10 Best Bass Preamps

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# Image Name Brand Price
1 Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp Direct Box with Overdrive Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp Direct Box with Overdrive
(Editor’s Choice)
Hartke $$$$$ Check price
2 BEHRINGER V-TONE BASS DRIVER DI BDI21 BEHRINGER V-TONE BASS DRIVER DI BDI21
(Best value for the money)
Behringer $$$$$ Check price
3 MXR M81 Bass Preamp MXR M81 Bass Preamp JIM DUNLOP $$$$$ Check price
4 Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal Ampeg $$$$$ Check price
5 MXR M80 Bass D.I.+ MXR M80 Bass D.I.+ JIM DUNLOP $$$$$ Check price
6 Gallien-Krueger PLEX Preamp Gallien-Krueger PLEX Preamp - 4 Band Active Preamp Pedal Gallien-Krueger $$$$$ Check price
7 Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Effect Pedal with Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Effect Pedal with Overdrive and 3 Band EQ with 9av Power Adapter and Instrument Cable Aguilar $$$$$ Check price
8 Ampeg SCRDI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive Ampeg SCRDI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive Ampeg $$$$$ Check price
9 Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Aguilar $$$$$ Check price
10 Rockville PPA20 Preamp Professional 1U Rack Mount Pre-Amplifier w/Crossover+EQ Rockville PPA20 Preamp Professional 1U Rack Mount Pre-Amplifier w/Crossover+EQ Rockville $$$$$ Check price

Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp Direct Box with Overdrive – Best Overall Bass Preamp

Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp Direct Box with Overdrive
  • Bass preamp and direct box with overdrive
  • Shape EQ circuit with Frequency and Amount control
  • Bass and Treble knobs with Contour EQ switch
  • Overdrive effect with Mix wet/dry control
  • Powered via two AA batteries, AC adapter (sold separately) or phantom power

BEHRINGER V-TONE BASS DRIVER DI BDI21 – Best Budget Bass Preamp

BEHRINGER V-TONE BASS DRIVER DI BDI21
  • Analog modeling bass preamp/stompbox with DI recording output
  • This BEHRINGER product has been designed to compete head to head with leading products on the market
  • Authentic V-TONE modeling technology capable of dialing up big vintage tube tones, funky slap sounds, crunchy distortions and all in between
  • Provides a truckload of great amps in a single stomp box-from traditional bass amps to modern overdriven amp tones that would typically require a multitude of effects units
  • Authentic tube emulation circuitry can be mixed with the direct bass signal via blend control

MXR M81 Bass Preamp

MXR M81 Bass Preamp
  • Separate INPUT & OUTPUT level controls
  • 3-band EQ section with sweep able midrange
  • Studio-quality Direct Out

Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal

Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal
  • Delivers a wide range of authentic Ampeg tones
  • Classic 3-band tone stack plus volume
  • Ultra-thin and ultra-lo circuits for tonal flexibility
  • True bypass, analog design with incredible signal-to-noise ratio
  • Roadworthy all-metal chassis construction

MXR M80 Bass D.I.+

MXR M80 Bass D.I.+
  • Distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls
  • Color knob
  • 3-band EQ and Phantom power

Gallien-Krueger PLEX Preamp

Gallien-Krueger PLEX Preamp
  • Four-band active EQ and Contour Control of the classic 800RB Selectable Voicing Filters for expanded tone shaping possibilities Compressor with variable ratio, threshold and attack/release time Chromatic tuner with large LED display Boost with variable clipping and level Aux. input Headphone output Direct XLR output with ground lift and pre/post selector USB in/out for MIDI, direct recording and re-amp capability Effects send and return
  • Combining the proven tone shaping of GK's legendary bass amplifiers with state of the art technology to deliver an impressive feature set, the PLEX is the next generation of bass preamp
  • In addition to the four-band Active/Variable Q equalizer that has been a favorite of professional bass players for over 40 years, the PLEX incorporates the tools the modern bass player has come to rely on for the stage and studio, all in a pedal board friendly package
  • Foot switchable Compressor, Chromatic Tuner and Boost, Aux input, Phones Output, XLR output with pre/post and ground lift, FX loop and USB output make the PLEX the solution for any playing situation
  • Expanded Voicing Options Every knob of the PLEX features push activated functions that allow the user to tailor every nuance of their sound beyond the range of traditional tone controls

Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Effect Pedal with

Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box Effect Pedal with
  • Inputs/Outputs: (1) 1/4" Input, (1) 1/4" and (1) XLR Outputs
  • Model: Tone Hammer
  • Series: (2) 9V Batteries , Phantom Power or Power Adapter
  • Controls: 3 Band EQ, Ground Lift Switch, Pre/Post DI Switch, Engage Switch, AGS Switch

Ampeg SCRDI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive

Ampeg SCRDI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive
  • Bass preamp pedal with EQ, tone controls, and Bass Scrambler Overdrive
  • Send your tone direct to a PA or recording system with the balanced XLR output
  • Send a split of your signal to monitors or your amp with the 1/4" outputs
  • Creates a wide range of iconic Ampeg bass tones
  • Perfect for practice, with 1/8" aux input to jam along with your music player

Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box

Aguilar Tone Hammer Bass Preamp Direct Box
  • Footswitchable 3-band EQ with sweepable midrange frequencies
  • Overdrive circuit
  • Flexible gain structure, can drive a power amp!
  • Switchable pre/post eq balanced output
  • Ground lift switch

Rockville PPA20 Preamp Professional 1U Rack Mount Pre-Amplifier w/Crossover+EQ

Rockville PPA20 Preamp Professional 1U Rack Mount Pre-Amplifier w/Crossover+EQ
  • Rockville PPA20 Rack Mount Pre-Amplifier. 1U Rack Size. 1/4" microphone input. RCA PHONO / AUX1 / AUX2 / AUX3 / AUX4 / AUX5 inputs. 1/4" headphone output. RCA REC / LINE outputs. XLR master output ( left, right ). Headphone volume & Microphone volume controls. 3 band EQ (Treble / Mid / Bass). Master volume. L / R balance. Input source switch. Mono / Stereo switch. Mute.
  • Low cut crossover control allows you to cut off certain frequencies which comes in handy when using turntables, subs, and other gear. This function will allow you to play your music louder, with lower distortion and make your speakers last longer. Treble / Bass control. Loudness compensation circuit which at low-to-medium volume boosts the bass and treble response. Tape Monitor . Ground lift switch.
  • Unit dimensions: 18.89" x 6.49" x 1.73" inches. Unit weight: 4.43 lbs. Shipping dimensions: 20.47" x 8.46" x 4.33" inches. Shipping weight: 5.73 lbs. 110/220 switchable power supply (fuse: 0.2A)
  • Inputs Sensitivity/Impedance. Mic: 1mV / 3 Kohms. Phono: 3mV / 47 Kohms. Tape, Tuner, CD, Aux: 150mV / 22 Kohms. Output/Impedance. Tape Rec: 150mV / 3 Kohms. Pre Output: max. 11V / 1 Kohms. Total Harmonic Distortation. Mic: less than 0.02%. Phono: less than 0.04%. Tape, Tuner, CD, Aux: less than 0.01%. Signal To Noise Ration. Mic: more than 70 dB. Phono: more than 90 dB. Tape, Tuner, CD, Aux: more than 100 dB.
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz . 30kHz +0, -3 dB. Bass: 12dB at 100Hz. Midrange: 9dB at 1 Hz. Treble: 12dB at 10kHz. Loudness: 9/0/+9dB at 100/1k/10kHz. Mute: 20dB. Power: 120V or 230V, 50/60Hz. Power Consumption: 15W.

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