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Yamaha PB1 Bass-preamp - Anyone here uses it for recording?
Old 7th February 2009
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Yamaha PB1 Bass-preamp - Anyone here uses it for recording?


Today I were given a Yamaha PB1 bass-preamp... for free

I know that alot of people rave about it for first stage of a live rig - but is it also usable for recording?

Anyone here uses it for this purpose? How does it compare to other DIs like U5 or Reddi?

And in which way do you use it? Just for shaping the tone before going into another DI or just line out into the converter?

I could imagine that it would be great to use the X-over outs to go to different pres... maybe low / low mid to Neve and mid / high to BG (or something similar)

Thanks for your help
Old 9th February 2009
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Old 15th September 2009
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PERFECT for recording!

LUCKY DAY my friend! The PB1 should be just about perfect for recording bass and you don't need a DI box, just connect the BP1's XLR output directly to your mixer/recorder and be happy!
Old 7th January 2016
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๐ŸŽง 5 years
I know , this is OLD,
A neat trick with the PB1 is to use the main output into one channel, then use the HPF out put in to a 2nd, with the Parametric Eq kill every thing below 200hz. really neat preamp to record with so many different routing options.
Old 6th July 2017
Gear Nut
๐ŸŽง 5 years
I'm a PLUS 1 for the PB1 too.
Couldn't believe it - a friend sent one to me so I put it up against my 1073 Neves, API 3124 AND my Avalon 737 (running a Fender P Bass, round wounds).

Switched the files, listened "blindfolded" - picked the PB1 every time.
Guess it goes to show - a piece of equipment DESIGNED for a particular sound source can be way less expensive and more effective than something that has to function well with multiple sound sources all over the tonal & textural map.
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