The Tech 21 Red Ripper Bass Distortion Pedal is more than a simple distortion box-it responds to the dynamics of your touch as you play. Play your bass harder for more fuzz and higher harmonics, ease ... Read More
The Tech 21 Red Ripper Bass Distortion Pedal is more than a simple distortion box-it responds to the dynamics of your touch as you play. Play your bass harder for more fuzz and higher harmonics, ease up for less fuzz and enhanced lower harmonics.
The Red Ripper bass pedal's nasty little secret is the R.I.P. control, which powers your bass tone from vintage fuzz, to tectonic distortion and into the realms of Brassmaster-style octaver fuzz. Dime the R.I.P. and enjoy the violent stabs of a Moogie-style synth tone. While the Red Ripper can emulate the tones of an envelope filter, the signal is not actually being filtered, so your tone won't thin out and drop off when the effect is engaged.
Unlike vintage devices, all this gory fun comes with modern benefits. The Red Ripper bass pedal's active 3-band EQ delivers studio-grade tone-shaping in a compact pedal, while the Level and Drive controls let you find the sweet spot between dirt and volume. There's also a Low Pass Filter switch to compensate for full-range bass systems equipped with tweeters. Buffered bypass and a silent-switching, custom footswitch actuator complete the Red Ripper bass pedal package.
The Red Ripper bass pedal's level and drive controls work like a traditional, well-equipped amp. Low, Mid, and High are active controls, providing a wider array of tonal possibilities. The Red Ripper's Character knob is a continuously-variable control that moves seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain, and face-melting lead tones. The Character and Mid controls, and the speaker emulations, are all engineered to personify the specific amplifier traits and the speakers associated with each amplifier type.
Tech 21 effects pedals are designed using the best spec components, full-metal construction and a whole lot of coffee. The result is a line of guitar and bass effects that are inspiring and eminently usable. Unlike many 'one-trick' pedals, each Tech 21 effect is a feature-rich stompbox loaded with great tones for you to explore. Tech 21 pedals boast professional details like touring-tough construction, high impedance inputs and low impedance outputs for signal integrity, with smooth, custom actuators for silent switching.
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Comments about Tech 21 Red Ripper Distortion Bass Effects Pedal:
I've owned a number of pedals, and have sold off all of them. This, however, is different. The tonal balance is superb, the distortion ranges from subtle to gnarly, and the RIP control acts like a sweeping envelope filter, but seems to blend the filtered distortion back into the mix to deliver a full range bass explosion. It does sound much like a Moog or Brassmaster as they claim, but much more natural. It's almost like the pedal becomes a true extension of the instrument, rather than just modifying the signal. There is virtually no noise in between strokes, which is the best part! I hate that some bass distortion pedals distort the white noise. Make sure you switch out the battery in your active pick ups, and follow the instructions about how to get started. I promise you'll love this pedal. My only small complaint is that on my particular pedal, you have to stomp pretty hard to get it to switch, but I don't think that's true for all of them.