A lot of bass players are ditching their big heavy amp heads and 4x10 cabs and instead using a good preamp pedal to get their signal to the speaker system at a gig, or directly into the interface in a studio.
Studio Grade Bass Tone
LR Baggs have not spared any expense in putting this studio-grade bass DI together. You can take those high quality preamp sounds to the stage with you so that night after night, you get a killer punchy tone.
Of course, you could use the preamp in studio too. So the next time you sit in on a session, getting your bass sound is as easy as plugging in and playing.
Tone Shaping Tools
The Stadium Bass DI goes beyond a normal preamp that would typically only have EQ and gain on it by adding things like:
- Fat Switch Slider
- Growl knob
- Comp EQ
So with those additional knobs, you can sculpt your sound to be as dirty or as clean as you want it to be. The comp EQ creates a smooth evenness across your frequencies so that no high squeaks or mid pops will steal the limelight.
If you are worried about changing between your active and passive bass, then the VU meter will clearly light up to show you how much gain is being used. You can then optimise the settings depending on your pickups.
Here's what LR Baggs say about the Stadium Bass DI
Studio-Grade Bass DI for the Stage
Originally developed by the bass playing engineers at LR Baggs for their own use, the Stadium Electric Bass DI infuses your signal with a blend of studio-grade circuitry and a vibrant palette of unique, tone shaping tools. Composed of carefully selected, “top shelf” components, the all-discrete electronics provide a level of fidelity that rivals even the most sought after studio DIs. Then engage the effects to unveil an expansive range of colorful tones shaped by just a few powerful and easy-to-use controls. Built in a rugged enclosure constructed of aluminum, steel, and ABS plastic, the Stadium DI ensures over-the-top reliability for life on the road. Hand assembled in California.
Unlike overdrives that employ full-range distortion, the Growl saturates a focused range of low frequencies, enhancing warmth and creating harmonically rich overtones without too much breakup. The effect compliments dynamics and is responsive to even the lightest touch, providing just the right amount of edge to cut through the mix. For added versatility, a paired Drive button pushes the Growl to a full-range overdrive.
The Comp EQ features 3 bands of compression for bringing evenness to your tone while retaining the natural feel of your playing dynamics. The low, mid, and high frequency compressors are essentially “touch-sensitive” EQs that respond in real time as you play. The harder you dig in, the more they compress and vice versa.
This highly specific EQ affects a unique, medium sized bandwidth to adjust the attack of the strings for a wide range of tones, covering all playing styles. Sweep left for warmer, muted jazz tones or right for added clarity and a punchier attack.
Growl control adds low end distortion for thickness and rich, harmonic content
Drive button pushes the Growl to a full overdrive
Comp EQ enhances the feel of playing while evening out your tone
Attack sweeps between a wide range of warmth, clarity, and everywhere in between
Fat switch boosts 150Hz +3dB or +6dB for a fuller, rounded tone
VU meter visually optimizes gain for passive and active pickups
All-discrete signal path with XLR and quarter inch outputs
48V phantom power, 9V battery, or 9V DC powering options
Pad boosts or cuts XLR out (-10dBV or +4dBu) to meet the needs of the PA
Ground lift switch effectively eliminates ground-loop noise
Rugged enclosure constructed of aluminum, steel, and ABS plastic