Ashdown debuted the Origin series at NAMM this year, including a 300-watt bass amplifier and a tube preamp and DI pedal. Both units are designed to be “lightweight, portable and stripped back” for a strong yet streamlined bass signal.
The Origin amp starts with an active/passive input switch and effects loop. It has a five-band EQ section with Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid, and Treble knobs. A Shape control adds more overall tonal sculpting with high and low boosts. The amp has a front-facing XLR output while the back panel has a headphone output and two speaker outputs.
The Origin Valve Pre-DI pedal has the same EQ section as the amp, but adds a tube drive section with Level and Gain controls. “Dependent on your playing style and attack, by tweaking the Drive Gain and Level controls in harmony, you can range from a subtle gritty valve depth that can be used regularly, to a fully responsive bass overdrive for when those moments strike,” Ashdown writes. It also has an XLR output with a ground lift, plus a headphone output and auxiliary input.
The Ashdown Origin HD-1 bass amp will have a U.S. price of $399, while the Origin Valve DI will go for $349.
Ashdown Origin HD-1 Bass Head Specs:
|Power Output:||300 Watts|
|Power Requirement:||115 - 230 Volts|
|Speaker Outputs:||2 x Jack|
|High Instrument Input:||Impedance 3.9m Ohms, input range 150mV - 20mV p-p|
|Low Instrument Input:||Impedance - 1M ohms Input range 150mv to 10v p - p|
|Line Input:||Impedance 10k Ohms, input range 300mV - 40V p-p|
|DI Output:||600 Ohm balanced / Level -20dBu nominal|
|Impedance:||Minimum 4 Ohm|
|Signal to noise:||Better than 80dB (EQ flat)|
|EQ:||Bass +/-15dB @ 100Hz Lo Mid +/-15dB @ 220Hz Middle +/-15dB @ 660Hz Hi Mid +/-15dB @ 1.6kHz Treble +/-15dB @ 7kHz|
|Effects Send:||impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal|
|Effects Return:||impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal|
Ashdown Origin Valve DI Specs:
|Power Requirement:||18v External Power Supply|
|EQ:||5-band EQ, bass, low-mid, middle, hi-mid and treble|
|Distortion:||12AX7 powered Valve Drive|