Is my Bass active now?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by dave_bass5, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    It a HW1 Jazz going through a Aphex BassXciter and then in to a PF.
    I know i have to have the Xciter switched to Passive but what then? do i have to set the PF as Active or passive?
    at the moment i have them both set to passive and then in to the passive input on my MAG and it seems to sound ok but was just wondering
    thanks and sorry if its a stupid question

  2. stompfrog

    stompfrog Guest

    Apr 12, 2004
    Reading, England
    Open your bass, does it have a rectangular 9v battery?

    --> Yes = Active (Unless you have Sims LEDs :bassist: )

    --> No = Passive
  3. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    Yeah, thanks for the tip off.

    Im taking about should i............ill figure it out.

  4. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    I know what you mean. :D
    Truth be told, I don't know the answer for sure. I'd plug into the active input, and if you aren't getting enough gain, put it into the passive one. No biggie.
  5. a highway 1 fender is should plug it into the passive jack.

    an active jack will lower the gain, because the output is stronger on an active bass, and if you plug an active bass into a passive jack you will find that the amp will distort a bit...
  6. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    Ok guys sorry for the confusion. let me rephrase the question.
    I know my Bass is passive and im pluging it in to the PF using the passive setting. what i want to know now is when the signal is output from the PF should i set the Xciter to passive or active and which input is best to use on the amp once the signal comes out.
    It may be a stupid question and i guess i should not have used the word active but thats the options on the pedals.
    I guess im asking does the signal level change once it comes out of the PF or Xciter enough for me to have to use the active inputs as i dont want to risk distorting the pre amp in the Xciter (the amp does have a level meter so thats not to bad).


    Sorry, just noticed in my first post i reversed the order of the effects. im going in to the PF first.
  7. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Yes, but his signal is being buffered by the first pedal in the chain. In the long run, it comes down to how loud of a signal leaves the pedal.
  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    What's a PF?
  9. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    PF = Aphex Punch Factory

  10. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Go from the bass into the passive input of the punchfactory.
    Go from the Punchfactory into the active input on your amp.

    That's the way I'd try it first.
  11. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    Thanks, ill give it a try at the next gig.

  12. lookjojoisplaid

    lookjojoisplaid Guest

    Oct 17, 2005
    San Diego
    god there are only 4 freakin different ways you could have done this PP, PA, AP, AA why wasnt the first thing on your mind hey maybe i should just take the 5 minutes sit down and try them all and see which sound i like the best!?!?!
  13. Petary791

    Petary791 Guest

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
  14. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Lmao Petary...made me laugh so hard :p
  15. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    My vote for post of the year..
  16. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    Because the next itme i use my gear will be at a gig where we dont get to sound check as its in a room full of people eating.
    I have only used this set up once before and was getting a bit of distotion but couldnt tell if i was overdriving my Xciter (i have heard of this happening with active bass) by using the passive in switch on it or that the output from the PF was to high.
    I did try changing the switch and my level dropped so i had to put it back but i couldnt adjust my amp as it was feeding in to the PA and on the MAG the DI out is post everything apart from output level (plus it mucked the balence of the mix up)
    As im playing functions i cant test these things out on stage in front of people so i wanted to get some advice. between our sets there is a DJ so i cant really hear the differences and cant turn the amp up while the music is playing.

    I hope that explains why im asking for advice.

  17. didier


    Aug 4, 2005
    +250,000mg !
  18. Yeah, it's like a 1/4 of a ton!!!
  19. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    or... a l'il more than half a lb. :D
  20. Joe P

    Joe P Guest

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    This is one thing that definately dissapointed me about my beloved Xciter - my PASSIVE peavey soapbar pickups ARE pretty-easily capable of distorting it when set for 'Passive'. Then, of course, if you use the 'active' switch position, it cuts your signal down way-too-much.

    I don't know what I would have done if I wasn't using the CS-3 compressor before it.

    I'd almost forgot obout this til now; I run the CS-3 full-time - but dang-it; now that you mention it: yes, a passive CAN distort an Xciter. I s'pose the Punch Factory could be the same way too.