Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI

Ashdown Origin HD-1 Bass Head

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.

Ashdown Origin Valve DIThe 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
Weight:5.2 lbs

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

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