When to use high input

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by DannyBob, Feb 22, 2014.


  1. DannyBob

    DannyBob

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    On my Laney RB2 there is a normal input and a high input jack. I know that the high input should be used on basses with active pickups and active preamps, but does this extend to a bass with passive pickups and an active preamp as well? Or should I use the normal input?

    My guess is use the high because the active preamp will still boost the signal strength, right?...

    Dan
  2. bassteban

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    I'd use whichever sounds better
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    It is NOT about active or passive really, it is about output levels of the bass--some actives are lower output, some passives are higher. And this only matters if you get bad-sounding clipping at the input of the amp. In that one specific case, you use the input that cuts the levels a bit to avoid the clipping.
  4. DannyBob

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    Ah, thanks guys :)
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  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    if you want to sound like nine inch nails you put your high output bass into the normal input
  7. Bassmec

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    In my case right about then I should think.:)
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  8. nashvillebill

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    My active Yamaha RBX760 has a lower output than my passive Fender with the Dimarzio Model P.

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