Caveman Audio Introduces BP1 Compact Bass Preamp

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Caveman Audio’s BP1 Compact gives bass players a fundamental bass tone that is very similar to that of the 1073-inspired BP1 Bass Preamp, but with a significantly smaller footprint. Since the goal is improving the core bass tone, its purpose is not to act as an effects pedal, but to serve as an always-on component in the signal chain.

    “I am extremely pleased that we succeeded with shrinking our bass preamp design while maintaining a true and breathtaking bass sound. In fact, more than anything BP1 Compact is all about tone,” says Steen Skrydstrup, Founder and Head Engineer of Caveman Audio.

    “In order to arrive at such a small footprint compared to the original BP1 Bass Preamp, we removed the optional wireless input and went for an external power supply, but the core connectivity such as an Amp Out, FX loop and Tuner Out remains.

    Further, the internal circuit - including the input buffer – delivers a tonal bliss that is very close to the sound of the original BP1 that so many bass players have already become addicted to.
    In fact, the preamp is exactly the same as the one you’ll find in the BP1 Bass Preamp and the BAS1 rack preamp, but I modified bits and pieces of the ‘surrounding’ electronics to make it fit the smaller size. Does it sound better? I guess that is up for each bass player to decide, as it is very much a matter of personal taste and preference – especially since the difference is so subtle. I think of BP1 and BP1 Compact as two slightly different flavours of sonic greatness, and therefore I definitely think there is a place for both.”

    Caveman Audio recognises that the sheer preamp design is not the only component capable of enhancing the fundamental sound of a bass audio signal. Therefore, they also pay focused attention on suppressing noise and avoid impedance mismatch in the electronic design that surrounds the preamp circuit, which includes transformer-balanced DI output, onboard input buffer and unique RFI protection – all of it housed in a road-ready, zinc-plated steel enclosure.


    In short, BP1 Compact delivers the bass signal any bass player's and FOH engineer's dreams are made of.


    Now Available

    BP1 Compact Bass Preamp - Studio quality bass preamp at your feet
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  2. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    The website says it is on backorder and costs $399.20 which I take to mean US dollars, not euros, but it's not specified.
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  3. Maxi Funkl

    Maxi Funkl

    May 8, 2014
    I'll be ordering 1 in October.
  4. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    NW Ohio
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
  5. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    looks like the Rheingold BP-2.

    Rip off?
    Coincidence and it’s own thing?

  6. Maxi Funkl

    Maxi Funkl

    May 8, 2014
    Its a neve 1073 inspired pedal and a smaller version of the Caveman BP1 looks similar to Rheingold but its a bigger pedal with DI and tons more connection options. Honestly I would not mind trying both out. But I'll start with the BP1 compact. Having used the BP1 before and its 1/3 of the price of the BP1.
    BP1 Bass Preamp - Studio quality bass preamp at your feet
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  7. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Soooo.. the demo shows that it can make your bass a bit louder (which is why the "on" sounds better than the "off"), and...there's a lot of hyperbole, without any real explanation of what it does. My gut says the more you say, the less you have to sell - anyone here with any experience with this thing?
  8. Not having tried his preamp, I can can only say that he’s the real deal, and his product are widely used here in Denmark by both guitarists (acoustic and electric) and bass players.
  9. Maxi Funkl

    Maxi Funkl

    May 8, 2014
    $500 dollars was extravagant now $600 that's completely absurd. I was excited to get this but at that price I'll pass.
  10. El Trueno

    El Trueno

    Oct 12, 2022
    This thing has only 2 knobs - what’s not to like? Want.
  11. carsonchilders

    carsonchilders Carson Childers Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have purchased a BP1 with the intention of making a YouTube review. I can't speak to the compact, but we can see what the actual tone is. I also have a Heritage Audio 1073 for the studio I plan on comparing it to.
  12. BN5HardCaseGuy


    Feb 20, 2022
    Just checked out your videos on the BP1 vs. Noble vs. Super 8. Also checked out the single videos, etc. Great stuff!

    I really appreciate it, very helpful. There is a lot of hype videos and not enough solid content videos. You post solid content. Thanks!
  13. carsonchilders

    carsonchilders Carson Childers Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Hey thanks man! SUPER appreciate the kind words.