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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


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


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

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    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 Supporting Member

    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


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

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Source Audio Multiwave Bass Distortion Pro.

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


    Sep 25, 2007
    Missoula Montana

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


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

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