just got a radial bassbone

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 33degrees, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    yea its good, great 3 band eq very solid heavy construction, one good preset shape EQ for slap, dont know what the other one is for?
    but the Boost is only 'boost' theres no cut like it said on the website, i wanted to bring down the level of another pedal, oh well cant have it all, its going to get a jazz fusion gig tomorrow, ill report back
  2. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    Yea it was great to have 2 different sounds to switch to and from. i used one bass and used the Radial as a 2 channel preamp with my own markbass rig.
    the boost is really useful, now when i take a solo i can get a bit of boost whenever i need it, thats a great feature, in fact i think this pedal is really going to be part fo my sound now. im not sure if the EBS microbass2 has this feature but for what i need a preamp pedal for i think its essential when you're taking a lot of solos.
    also i really wanted the Sadowsky preamp but the Radial for the same money has a few more feature and a MID eq nob.
    i read that Roger Sadowsky says that a Mid Freq nob is not needed and that it doesn't sit in the mix, maybe if you play country music that's true but in jazz fusion it's slightly different!
    yea i'm really happy i bought the Radial, im going to buy the stereo cable today for the effects loop, also im going on tour with a famous Rock/hip hop group in Europe so i'll let you know how radial sounds in this context.........
  3. It's a bit deceptive that website. They actually use the word "cut" in places when they perhaps should have used some other word like "definition" or something. They then use "cut" again when referring to the EQ settings but follow it up with the words "boost power" which makes you think they're talking about the "power booster" circuitry. Bastards!

    It can be used like this, but it's not implemented in the same way. You can set up channel two to add gain to channel one - thus providing a boost, but that only works in single instrument mode. However, you can adjust the amount of boost you want, and you can boost it all the way into sweet sounding EBS Multidrive distortion sounds!

    hmm, bollocks! What about funk!? I use the semi-parametric mids and the enhanced mid/treble control on my MicroBass II extensively.
  4. BassMan Biff

    BassMan Biff Guest

    Nov 16, 2005
    Although my Bassbone has been retired to the closet for the time being, I really like it. See, I got into my V-Bass and I simply don't need it, but I decided to keep it because I as a bassplayer am constantly changing my tonal direction; so it'd be no suprise that one day I will become to favor a "Purist's Tone"- when that day happens, I'll be ready with my Bassbone. If for nothing else, it is the "Tweaker's Direct Box"...Radial makes the best DIs on the market.
  5. johnvice

    johnvice Guest

    Sep 7, 2004
    I love my Bassbone, as I use a lot of effects and two basses live, the BassBone makes a great controller of it. I run a frettedless standard Jazz bass through input #2. A mid range boost is really nice on the fretless. I have a fretted Jazz with hot pickups on ch.1 so the gain cotrol is great to lower it. One of teh EQ voices on ch1 I occaionaly use.

    Stuff can go wrong with effects. (Like ast night when the sound guy accidetnaly unlugged it.) Being able to clcik the bypass button is great to geta round effect 'issues'.

    The built in direct box is very high quality and very useful from this location. I blew up an amp at a gig and was able to continue playing with the bassbane providing output to the PA.
  6. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    just got back in from the tours, only a few dates but was able to try the Radial out in a real enviroment.
    in fact it's a great piece of gear, i think now i can't ive without this baby. I was able to send the DI out straight into the PA, they normally have those cheapo samson blue DIs, even on fairly big gigs.
    the real great thing was that i was able to have 2 or 3 pedals for say the verse and then turn them all off at once via the Boost footswitch for the chorus of the song. I use the 2nd channel to get a jaco style sound and i had a big ampeg rig which i just set flat which was good for slap and straight rock with a compressor.
    i used the Boss tuner as a bypass on the boost channel so even though now it doesnt have a mute function i was able to use the boss to mute everything, its basically a one footswitch operation if you are in the boost loop already or a 2 switch operation otherwise as you have to select the boost/loop and then click the tuner on , which mutes at the sametime so you can tune up quietly, i think most people use this model of tuner so if you don't then you should have had one anyway.
    im really glad i picked this little puppy up now.
    i hope this helps

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
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    I own a Bassbone and have to say it is one of the best tools a bassist can have today.the DI is one of the best DI's available.I've been working on a dvd recording and I've used it and the engineer was in awe of the DI's qaulity.the pedal does not effect your(at least not mine)tone it really enhances all tonal aspects of you Bass and rig(maybe I should install one inside a Bass:))there's a basssbone in my gig bag at all times.it's definately worth checking out especially if you want just a little more clarity,transparency(a killer option when mixing after a recording) and presence when needed.