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When to use high input

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DannyBob, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    On my Laney RB2 there is a normal input and a high input jack. I know that the high input should be used on basses with active pickups and active preamps, but does this extend to a bass with passive pickups and an active preamp as well? Or should I use the normal input?

    My guess is use the high because the active preamp will still boost the signal strength, right?...

  2. I'd use whichever sounds better
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    It is NOT about active or passive really, it is about output levels of the bass--some actives are lower output, some passives are higher. And this only matters if you get bad-sounding clipping at the input of the amp. In that one specific case, you use the input that cuts the levels a bit to avoid the clipping.
  4. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    Ah, thanks guys :)
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    if you want to sound like nine inch nails you put your high output bass into the normal input
  6. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    In my case right about then I should think.:)
  7. My active Yamaha RBX760 has a lower output than my passive Fender with the Dimarzio Model P.