Radial BassboneItem ID: Bassbone
Bass Preamp/DI with Two Channels, Effects Loop, and Balanced XLR Output
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A Tonebone for Bass!The Radial Bassbone is a bass-themed addition to the wildly popular Tonebone series of pedals and direct injection interfaces. The Bassbone provides two channels of bass-shaping abilities with a powerful and flexible 3-band EQ, independent level controls for both channels, and a boost function that adds gain for soloing. An effects loop, tuner out, and balanced XLR output round out the feature set. The previous guitar-centric Tonebones have found their way into the rigs of the world's hottest guitarists, and the Bassbone is proving to be popular with leading bassists.
Radial Bassbone at a Glance:
Great for two-bass stage setups
Today, with the collision of so many musical genres, the performing bassist generally requires two instruments to meet the demand for tonal range. Often times, the choice of instruments will include a passive vintage instrument like an old Fender P-Bass and a new generation five or six string active. Both instruments are at extreme odds with respect to tonal range and output level. The problem occurs when swapping these instruments on stage whereby the amplifier settings must be reset to conform to each instrument's particular sound. So how do bassists address the problem? They don't. They have been forced to compromise. Until now...
Two sounds from one bass
When performing with one bass, the challenge comes down to achieving a greater palette of sounds to address the various musical styles required when playing cover tunes or creating new musical landscapes. This is partially addressed with two channel amplifiers, but playing with one bass still forces a compromise with respect to EQ control and limited access to boost settings for soloing - Bassbone solves both problems.
When only one bass is connected, the Bassbone converts to a two-channel controller with a footswitch to toggle between channels. Channel-1 drives your amp directly with regular settings while Channel-2's ultra powerful 3-band EQ lets you shape alternate sounds from thunderous deep bass to solo-cutting power mids. Bassbone also includes a power boost section that acts on either channel, giving you four completely different settings with one bass! Finally - real control when you play!
Another major concern for bass players is bringing effect pedals in and out of the signal chain. Bass frequencies are the most powerful and demanding of any signal path. This is why bass amplifiers generally require two to four times more power than the accompanying guitar amplifier. The same law of physics also applies at the electronic circuit level. This forces circuit designers to make decisions such as compromising dynamic range versus noise, using higher quality parts versus saving money and so on. The problem with most 9-Volt effect pedals is that they do not have sufficient headroom to produce clean, solid bass. As these are typically not true bypass designs, bass players are forced to compromise by keeping these effects in the signal chain even when not in use. This causes the signal to degrade and adds noise.
Bassbone comes to the rescue with a separate effect send-and-receive loop that can be activated with a simple footswitch. The effects loop can even be combined with the boost circuit, so cool effects such as flanging or chorus can be instantly kicked in for solos.
Great for small intimate gigs
When performing in small 'coffee house' gigs, bringing an amplifier may be cumbersome. The bass is often plugged into a direct box and then fed directly into a mixer which feeds the house speakers and stage monitors. Although this set up can get you by, it just does not sound right. The problem is the mixer's EQ center frequencies are tailored for general purpose (i.e., microphones for voice, percussion and instruments) and as such, the bass player is unable to achieve a 'real' bass sound. Bassbone gives you back the control to get your tone out there!
The Bassbone is essentially a 2-channel bass preamp with a built-in balanced XLR output for the mixer. This means that the EQ controls have been designed specifically for bass guitar frequencies so that you can get great sounds easily. This also means that you can connect the Bassbone to your mixer and have total control over your sound going through the PA. As the XLR out is post-effect, all changes such as channel selection, EQ, boost and effects are all sent to the mixer. It's like having your own personal sound engineer!
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Henry, Marion, IL
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
by Cypress fromIncredible sound Very nice tone!
May 11, 2013
Great box for basses
by Stephen Campbell from Hill Country of Central TexasI love the sound I get out of this little box! Using my fretless electric and my upright through it, I don't have to use an amp! Straight into the board and it always sounds great, regardless of which... read more [+] bass I am playing at the time. close [-]
February 1, 2012
Music Background: Semi Pro Musician, Live sound engineer
Works well for what it says it does
by P. J. George from Nashville, TN USAThis Di/Preamp, does exactly what it claims to, and does it very well.
October 24, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
I'm using an upright and an electric with it onstage and it sounds very good
Throw the bass a bone
by John from Cincinnati, OH USAI expected better from Radial. My biggest complaint is this pedal will not work with batteries, or phantom power. It uses a very uncommon voltage (15v). There is no way to get the wall wart out of ... read more [+]the picture. Also the power cable for the unit is very short and wimpy (invest in an extension cord) I don't understand why it couldn't work on phantom power like a good active DI should. I play about 100 shows a year and have used this pedal in a multitude of settings over the last three years. I still take it out if I need to play upright and bass guitar on the same show and can only take one (or no) amp. Issues aside it works well as a DI (especially with passive and acoustic basses). However it will seriously color (and compress) your sound. close [-]
October 18, 2012
Music Background: Musician
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