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Source Audio ZIO Analog Bass Preamp and DI

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The ZIO Analog Bass Preamp + DI is an ultra-low noise, all-analog tone shaping tool voiced specifically for bass. Bass ZIO offers an expansive range of tonal options in a compact housing with an intuitive set of controls. This firstrate preamp/DI was a collaborative between Source Audio engineer Jesse Remignanti and Christopher Venter of SHOE Pedals (creator of the DOD Looking Glass and the SHOE Savior Machine). It utilises high-quality Burr-Brown Op-Amps which provide maximum headroom and a simple yet powerful set of equalisation, gain, and tone colouring controls. It also offers three independent outputs: a standard ¼”, a balanced XLR, and a dedicated headphone jack.

Bass ZIO is very simple to use. It features an intuitive set of controls that can achieve an exceptionally diverse collection of bass tones. The OUTPUT knob offers +16db of overall boost above unity gain as well as -6db of cut. The BASS and FOCUS offer tremendous flexibility when used in tandem. The BASS knob provides a significant low-end boost at around 100Hz, while the FOCUS knob sweeps the cut-off point of a high-pass filter to tame excessively low frequencies. Together the BASS and FOCUS provide the capability to dial in colossal low-end with a powerful punch, without being hampered by floppy bottom. The TREBLE knob boosts or cuts the high frequencies, which can be adjusted to either enhanced articulation without adding harshness, or smooth attack transients for a softer approach.

ZIO also features a dynamic pair of highly beneficial tone colouring options in the GRIT and SCOOP toggles. The GRIT toggle enables a natural sounding distortion that captures the magic of transformer-style breakup, the tone that occurs when a high-powered bass amp gets pushed to its limit. The amount of gain engaged by the GRIT toggle can be adjusted with a “set-it-and-forget-it” GAIN control located on the side of the pedal. The SCOOP toggle engages a special midrange cut to clean up “muddy” frequencies. The SCOOP’s cut profile is based on the legendary “Pultec Trick” – a time-honoured Pultec EQP-1A Equaliser (a studio rack equaliser originally released in the 1950s) setting that studio engineers have regularly dialled up whenever they need added clarity in a bass tone.

The pedal also includes three outputs that can be used individually or simultaneously. The ¼” OUTPUT jack connects to an amplifier or pedalboard. The DIRECT OUT is a balanced XLR output with a ground LIFT switch. The XLR Out brings amplifier character when connected directly to a mixer or audio interface for recording or live sound applications. The HEADPHONE jack features a high dynamic range, low-noise amplifier that is capable of driving low impedance studio headphones.

Features
  • Ultra-low noise and distortion preamp
  • +/- 12V high voltage rails for active and passive basses
  • Full tone-shaping control set with FOCUS high-pass filter
  • GRIT and SCOOP modes for added tonal character options
  • XLR Direct Output with optional ground lift
  • True Bypass
  • Headphone output for direct monitoring
  • Output Power consumption: 200mA
  • Brushed anodised aluminium housing
  • Dimensions: L: 11.4cm x W: 11.4 cm x H: 5.1cm (including knobs)
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

Warranty & Returns

All New products are covered by the manufacturers new warranty. Please check their website for the length of warranty and warranty conditions. If an item you receive is faulty get in touch with us ASAP. Second Hand products come with a 4 week warranty from us. If there is an issue let us know ASAP! This covers normal use and does not cover accidental damage, misuse, wrong power plugged into it, modding, water damage or any other damage caused by mistreatment. Just treat it nice and all will be good!

Shipping

We send A LOT of packages every week so don't worry about the shipping side of things!

We've never lost a thing and your awesome new gear will be packed up really well to avoid any damage in transit.

If your order comes in before 2pm we will ship it same day. Most of the time we pack things up all the way to 4pm so just call if you need it to leave same day after 2pm.

We ship mainly with Australia Post but may use a courier depending on location and size of the package.

Free Post ships with Australia Post standard and expected shipping times are between 4-6 business days depending on location. It will be longer to outside of metro and rural areas.

Express Post will usually be with you next business day in metro areas of QLD, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS. WA will take 2 days to metro and extra days after that to out side metro and rural areas.

Everything we ship has a tracking number with the exception of some power cables and smaller envelope packages. You will be emailed tracking once your order has been shipped!

The ZIO Analog Bass Preamp + DI is an ultra-low noise, all-analog tone shaping tool voiced specifically for bass. Bass ZIO offers an expansive range of tonal options in a compact housing with an intuitive set of controls. This firstrate preamp/DI was a collaborative between Source Audio engineer Jesse Remignanti and Christopher Venter of SHOE Pedals (creator of the DOD Looking Glass and the SHOE Savior Machine). It utilises high-quality Burr-Brown Op-Amps which provide maximum headroom and a simple yet powerful set of equalisation, gain, and tone colouring controls. It also offers three independent outputs: a standard ¼”, a balanced XLR, and a dedicated headphone jack.

Bass ZIO is very simple to use. It features an intuitive set of controls that can achieve an exceptionally diverse collection of bass tones. The OUTPUT knob offers +16db of overall boost above unity gain as well as -6db of cut. The BASS and FOCUS offer tremendous flexibility when used in tandem. The BASS knob provides a significant low-end boost at around 100Hz, while the FOCUS knob sweeps the cut-off point of a high-pass filter to tame excessively low frequencies. Together the BASS and FOCUS provide the capability to dial in colossal low-end with a powerful punch, without being hampered by floppy bottom. The TREBLE knob boosts or cuts the high frequencies, which can be adjusted to either enhanced articulation without adding harshness, or smooth attack transients for a softer approach.

ZIO also features a dynamic pair of highly beneficial tone colouring options in the GRIT and SCOOP toggles. The GRIT toggle enables a natural sounding distortion that captures the magic of transformer-style breakup, the tone that occurs when a high-powered bass amp gets pushed to its limit. The amount of gain engaged by the GRIT toggle can be adjusted with a “set-it-and-forget-it” GAIN control located on the side of the pedal. The SCOOP toggle engages a special midrange cut to clean up “muddy” frequencies. The SCOOP’s cut profile is based on the legendary “Pultec Trick” – a time-honoured Pultec EQP-1A Equaliser (a studio rack equaliser originally released in the 1950s) setting that studio engineers have regularly dialled up whenever they need added clarity in a bass tone.

The pedal also includes three outputs that can be used individually or simultaneously. The ¼” OUTPUT jack connects to an amplifier or pedalboard. The DIRECT OUT is a balanced XLR output with a ground LIFT switch. The XLR Out brings amplifier character when connected directly to a mixer or audio interface for recording or live sound applications. The HEADPHONE jack features a high dynamic range, low-noise amplifier that is capable of driving low impedance studio headphones.

Features
  • Ultra-low noise and distortion preamp
  • +/- 12V high voltage rails for active and passive basses
  • Full tone-shaping control set with FOCUS high-pass filter
  • GRIT and SCOOP modes for added tonal character options
  • XLR Direct Output with optional ground lift
  • True Bypass
  • Headphone output for direct monitoring
  • Output Power consumption: 200mA
  • Brushed anodised aluminium housing
  • Dimensions: L: 11.4cm x W: 11.4 cm x H: 5.1cm (including knobs)
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

Warranty & Returns

All New products are covered by the manufacturers new warranty. Please check their website for the length of warranty and warranty conditions. If an item you receive is faulty get in touch with us ASAP. Second Hand products come with a 4 week warranty from us. If there is an issue let us know ASAP! This covers normal use and does not cover accidental damage, misuse, wrong power plugged into it, modding, water damage or any other damage caused by mistreatment. Just treat it nice and all will be good!

Shipping

We send A LOT of packages every week so don't worry about the shipping side of things!

We've never lost a thing and your awesome new gear will be packed up really well to avoid any damage in transit.

If your order comes in before 2pm we will ship it same day. Most of the time we pack things up all the way to 4pm so just call if you need it to leave same day after 2pm.

We ship mainly with Australia Post but may use a courier depending on location and size of the package.

Free Post ships with Australia Post standard and expected shipping times are between 4-6 business days depending on location. It will be longer to outside of metro and rural areas.

Express Post will usually be with you next business day in metro areas of QLD, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS. WA will take 2 days to metro and extra days after that to out side metro and rural areas.

Everything we ship has a tracking number with the exception of some power cables and smaller envelope packages. You will be emailed tracking once your order has been shipped!