq.
  2. If you get unwanted clipping with the passive input then use the active.
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  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    I never liked using the active inputs for anything but you might.
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Active input is only needed if you can't get a clean signal using the gain knob.

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