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  • Pedal Type:
    Preamp, tone shaping, D.I, overdrive, tube emulator
    Batteries:
    1 x 9v or 9v DC or Phantom Power
    Weight:
    12 Ounces
    Size:
    4.75” x 3.75” x 2.0”
    Inputs:
    1 x Std 1/4 Jack
    Outputs:
    Balanced, 1/4 Jack effected, 1/4 Jack Parallel
    Price:
    295usd
    Features:
    Active tone controls with 12dB of cut or boost
    Sweepable semi-parametric EQ
    1/4-inch 4.7 megOhm instrument level input
    1/4-inch and XLR outputs with selectable levels
    Parallel, uneffected output to run a dry signal to a separate channel
    Other Specs:
    Rumble Filter and Air. The Rumble Filter removes unwanted sub-sonic frequencies that cause boominess and audible handling noises associated with acoustic guitars.
    The Air button adds top-end clarity and sparkle to acoustics.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. superHEAVYfunk
    5/5,
    "Really Versatile Pedal"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Excellent for many and varied practical purposes
    Built like a tank
    Semi-Parametric mid is very useful
    Cons - Mid knob is directly linked to Overdrive
    Difficult to use on the fly during gigs
    Overall, this is a fantastic utility pedal to have in your arsenal. I've used it in the studio to great effect, reamping kick drums and snares, as a DI for bass (obviously) and keyboards, even as a pre-EQ on dynamic mics once or twice. If you're creative, this pedal can do a lot of things!

    On the downside, I found it annoying at times when I wanted to use the pedal as an "always on" preamp but couldn't set the amount of overdrive without affecting the mids. There's only so much room in teh box, I suppose but I would have preferred to have the drive be an entirely separate knob.

    Overall, definitely an excellent piece of kit and one that I'm glad I have available whenever I need it.
    Price Paid:
    CAD$325
    jnryjd likes this.
  2. jnryjd
    5/5,
    "Like the Bass Driver DI but with sweepable mids!"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Great tone control! Can be powered via 48v Phantom Power. Can be used in place of an amp
    Cons - Bit hard to see for "on the fly" adjustments on a dark stage.
    Ive always be a fan of the Bass Driver Di which helped change some of my less capable amps into tone beasts however it really fell short once I put it through my Markbass LM Tube 800. I dont know why but it just sucked. I persevered for a while but it got too hard. It was the lack of mids on the effect that I felt was missing. I tried all the tricks as well as the suggestions from the manual however it just stopped being a benefit to my tone.

    I read about the Para Driver and decided to risk the investment.

    SO glad I did!
    It lacks the presence control of the Bass Driver and the overdrive might not have the same crunch but the addition of the mid control with sweepable mid frequency is amazing! I use this as an "always on" pedal to add that lovely fat tube warmth to my rig. It's probably overkill but I use an Xotic Bass BB Preamp in front of it for a solo and excitement boost which pushes the Para Driver into a slightly more overdriven sound. I got the idea from the Bass Fly Rig.

    I also play guitar so this thing comes in handy as a recording interface as well!

    I would highly recommend it!
    Price Paid:
    290usd
    t-ray likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Laklndad
    I have an older version of the Para Driver. It doesn't have the rumble filter, air, and the blend knob is tiny. Also has instrument or line level out switches. They discontinued it until now when they came out with a new version. Looks like the layout has improved with the blend knob. One of the best pedals out there! It accentuates the mids deliciously.
    1. jnryjd
      Mine has the rumble filter and Air functions. I wouldnt miss them if they werent there :)
      jnryjd, Oct 24, 2016