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Active or passive input with effects

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

  1. Denver Max

    Denver Max

    Apr 21, 2012
    Near Atlanta, GA
    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. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    The Berkshires, Ma
    If you get unwanted clipping with the passive input then use the active.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    I never liked using the active inputs for anything but you might.
  4. 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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