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Yamaha NE-1s for little $$$

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SuperDuck, Dec 2, 2002.

  1. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    At $79.99, I wasn't about to buy the Nathan East preamp.

    At $49.99, I was thinking about it, but didn't really want to spend that kind of scratch. I mean, that's fifty bucks!

    But $29.99?! Sign me up. :D I already ordered mine. Musician's Fiend is trying to get rid of dem NE-1's sumthin' good, and for ~$30, I'm willing to try it. They must be coming out with a new model.
  2. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    thanks for the info, might just get one at this price
  3. dumeril7


    Oct 21, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks for the heads-up. I placed my order just now!
  4. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    SWEET! I was just about to check MF for them! Now if my V-Bass purchase doesnt' work, I'll definitely place an order.
  5. Gotcha! Thanx for the heads up, I've been wanting one but I'm cheap. I work around a pretty talented sound engineer and he uses them for all sorts of things, not just bass.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The NE-1 does some neat tone things if you like the Nathan East sound (as I do), but it's not real versatile. $30 is the right price, and it's worth every penny of that. I got mine at one of those fabulous GC blowouts for $30. Now everybody can get one!
  7. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    I have one of the old Trace Elliot EQ pedals (7 bands with 2 "shape" buttons) that I use for gigs where there are no amps and everything is run direct (casinos :rolleyes: ). It sounds good but is a pain to use.

    What does anyone think of using the NE-1 instead in this capacity?
  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I agree! Maybe even a little more. I just got mine today, and have been playing around with it for the past hour or so. It takes some finagling, but there are some really good sounds in this box. (Some bad ones, too.) One thing I didn't know is that it boosts the lows and highs while cutting the mids; I was under the impression that it was cut-only. Some more controls over the parameters would be nice, but the simplicity is a thing of beauty, too. I found my sweet spot, for now, with the Q on "Shallow" and the, uh, other dial on 5.5, which is straight up. Sweet. :D "Deep" seemed a little too heavy-handed for me. I don't slap that much, but it gives a GREAT slap tone and a really snappy fingerstyle tone when you play with the right bite. Good stuff.

    There are a few niggles, of course. The chrome finish will be a bitch to keep clean, and having fingerprints all over it will drive me nuts. If I have chrome anything, it's polished. The other is that it's battery operated only. I have plenty of AC adaptors and was looking forward to using one of them, but I guess it's back to batteries. As if having an active bass wasn't enough.

    All in all, though, a great box that's well worth my money. We'll see how it does in church this Sunday.

    Phat- I wish I could help you more, but I have never played in a spot where I didn't have an amp. Have you thought of direct boxes like the SansAmp? That seems pretty simple and would work well in that kind of situation.
  9. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    I just got one too - not bad for 30 bucks;

    I've got a J with flats that sounds killer with this, now I can use the bass on the gig without having to change my tone on the amp too much.
  10. TxBass


    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    I just got one of these the other day too...and used with my band this week. Well worth the $30 at MF. I like Deep 3.5-4...really nice sounds in this thing.
    definately agree with SuperDuck about the chrome finish, gonna be tough to keep clean...of course if you're concerned about your gear getting stolen you won't have to work to hard to prove it's yours with all the prints on it:D
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Did you ever think about wearing gloves?
  12. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I wear enough rubber gloves after the gig, thank you very much.

    EDIT: D'oh! Back to $49.99! Hope y'all got em while you could.
  13. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    There are nine volt wall adapters you can get that have multiple connections. One of them being a clip that looks just like the contacts of a nine volt battery. Just clip it on where the battery would go.
  14. dumeril7


    Oct 21, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Mine arrived last night. Had only about 20 minutes to fiddle with it, but I think there are some good tones to be found with it. Personally, I didn't care much for the much-vaunted "Deep 4" setting; a little too boomy for my tastes. But that was with my usual amp settings which already have plenty of low end; I need to experiment with the amp set flat. My favorite settings were Deep 6 and Shallow 4.5 for slap; they removed this bit of harsh bite to the tone on pops -- very smooth. I only got a chance to use it with my Yamaha bass; I'll try it with the Lakland tonight....

  15. maxvalentino

    maxvalentino Endorsing Artist Godin Guitars/ Thomastik-Infeld

    Hey thanks guys!
    I tried one of these in a studio about a year ago, and was fairly impressed (not blown away, but impressed), and had considered adding one as an outboard midrange eq for my electric rig...but just never did.
    But at that price....how can I resist?
    Ordered it yesterday........

  16. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Got one. I don't know why they call it a "Parametric Equalizer," since it's not, but as you guys said, it has some cool sounds. Also good for adding a little boost to a not-so-loud instrument. Glad I grabbed it at $29.99.
  17. dumeril7


    Oct 21, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Well, I got to fiddle with the NE-1 some more. I decided that I really liked what it did to my 4-string Yamaha. At high volumes, the Yamaha has a bit of harshness at around 1K when popping the D or G string. The NE-1 on Deep 6 zaps the harshness and then adds a thumping low end boost. Makes the budget Yamaha sound a lot more expensive than it is.

    OTOH, I didn't care for the NE-1 with my Lakland 5-string. That low end boost that worked so well with the Yamaha screwed up the sound of the Lakland's famous B string -- it got kind of farty sounding. I think my amp couldn't deal with the boosted low end, particularly at around 200Hz. Dialing out that frequency with the NE-1 didn't work because the NE-1's bandwidth is too wide -- it cut a big wide swath out of my low end and made the overall sound wimpy. This is all no big deal because the Lakland sounds terrific all by itself.

  18. Bought one to tame the irritating mids on a Peavey G bass (for which it worked great). Then sold it along with the G bass.

    Then bought another one to try and make my Fender Roscoe Beck sound "active". It doesn't work AT ALL for this application.

    IME, the box works best for scooping out midrange obnoxiousness, and not terrifically well with polite-sounding basses.
  20. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    I paid $60 for my NE-1, but no worries; you can't take it with you (the money OR the NE-1).
    I wanted to try it as an alternative to the really big-bucks pricing of the Aguilar, Sadowsky, or Fodera outboard pre's.
    I don't know how it stacks up against those more exotic units, but the NE-1 has found a home with me, used to sweeten/cut the mids on my awesome Mesa Buster 2x10 Wedge. I was getting just a bit more "bite' than I wanted, but the Yamaha took care of this in a most pleasing way.
    The unit will perform differently with each & every one of our rigs & basses & signal chains.
    I even use it as the tail-end of a Boss daisy chain
    and it is a very handy "final step" in dialing in a round & pleasing tone.
    Highly recommended IMO and for you lucky dogs who paid only 30 smackeroonies, SWEEET deal!

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