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      Rocktron Blue Thunder Bass Preamp with Multi-Effects (180797)
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A gold mine of effects and sound options for bassists!

There's a storm on the horizon and it's called Blue Thunder. This Rocktron Bass Preamp with Multi-Effects is a live and studio tool that's been specifically designed and voiced for bass. The preamp has 128 pro presets designed for bass. A selectable hi-pass effects filter allows you to determine the frequency range being passed through the digital effects, delivering lush effects that won't muddy up your low end. Custom voiced bass effects including flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, and reverb. Rocktron's dynamic compression is included and has also been specifically engineered for bass. If that's not enough, Rocktron's multi-voiced delay and chorus are specifically voiced for bass use in live and recording situations.

Want some distortion? The Blue Thunder rolls out built-in distortion designed specifically for bass which can be added to your dry bass signal and effect path independently as desired.

Rocktron's unique signal routing allows you to choose between an analog direct feed, or full effects routing. The Blue Thunder has a most powerful and flexible tone shaping tool with Rocktron's SIMbiotic 4-band parametric EQ consisting of 2 sections of band-limited parametric EQ and bass and presence along with 2 sections of full bass. Parametric mid and treble EQ sections. A Speaker Exciter with Sonic Clarity and Sonic Boom controls allows you to record direct, while adding a new tonal dimension to your live sound.

Whether using the Blue Thunder Bass Preamp with a power amplifier and speaker cabinets or while recording with the cabinet simulator engaged, the Speaker Exciter offers yet another extension of tonal expression allowing you to choose the speaker size (8", 10", 12", 15") then giving you even more tonal possibilities using the Sonic Boom and Sonic Clarity controls.

When the Cabinet Simulator is active the outputs are specifically conditioned for direct recording to produce a virtual miked cabinet response. This allows you to connect directly to a PA system or recording equipment and leave that heavy cabinet home! Cabinet Simulator works in conjunction with the Speaker Exciter to deliver lifelike direct recording. Separate input and output level controls on the Blue Thunder accommodate all kinds of basses with active and passive pickups.

Rocktron's unique signal routing allows you to choose the signal path type for the direct mix, analog or digital. For effect loop routing you may want to use the Blue Thunder in an effects loop of your existing preamp. In this case you can route the direct signal around the DSP by setting the Direct Path option. With Direct Path Analog, your direct signal is untouched and then mixed with the DSP effects only. With Direct Path Digital you are using the Blue Thunder as a dedicated preamp.

The Blue Thunder incorporates Rocktron's award-winning digital HUSH noise reduction.

All presets on the Blue Thunder are user programmable and can be restored to original factory settings. A tap button for delay and rate control is on the front panel and is MIDI programmable. The Blue Thunder has full MIDI capabilities when you use the optional Rocktron MIDI XChange, MIDI Mate or All Access footcontrollers). (See the accessory box on this page.) Using a MIDI footswitch and expression pedal will allow realtime control of virtually all effects parameters. The Blue Thunder uses 24-bit internal processing via Motorola DSP Engine for double precision 48 x 48-bit multiply with 96-bit result.

Rocktron Blue Thunder Bass Preamp with Multi-Effects Features:

  • Preamp with live and studio effects
    128 pro presets designed for bass
    Selectable hi-pass effects filter allows you to specify frequency ranges that are effected
    Won't muddy up your low end
    Custom voiced bass effects including flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, and reverb
    Rocktron dynamic compression
    Multi-voiced delay and chorus
    Distortion designed specifically for bass can be added to your dry bass signal and effect path independently
    Unique signal routing allows you to choose between an analog direct feed or full effects routing
    SIMbiotic 4-band parametric EQ with 2 sections of band-limited parametric EQ and presence
    2 sections of full bass parametric mid and treble EQ sections
    Direct out with Speaker Exciter and Sonic Clarity plus Sonic Boom controls
    Separate input and output level controls accommodate both active and passive instruments
    Can be used in the effects loop of your existing preamp
    HUSH noise reduction
    All presets are user programmable
    Tap button for delay and rate control is on the front panel and is MIDI programmable
    Full MIDI capabilities




Rocktron Blue Thunder Bass Preamp with Multi-Effects

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  • Bass Rack Effects

    As reviewed by Scott Owen on 2/5/2011

    I have this inserted in my effects loop of a Mesa Boogie M9 Bass Amp.I only use it for light effects but use the Midi Mate foot controller for my different EQ on several tones.I like the fact that it is rack mount dedicated for bass and fairly simple to navigate.On smaller gigs I can use it as a DI which sounds pretty good.I am looking forward to recording with it but have not had the chance as of yet.All in all I am very pleased with this unit.

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