I'm New To Active Bass - any difference to passive?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by APouncer, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. APouncer


    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK

    I've recently bought myself a Yamaha BB614, my first active bass in 8 years of bass playing. It sounds good, still waiting for my heavy flatwounds to come in before I can really evaluate it tho, I don't get on with these zingy roundwounds at all - funny how you get so used to specific playing styles.

    What I'm wondering is do I need to take the lead out when I'm not playing to avoid battery death?

    and . . .

    What type of batteries are the best for performance and maximum life?

    and maybe anything else I need to know? Do I plug into the high input on my amp? for example.

    Thanks -

  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Yes, it is a very good habit to get into. When ever I take a break or don't plan on playing for a little while, I unplug. Leaving your lead in there will drain the battery slowly. Think of it like leaving the overhead light on inside your car after you shut the engine off.

    I usually just use a name brand like energizer or duracell. I try to stay away from any generic name battery.

    I usually pad the input of my amp -10db or if you have active or passive inputs on your amp, I would plug into the active.

  3. yeah, go to a flea market and pick up some high-quality "dinacells" (yes, they do exist, and yes they are crap)
    some companies make special AA batteris for cameras that are extra long lived. i wonder if anyone makes those in 9v form...
  4. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    Yeah, you can get duracell ultra 9 volts. They lasted pretty long when I used to have an active bass. Now I'm all passive, so I can't really tell you what the best battery type is these days.
  5. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    This is from my experience: Don't use Duracell, use Energizer. My pedals and Deluxe bass seem to dislike Duracell. They love Energizer. Duracells just die within a month.
  6. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    If possible, buy rechargeables. Ok, you need the charger too, but in the long, it will pay many times over.