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Can I plug my bass directly into a power amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wiggleworm, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. wiggleworm


    May 29, 2003

    I am curious... what would happen if I plug a passive bass directly into a power amplifier? An active bass? A bass through a stompbox? My bass through a simple direct box? A compressor?

    I ask because I'm building a new rig and I'm kind of a minimalist. I don't want any EQ and would prefer not to buy a preamp if I don't need to. My first choice would be bass->power amp->cabinet. My second choice would be to add something simple like Raven Labs or a rackmount compressor.

    Your comments are appreciated!
  2. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    With an active bass, it's possible -- but you should check into the specs to assure you are properly matching the impedance and voltage between the bass and the amp.

  3. Yes, with an active bass you can do it. However, most onboard bass pre-amps don't have enough gain to bring the amp up to full power. The Raven lab compressor sounds like a good idea. What you will still be missing, however is a DI.