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FROM SUBTLE TO SATURATED, A STUDIO-GRADE TONE-ENHANCER
The greatest pieces of studio gear studio gear are the ones that add something special to the sound of an instrument, going beyond the job they were designed for and enhancing anything that passes through the circuit. One such piece is the UA 610 preamp, which was the inspiration for the DCX Bass. This retro console preamp is famous for adding vintage, analogue colour to a signal, as well as precise control of level and EQ. Push the level harder and you get rich, harmonic saturation of the kind that makes analogue hardware a must-have in any present-day studio.
The DCX Bass reimagines this classic preamp as a tone-shaper and drive pedal for bass guitar, with a wide range of clean and overdrive tones, EQ frequencies optimised for the instrument, and our Adaptive Circuitry providing a treble response that reacts to playing dynamics. It’s a signal-boosting, tone-enhancing pedal straight from the studio!
The DCX Bass’s EQ and OD modes provide a massive range of gain, ranging from clean boosts and direct-to-console sounds, through to edge-of-breakup and low gain drives, all the way to almost fuzz-like tones, reminiscent of a retro recording console with the input gain cranked. It does all this with the ability to stay completely flat all the way across the frequency spectrum, just like a great recording preamp.
In EQ mode, our Adaptive Circuitry allows the top end response to stay completely flat with the pedal set clean, with a subtle treble roll-off gradually increasing as the tone begins to overdrive. This works in response to playing dynamics and guitar volume knob changes, resulting in a seamless transition between warmer overdrive tones and sparkling cleans. When in OD mode, this top end roll-off is always active, regardless of signal level or playing dynamics.
The VOICE switch selects between three different amounts of treble roll-off, letting you really finesse the response of the DCX Bass.
The L.F. and H.F. knobs give precise control over bass and treble at frequencies specifically chosen for bass guitar. These controls have been specially designed to deliver powerful EQ shaping, without sacrificing low-end clarity or overemphasising upper harmonics. Boost bass without your tone getting muddy. Boost treble without exaggerating the harsh edges of an overdriven signal. Perfect for tweaking your clean boost, balancing different basses or carving out a unique overdriven tone.
The DCX Bass is the kind of pedal that really lets the player find their own use for it. High-fidelity clean boosts can tweak your tone without drastically altering it. Subtle overdrive can breathe life and personality into a DI tone. And full-on retro saturation oozes character in a way that only classic analogue circuitry can. Like the best vintage studio gear, the DCX Bass is built to inspire.
Video Review: DCX Bass Tone Shaper & Drive
|Weight (kg)||0.57 kg|
|Jacks position on top||Yes|
|Power Supply||9 Volt|
|Digital or Analog||Analog|
|Current Draw, mA||90|
|Input Impedance, kΩ||1000|
|Output Impedance, Ω||1000|
|Best For||Bass Guitars |