Palmer (press release May 9, 2016)
Compact preamp for e-bass
The Palmer BASS POCKET AMP is a multifunctional floor pedal and preamp that will appeal to bassists and is perfect for recording or as a practice amp. It can be used for either active or passive bass. The pedal works perfectly with a power amplifier or a channel strip on a mixer. The compact BASS POCKET AMP is also well suited as a pure headphone amp.
The sound formation can be adjusted very effectively, with regulators for bass (center@90 Hz), treble (center@7 kHz), and semi-parametric regulation for mid-range (150 to 8 kHz). Adjustable cabinet modulation enables a selection of three different frequency curves (flat, modern, vintage) and the mode switch lets the user choose between clean, overdrive and fuzz.
The input side has jacks for Bass In (reduction is possible for active bass guitars) and Bass Thru (feeds the input signal through). Stereo signals can be fed in via Aux In (mini-jack) and these can be listened to in stereo via the headphone jack (mini-jack).
On the output side, one has the choice between a symmetrical XLR jack (DI out) with pre- and post-selection to avoid sound adjustment and cabinet simulations. The 6.3 mm jack can be connected to the amplifier directly. External processors can be fed in via the FX-insert interface – although the integrated saturation simulation should actually be enough in many cases.
The stable and noiseless foot pedal can be used to switch between two settings. If the sliding switch is in the bypass position, the BASS POCKET AMP will be taken out of the signal stream completely, along with all settings and simulations. If the MUTE position is chosen, the bass can be tuned noiselessly (Bass Thru is always active) or the instrument can be switched without causing irritating noises.
The Palmer BASS POCKET AMP is operated with a 9-volt adapter (PW9V) or a standard 9-volt block battery. Doubling the internal operating current to 18 volts improves the dynamics and performance of the headphone amplifier.