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Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Bass Preacher

Electro-Harmonix Bass PreacherElectro-Harmonix unveiled the Bass Preacher at the Winter NAMM Show this year. The compact compressor/sustainer pedal is designed specifically for bass guitar to manipulate its dynamics.

It begins with input sensitivity ranges from -10 dBu to +2 dBu, which EHX says makes it ideal for passive and active basses. The Bass Preacher has Volume and Sustain knobs with a three-way switch to toggle between Attack modes. Sustain controls the compression, and Attack sets the compression’s timing. “In Fast mode the compression engages immediately and produces an intensely squashed sound,” the company writes. “In Slow mode the compression engages more slowly, allowing more initial transients to come thru. The Medium mode is a compromise between the two attack envelopes.”

Other features include true bypass switching, a maximum gain reduction of 21db, and a die-cast enclosure. It runs on either a nine-volt battery or power supply. The Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher is available now with a street price around $80.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Details:

Compact compressor designed especially for bass guitar
Input sensitivity ranges from -10 dBu to +2 dBu making it a perfect fit for both passive and active basses of varying output levels
Maximum gain reduction of 21 dB, with enough make-up gain to return your signal to full volume at maximum sustain (compression)
Attack toggle switch changes the timing of the onset of compression and provides three selectable settings: Fast, Medium and Slow
True bypass for maximum signal path integrity when in bypass mode
Tough, compact die-cast package
9-Volt battery included
Optional EHX9.6DC-200mA power supply available
Dimensions in inches: 2.75 (w) x 4.5 (l) x 2.1 (h)

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