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Looking for a preamp/DI box with clean and dirty channels.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by El Raro, Jan 15, 2012.


  1. Basically, I'm after a preamp/DI box where I can switch between the "clean" preamp mode and an overdriven, grittier tone. I've been looking at the MXR M80 which seems to fit the bill but, after some hands-on experience, I found I don't really like the distortion channel. It sounds a bit too harsh for what I'm after.

    What are some other alternatives I could look into? I love the sound of the Sansamp BDDI but its a single-channel pedal...is there a pedal that dishes out similar tones but has two channels to play with?
     
  2. Vt bass deluxe or even the programmable bddi has 3 channels
     
  3. NeroJazz

    NeroJazz

    May 2, 2011
    Denmark
    An EBS MicroBass II fits the bill and has fears galore compared to other pre-amps.
     
  4. scHism

    scHism

    Aug 12, 2009
    Philippines
    MXR M80, try tweaking the blend knob on the distortion channel.
     
  5. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK
    +1
    and remember that what sounds good solo might not work so well in the mix. I find I need more distortion when the band kicks in.
     
  6. cchorney

    cchorney

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    BDDI comes in 3 channel "Programmable" or 6 channel "Deluxe" flavors. You can run them dry or with the tweaked signal, or any level of blend.
     
  7. HertzWhenIPlay

    HertzWhenIPlay

    Jan 15, 2011
    I like things that go BOOM
    Aguilar Tonehammer.
     
  8. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Ohio
    Source Audio Multiwave Bass Distortion Pro.

    You have 6 presets, clean boost/EQ only, even a noise gate.
     
  9. Mharris

    Mharris

    Sep 25, 2007
    Missoula Montana
    +1

    I've always found the M80 to be quite versatile.
     
  10. SGbassist

    SGbassist

    Jan 3, 2012
    +3rd one to M80. Very versatile + awesome dist tone.
     

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