EBS MicroBass II 2-Channel Bass Preamp DI Pedal Meta-Review (Discontinued)

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$350
EBS MicroBass II

EBS MicroBass II

Don't let the label fool you, the EBS MicroBass II is no small or compact preamp, rather it is a full featured dual channel preamp and DI Box.

It comes packed with knobs and switches, giving extensive control over the resulting sound and tone shaping. It has switchable "tube emulation" circuitry that is based on the ones used on EBS' bass amplifier heads. This allows the pedal to replicate everything from solid state clean sound to distorted timbres.

With its A/B channel switcher and blender, you get flexible signal routing that allows the use of two different bass guitars, processing of a stereo/split signal and much more. Send and return ports are also available, allowing you to route your pedals the way you would with an actual amp.

Other features include low battery indicator, headphone out and effects mix.

Specifications

  • Preamp: 2-Channel Solidstate Preamp
  • Controls: Channel Switch, Volume, FX Mix, Drive, Edge, Boost, Filter, Tube Sim, -10dB Pad
  • EQ: Freq, Middle, Treble, Bass, Bright
  • DI Function: Balanced xLR Out
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Input: 2 x 1/4"input, 1 x FX Return
  • Output: 1 x XLR (Balanced), 1 x 1/4", 1 x FX Send, 1 x 1/4" Link
  • Power: 9V DC Power Adapter
  • Dimensions: 2.3" x 6.0" x 4.3"
  • Weight: 1.95 lbs

 

Here's what I found when I analyzed customer and expert reviews:

 

Pros

Flexibility and tone versatility were the two most commonly mentioned features by users who were impressed by the EBS MicroBass II. While it complements rock music well with it's cutting tone, many experienced users noted that it can provide them with a wide variety of sounds that can cover other musical styles. Some users describe it as an all-in-one preamp solution, that can be used on stage, in the studio and even for practice via its myriad of output options.

Cons

There weren't that many complaints about this preamp, aside from the few who didn't like the modern flavor of the overdrive. There were also those who wished that the price tag was more affordable.

Overall

If you're looking for an all-in-one compact bass preamp solution, then the EBS MicroBass II is perfect for you.