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Review – Sadowsky Preamp/DI Pedals SBP 1 and SBP 2

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The Sadowsky Sound

“My goal was always to create a plug and play preamp that makes it very easy for the user to dial in a great sound. The sound of a Sadowsky bass has been praised for over 35 years by players, studio engineers, and front of house engineers. The Sadowsky sound has always been the result of a FET circuit, which is the solid-state equivalent of tubes. It is not possible to do cut and boost with a FET circuit, and you cannot adjust mids without affecting the treble and bass curves. However, the sonic results are extraordinary. Mid boost is a tricky issue as excess mids may sound great to the player, but reduce the ability of the bass to cut through in the mix. I have prototyped dozens of opamp circuits with cut and boost controls and mid controls and none of them are able to replicate the famous Sadowsky sound.” —Roger Sadowsky

History of the Sadowsky Preamp: 

“When I started using preamps in basses, NYC session players were looking for ways to cut through better, both live and in the studio. I had started to experiment with circuits from Stars Guitars in San Francisco and later with Bartolini.  After I had installed a few, Marcus Miller came to the shop asking me to do everything I could to improve his bass. In addition to a good fret job, a better bridge, and some electronic shielding, I installed the treble and bass boost FET circuit I was using and “the rest is history”! —Roger Sadowsky

Sadowsky Preamp/DI Pedals SBP 1 and SBP 2 Video Review

[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oGNREwuieA[/svp]

Preamp Basics:

“Our preamp pedals are a way for people to get the Sadowsky sound with basically any other passive or active bass. It’s the same circuit that we use in all Sadowsky basses. When used with basses with existing active tone circuits, we recommend bypassing them if possible or setting all controls flat.” Roger Sadowsky

The Players:

Bass A* Fender P bass with Labella deep talking Flats. Nordy p bass Pickup.

Bass B* Mbasses Brooklyn 5 with Dunlop nickel rounds. Mbasses prototype dual coil pickup.

Bass C* Azola bugbass with Thomastic infeld strings. Piezoelectric pickup.

For more information, visit online at sadowsky.com

 

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

Photo, Laura Baker

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary - June 2024

Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024…

Will Turpin - Bass Musician Magazine - June 2024

I am sure many of you will remember my chat with Will Turpin in 2018 when he released his solo album Serengeti Drivers.

We had a chance to get together again as his band, Collective Soul, is celebrating their 30th anniversary and releasing their new album “Here to Eternity”.

Join me as we get caught up on the new album and all of Collective Soul’s projects, the details about his very own Real To Reel Studios, how Will gets his sound, and all the cool plans and projects going on soon.

Here is Will Turpin!

Photos: Cover, Derek Alldritt | Video Photos, Derek Alldritt, Lee Clower, Brian Collins

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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