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Darkglass b3k ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jaibeau, Mar 4, 2013.


  1. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    Does anyone else have any issues with a slight "clippy" sound based on the input level? I have to dial back even a passive bass to avoid it. Sounds great when I get there but sucks I have to sacrifice db for tone...anyone?
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    I use an attenuator pedal (Barge Concepts) to lower the signal level before going to my pedals, some can't handle my high output basses.

    TC Electronic and Digitech Hardwire are the best I've seen at handling hot signals without issue. Boss and normal Digitech being the worst.
     
  3. eupharies

    eupharies

    Jul 3, 2007
    Leeds UK
    Bassist - Chasing Dragons
    Cant say ive noticed any issues, im runing a high output active bass.
     
  4. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    Hmmmm, passive instruments straight in shouldn't be considered "hot" that's my prob, idk, always something-
     
  5. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    No problems like that with my Bongo (active) or my passive jazz.
     
  6. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com
    Hey! What power supply are you using with it?
    A for the "clippy" tone, what is it like? (samples would help a lot!)... mainly to determine if your pedal is behaving as it should or not ;).

    Let us know!
    Doug.
     
  7. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    I use a one spot. Is that bad? Thx Doug-
     
  8. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    Ill rec a clip tmrw at reh. Thx-
     
  9. I'm using a OneSpot with mine. No problems over here.
     
  10. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com
    I don't think so for I use the same ;).

    And what bass or effects are you running before the pedal? The clip will probably help!
     
  11. xring

    xring

    Sep 16, 2003
    Ohio
    I've run an active bass (X.OC5) with the B3K and gotten some darn good tone with some tweeking, but running a passive Fender American Jazz 5 standard, I almost couldn't get a bad sound anywhere on the dials. I think the pedal loves passive basses. I want to get another just to have as back up.
     
  12. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Just got my B3K today, so maybe I'm not the best authority, but I've been messing around with it for hours and haven't had any type of clipping with a passive Jazz, a 9 volt active, and an 18 volt active bass.

    I think like Darkglass's first post suggests, your power supply might be the culprit. If you're daisy-chaining it, try using it by itself.

    BTW - i LOVE the B3K! Such an amazing pedal. Worth the price and the wait!
     
  13. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    I'm not having that issue even with my very hot active Spectors.
     
  14. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I use a one-spot with it on my board and haven't had any clipping with it....mine is the USA version
     
  15. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com
    Yeah, I thought it was strange.
    I use mine with a lot of Active stuff (Lakland 5 and Mayones with EMG's).
    And it seems to clip the intended way.

    It could be that your daisy chain is overloaded like fellow "Im a sock" suggested.
    Have you tried with another amp also? You might be clipping the amp's preamp.

    Keep me posted so that we sort this out ;).

    Regards!
    Doug.
     
  16. BigBassBob

    BigBassBob

    Jul 17, 2005
    Wales, UK
    I'd just like to chip in and say I run a Finnish-made B3K alongside five other pedals on a One Spot with no issues.
     
  17. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    Well I'm done with the one spot, really, it's just noisy anyway. Just scrapped my old board and went to the voodoo pedAl pwr 2 mounted "under" the pedaltrain, way cleaner NO POWER STRIPS!
    The B3K runs independently (always on) in the A channel of the line splitter, all other drives, filter, etc go to channel B. the main out of everything hits the compressor and its magical- problem solved- View attachment 325355
     
  18. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Nice board! I only have a 1 Spot in my gearbag on hand if I needed to just plug in a single pedal without my board. Handy for that, but you can't beat a powered pedaltrain.
     
  19. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com
    Nice board!
    Also nice to hear you fixed the problem.

    Yeah, I power 5 pedals without issues. If I had couple more I'd probably go for a supply with more juice.

    Regards,
    Doug.
     
  20. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    DALLAS
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL / ERNIE BALL
    Thanks
     

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