Connect with us

Gear News

New Gear: Bergantino Audio Systems Introduces the Super Pre

Published

on

New Gear: Bergantino Audio Systems Introduces the Super Pre

Bergantino Audio Systems Super Pre, the ever-expansive, ultimate toolbox for bass players to dial in their ideal sound…

Bergantino Audio Systems has unveiled their latest innovation from creator Jim Bergantino with the release of the new Super Pre. Amazingly expansive and remarkably encompassing, the Super Pre covers all ranges of your sound. From enhancing your clean tone, to adding gain, to offering a wide range of compression, to the precise control of your EQ, to wielding bold distortions, overdrives, and fuzzes, this powerful unit the size of a cigar box has you covered. Whether you’re hitting the stage or the studio, this is the tool that will make your sound distinctively you. 

With the evolution of the gigging bass player in mind, the Super Pre was designed for low enders of all levels and styles to have the freedom of taking their tone with them wherever they go. This is the perfect addition to any pedal chain and amp setup, but also functions as a standalone DI for those situations where you need to plug in and play without compromising any bit of your sound. Compact in size and durable enough for even the most extreme of road warriors, the Super Pre fits in your gig bag, backpack, carry on, and on your pedalboard with ease. Instead of hauling around a number of EQ’s, tuner, compressors, overdrives, distortions and fuzzes, this single unit will cover all of that for you and more. 

Boasting endless possibilities, this unit offers all of the grit and power of big tube amp sound thanks to the DSP Embedded System Controlled Bass Amplifier, Bergantino’s BFT drive circuits, and programmable filters including a Bright Switch, Variable High-Pass Filter, Variable Low-Pass Filter, and Variable Feedback filter. The EQ possibilities are limitless thanks to the revolutionary Bergantino Speaker-File EQ System and 4-Band Multifunction EQ with adjustable frequency range and “Q,” which is all scene savable like all of the options on the Super Pre. Regardless of the genre you play or the size of the stage you step onto, this unit has you covered. 

With 21 savable scenes, you’re able to dial in the exact tones you want and have them ready to go with a simple tap. Featuring 3 memory switches on the face of the box that each contain 8 individual banks, you can program enough sounds to cover every range of low end glory that you desire. Perfect for players who use different basses during their sets or in the studio, or for those who change their sounds within the matter of a song, the Super Pre will make sure your tone remains consistent.  

With an ultra-crisp and easy-to-read OLED display and a user-friendly interface to navigate the system, the Super Pre doesn’t require flipping through the manual every time you use it. We understand that when you’re on the stage and in the studio, you don’t have time to troubleshoot your gear or Google solutions in a pinch. With six knobs, two buttons, and four footswitches, the Super Pre is easy to use so that you don’t have to compromise your creativity or your groove in the moment of inspiration. 

The same BFT technology that is featured in the Bergantino Forté D comes equipped in this unit along with all of the overdrive, distortion, and fuzz in all of its glory. With overdrive that cops that old school tube tone, you get all of the dirt and grit that excites harmonics and cuts through all frequencies from high to low. Leave it on and adjust the gain to make it your permanent tone or crank it up to push your speakers to shake the walls. Give your fingertips some electricity! 

The 4-Band Multifunction EQ covers your bass, low mid, high mid, and treble, all with adjustable frequency centers to give you absolute control over your tone. With the EQ functions of the Super Pre, you can decide how customizable you want to get. Choose your center point and the Q (the width of the frequencies) to dial it in even further. Additionally, the revolutionary Bergantino Speaker-File EQ System is flexible to the point where the EQ bands can overlap each other using the four EQ points and the Bright control. And as far as the Bright control, you can be heavy handed or subtle by adjusting it from 1db of boost to 12dbs. For upright and acoustic players, the Software selectable Input Impedance allows you to take it from 1 meg to 10 megs to match the impedance of the pickup and achieve a coherent tone with more presence that cuts.   

While most compressions merely limit and shrink your tone, Bergantino gives you the choice of a serial or parallel VRC compressor. Like syrup on your tone that actually thickens your notes, you can use the parallel compression, which splits the signal and runs 50% through the compressor and 50% as your clean, or the serial, which grabs 100% of the signal and compresses all of it. You can even use it as a subtle volume boost with the make up gain available.   

Main Features

  • Lightweight and durable casing
  • Ultra-crisp and easy-to-read OLED display
  • Two Studio-Quality DIs – Pre and Post, Latency compensated
  • Revolutionary Bergantino Speaker-File EQ System
  • 4-Band Multifunction EQ with adjustable frequency range and “Q”
  • DSP Embedded System Controlled Bass Amplifier
  • Software selectable Input Impedance
  • User choice of serial or parallel VRC compressor
  • Global Gain (-6db to +6db – scene savable)
  • Programmable Filters: Bright Switch, Variable High-Pass Filter, Variable Low-Pass Filter, Variable Feedback filter

Additional Features

  • Built-in Chromatic Tuner
  • Auxiliary Input and Headphone jacks: for personal monitor and practice use
  • Programmable Effects Send and Return Loop (scene savable)
  • Pre Amp Line Output – (Level adjustable – 0db to +6db)
  • Selectable Phase Output (Normal or Reverse)
  • USB port: allows software upgrades/Speaker-File loads and more

Price

Bergantino Super Pre:  $699.00

For more visit: bergantino.com

Gear News

New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

Published

on

New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

New from Elrick Bass Guitars, Headless Series added to Custom Lineup…

Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

Headless bass guitars share these features with the traditional headstock series:

24 frets + zero fret
exotic wood top
hand-rubbed oil finish
2-way adjustable truss rod
custom Bartolini pickups
custom Bartolini 3-band preamp
fully shielded control cavity
Hipshot bridge
Dunlop Straploks
Elrick Fundamental strings

The headless option can now be selected when submitting custom order requests via the form on elrick.com, contacting the Elrick Sales Office directly, or working with your favorite Elrick dealer.

Continue Reading

Gear News

Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

Published

on

Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

Continue Reading

Gear News

New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

Published

on

New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

Continue Reading

Gear News

New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

Published

on

New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

Continue Reading

Gear News

New Gear: Phil Jones Bass Compact Plus BG-450

Published

on

Phil Jones Bass Compact Plus BG-450

Compact Plus BG-450…

The Compact Plus BG-450 is the pinnacle of PJB’s line of small and lightweight powerful compact bass combos and will be available for purchase on February 5th.  It is the same size as PJB’s C-4 speaker enclosure with a power amplifier that will reach up to 500 Watts with four internal 5” drivers. Available in black and red, the BG-450 contains the latest proprietary PJB chrome dome drivers which are the most efficient five-inch speakers ever engineered by PJB. The result is a perfect pairing of power and driver efficiency that makes it the best-sounding 4×5 combo ever made by PJB and, remarkably, with less weight. It has an incredible punchy sound that cuts through air as “a knife through butter” with a solid and powerful low-end response normally associated with a much larger combo.

In the heart of this amp lies a formidable ultra-high-energy power supply using a Class D power amplifier for high efficiency which equals less heat and less weight, and is coupled with a pure Class-A, ultra-low noise preamp. This combination completes a power section that achieves a massive dynamic range that allows the player to attain the best tone in any playing situation.  

The pre-amp design includes a single channel equipped with a variable gain input section that matches precisely with both active and passive basses. It also features a mute switch and the classic PJB 5-band precision EQ system that achieves the broadest range of tones imaginable with just 5 controls. This allows the player to effortlessly locate their perfect tone within seconds. 

The send /return FX patch can be blended to the direct signal allowing even more tonal opportunities. A secondary AUX input allows for practicing along with backing tracks via a 1/8” stereo jack. Back panel features include a Line Output jack that allows the BG-450 to be used in slave mode coupled with one or multiple amps, and a line input that provides the ability for an external pre-amp to be connected if desired.

The DI balanced out can be pre or post-EQ and offers a ground lift to avoid problematic hum. Speaker output is via a Speakon NL4 socket perfectly matched to run a C4 or C8 cabinet. The amp can run on any AC voltage from 100 volts to 240 volts.

The Compact Plus puts out a punchy 300 watts into its own speakers and up to 500 watts when connected to an external cabinet. The product dimensions are 14.21”(W)x14.25”(H)x13.24”(D) with a Net Weight: of 31 lbs. The BG-450 at max power will cover a wide variety of playing situations. For environments that demand much higher volume, PJB recommends a BP-800 amp with PJB cabinets, or a BG-800 Roadcase as powerful alternatives.

Visit online at www.pjbworld.com

Continue Reading

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Facebook

Trending