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Gear Watch: Basswitch IQ DI

Basswitch IQ DIRuppert Musical Instruments has introduced the Basswitch IQ DI, a pedal that the company calls “the bass player’s Swiss knife”. Built in Germany, it serves as an A/B input switcher, a preamp, a clean booster, a parametric EQ, an FX loop switcher, and a D.I. box.

The Basswitch has two inputs, which lead to channels A and B respectively. If you only plug in to input A, there is a channel toggle switch. There is an impedance toggle switch to allow for optimal input levels, be it from an active or passive bass or piezo pickups. Channel A is connected to a preamp and a double parametric EQ, featuring bass, parametric low- and high-mids, and treble controls. Two FX loops are included: a passive serial loop and an active infinitely variable mixing loop. A phase-inverter prevents out-of-phase signals from canceling each other out in parallel mode. A footswitch and a volume control are used in conjunction to create a clean booster upstream of the Mix Loop.

Basswitch IQ DI Demos

Basswitch IQ DI Specs:

  • Weight: 1375g
  • Length: 16.2 cm
  • Width: 22.0 cm
  • Overall height: 4.2 cm
  • Voltage range: 9-20 V AC/DC
  • Power consumption: max. 130 mA
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz – 100 KHz (+/- 0,2dB)
  • Distortion: 0.005 %
  • Input A impedance: 1 MΩ/10 MΩ (switchable)
  • Input B impedance: 1 MΩ
  • Output impedance: 150 Ω
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: -94 dB @ 1 kHz, 0 dBu (A weighted)
  • Max. level: 5V RMS (approx. 16 dBu)
  • Max. gain: +/- 15 dB
  • EQ
  • Bass: +/- 18 db @ 33Hz (peaking)
  • Low Mid: +/- 18 db @ 90 Hz – 500 Hz (peaking)
  • High Mid: +/- 16 dB @ 840Hz – 5.4kHz (peaking)
  • Treble: +/- 18 dB @ 12.5kHz (shelving)

For more information and the owner’s manual, visit the Basswitch website.

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Steve Gaffney

I have to say that watching Florian’s eloquent demonstration of the Bass switch, and having discussed it with several of may bass playing buddies (including the amazing Damian Erskine!) that it would appear that this would be the ideal solution for most bass players. Stand alone…no problem. Multi effects? same. Multi effects with a separate “Dry” DI,,,,ditto! I run mine with a loop station (Boss 20 XL) and would love to be able to sort my sound to use effected loops, bu tdry sols, and vice versa… I think I may have found my solution!! Pleae send details of price and availability!! Wow!! Your public awaits!!