Active or passive input with effects

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


  1. Denver Max

    Denver Max

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    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

    Swift713

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    If you get unwanted clipping with the passive input then use the active.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I never liked using the active inputs for anything but you might.
  4. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

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    Active input is only needed if you can't get a clean signal using the gain knob.

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