The BackBeat is a truly masterful innovation for all bassists!
So what exactly is the BackBeat?
Well, imagine you are playing a gig and you can’t hear the bass very well, let alone feel the pulse of the bass coming from your rig. BackBeat takes care of that.
Now, imagine you can hear the bass, but you have that extra punch of adrenaline from the excitement of doing the gig, BackBeat can add to that excitement!
BackBeat is a device that attaches to your strap and as you play your bass, it produces a vibration that you can feel, and you can adjust the amount of vibration.
I was lucky enough to see the BackBeat from its infancy, through the changes to what the final product is today. It has gone through rigorous changes and been used by some of the top bassists in the industry
The BackBeat is powered by a rechargeable 11.1V 3-cell Lithium Ion battery. The charge takes about an hour and 20 minutes and will last anywhere from 3 1/2 hours to 5 hours on a single charge. I used it on a few gigs, including a 4 hour gig and it held its charge throughout the entire time.
The BackBeat has quite a few features including what I call the ‘thump’ factor.
A 1/8” TRS headphone output, which has adjustable volume, is included along with an 1/8” TRS aux input, so while you are practicing or jamming along with tunes, you can still get wowed with the thump factor.
In addition to that, the 1/4” input, which is red to help identify the input and black to identify the output, can accept either 1/4” TS or TRS inputs. The TR is mono and the TRS is stereo. The output is a 1/4” TS mono output. Should you be using the BackBeat for a long period of time, the unit is true bypass, so even if it runs out of juice, it will not affect the signal running through the device. The BackBeat comes with an AC Adapter for recharging the unit and the LED is green when charging, and blue when the device is activated.
BackBeat fits on any strap and the spring tension is tight enough that the BackBeat will not slip off of your strap.
You really can’t go wrong with the BackBeat, it is an essential tool for all bassists that once you start using it, you won’t want to be without it.
BackBeat is available through their website at getbackbeat.com