Ashdown Engineering OriginAL - Valve-Pre DI



Ashdown Engineering

We’ve have taken things back to the key fundamentals of everything that makes a great bass amp with The Origin bass head. Offered in a beautifully formatted pedal form, The Origin Valve Pre-DI Pedal is a valve driven pre-amplifier pedal like no other.

The Origin beautifully shapes the bass player’s clean signal whilst offering a foot-switchable valve powered overdrive in a single compact unit. Crystal clear cleans and powerful overdriven growl, The Origin encompasses it all. 

Setting the Level

Your instrument’s signal is enhanced from the moment you plug in. The -3dB Pad switch determines whether the pedal is being used with a high or low output instrument and sets a clear signal path to the input control. With the signal at its optimal level, you then hit a defined set of features designed to enhance your tone. The Origin features a tried and tested 5-band EQ, varying the bass, low-mid, middle, hi-mid and treble. 

Real Valve Overdrive

The ‘Drive Gain’ control lets the player dial in the precise level of gain required, whilst the ‘Drive Level’ knob allows you to decide just how much volume you want. 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. 

Whatever your desired output, the 12AX7 powered Valve Drive switch can be selected instantly by foot.

It’s Showtime!

When it’s really time to shine, the ‘Showtime’ foot switch further sculpts your tone, lifting the frequencies that really count – like a smiley face on a graphic equalizer.

The output control regulates the output volume of the preamp pedal, whilst on the rear-end of the pedal, a DI out allows for the pedal to be fed the house, post EQ/Drive. A handy Ground Lift on the front of the pedal reduces the associated noise when connecting two signal paths.

Perfect for Practice

The 18-volt Origin pedal features an extremely useful headphone socket allowing for silent practice during those late night hotel room rehearsals, whilst the Line Input means you can jam along with your favorite tracks – the perfect practice device.

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