Origin Effects DCX Bass Pedal

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The new DCX Tone Shaping & Drive for bass guitar by Origin Effects

The DCX Bass is a reimagination of this classic preamp, repurposed as a tone-shaping and drive pedal for bass guitar. Optimized with EQ frequencies tailored to the instrument and a wide range of clean and overdrive tones, our Adaptive Circuitry ensures that the treble response reacts to playing dynamics. In essence, the DCX Bass is a pedal that boosts signals and enhances tone – a product that has been plucked straight from the recording studio!

Studio gear that stands out the most are the ones that bring a special touch to an instrument’s sound, going above and beyond their intended use to amplify anything that passes through their circuits. The UA 610 preamp is a prime example of such a piece, inspiring the DCX Bass. Renowned for its ability to add vintage, analog warmth to a signal while also allowing precise level and EQ control, this preamp offers a rich, harmonic saturation when pushed to its limits – a quality that has cemented analog hardware’s importance in present-day studios.

DCX Bass Tone Shaper & Drive features

The DCX Bass offers a vast range of gain, from clean boosts and direct-to-console sounds to edge-of-breakup and low-gain drives, and even to almost fuzz-like tones reminiscent of retro recording consoles with cranked input gains. Throughout this range, the pedal maintains a completely flat frequency response, much like a great recording preamp.

When in EQ mode, the Adaptive Circuitry ensures that the top end response remains flat when the pedal is set to clean, gradually rolling off treble as the tone begins to overdrive. This is dependent on playing dynamics and guitar volume knob changes, resulting in a smooth transition between warm overdrive tones and sparkling cleans. Conversely, when in OD mode, this top end roll-off is constantly active, regardless of signal level or playing dynamics.

Taking inspiration from the legendary UA 610 preamp, the DCX Bass features EQ and OD modes that offer a versatile gain range. Specifically designed for maximum clarity, the EQ controls ensure that each note and nuance can be heard with absolute precision. Additionally, our Adaptive Circuitry responds to playing dynamics, allowing for seamless transitions between tones. The Voice control fine-tunes treble response, providing players with unparalleled control over their sound.

The DCX Bass also boasts an ultra-high input impedance, ensuring that your signal remains pure and uncolored, and a high-quality buffered bypass that maintains your tone even when the pedal is not engaged. Every aspect of the pedal has been crafted using premium components, making it a reliable and long-lasting addition to your pedalboard. Designed and built in England, the DCX Bass embodies the quality and craftsmanship that has come to be expected from British-made gear.

DCX Bass Tone Shaper & Drive specifications

  • Weight 500 g (18oz)
  • Dimensions 124 × 58 × 64 mm (4.8 x 2.5 x 2.3 in.) L x W x H – Includes knobs and switches
  • Input Impedance 1 MΩ
  • Output Impedance 1 kΩ
  • Current Draw 90 mA
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