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Bypass active pre-amp on Corvette.

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by BrickIsRed, May 12, 2009.

  1. BrickIsRed

    BrickIsRed

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    What exactly is happening when I do this (pull up the volume knob)? Does it just bypass the EQ section, or do the pickups become passive single coils? I don't really understand.

    Anyway, lately I really like the sound with the pre-amp bypassed. It sounds clearer, less boomy and seems to make my SansAmp Bass Drive DI sound better.

    Edit: The model is a Corvette Bubinga with both active pre-amp and pickups. Not $$.
     
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  2. Vinnie

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    When you pull the Volume knob, you disengage the active preamp. The pickups remain active.
     
  3. BrickIsRed

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    Ah, that's what I guessed since if it was passive there would be humming problems. Thanks.
     
  4. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum man :)
     
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    Welcome, pilgrim !

    The onboard active EQ/pre and the outboard
    BDDI are two redundant devices in series. It
    makes sense to use the bypass when using
    the BDDI, unless you happen to need really
    thick, gainy tone, which you've already very
    accurately described as boomy and less clear
    [but has uses, too, like playing kick drum on
    your bass ... ].


     
  6. Gastrok

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    welcome BrickIsRed!

    good thread...gave me some ideas for using my sansamp
     
  7. BrickIsRed

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    Thanks all for the replies.
     
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    Those two band preamps are not very good IMO, the sansamp is a better preamp.
     
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    I think even those who are quite happy with
    the Wick 2-band [such weirdos do exist ... ]
    would still get blowed away if they tried out
    a BDDI. The SansAmp is just that great.

     
  10. EVOLVEBASS

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    I agree, but don't forget that the SansAmp BDDI is only a 2-band EQ as well. If you want a 3-band, check out the MXR M-80...
     
  11. Grgzilla

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    Bah!
    Spend it like you stole it & buy an EBS Microbass 2.
     
  12. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I agree that SA has something special.
     
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