New Gear from Bassics, KHDK Electronics, Boos, and Emma

The BPA-1 works hard to be perfect: Besides a bypassable 3-band EQ, ultra low-noise input amplifiers, two inputs, and a VCA compressor, it boasts a DI with 1/4" and XLR connectors, silent footswitches, serious headroom, and a self-contained power supply that will operate on any AC voltage from 85 to 265 volts.
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BASSICS
BPA-1 Bass Preamp

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The BPA-1 works hard to be perfect: Besides a bypassable 3-band EQ, ultra low-noise input amplifiers, two inputs, and a VCA compressor, it boasts a DI with 1/4" and XLR connectors, silent footswitches, serious headroom, and a self-contained power supply that will operate on any AC voltage from 85 to 265 volts.

Street $600
Contact diffusion-audio.com

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KHDK ELECTRONICS
Abyss Bass Overdrive

With two discrete circuits—one for dynamics and color, the other for overdrive with fullness and punch—the Abyss promises a warm, tube-like boost and a subtly crunchy overdrive.

Street $170
Contact khdkelectronics.com

BOSS
GT-1B Bass Effects Processor

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Boss’s newest bass sound engine packs everything you’d expect—standards like EQ and wah, exotic flavors such as Harmonist and Defretter, as well as modulations, delays, reverbs, and a looper—into a light, compact floor unit that runs on four AA batteries.

Street $200
Contact boss.info

EMMA
DB-2 DiscumBOBulator autowah/envelope filter

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The DiscumBOBulator celebrates its 20th birthday with a reboot that features all the old-school auto-wah tones and modern filter sweeps that made it famous, plus better frequency range, improved tracking, increased headroom, and a dedicated clean boost. Dig the pedalboard-space-saving top-mounted in/out/power jacks and true-bypass switching.

Street $200
Contact godlyke.com

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