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Hartke Bass Attack 2 Bass Preamp/Direct Box with Overdrive

 
4.8

(12 reviews)

SKU: HHPBA2XXX-P

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The Bass Attack 2 combines Hartke's classic preamp/direct box circuitry and striking tone into a rugged, zinc die cast stompbox-style design. Its ultra-clean, flexible output stage and vast array of tone shaping controls include 1/4" and balanced XLR direct outputs and Hartke's legendary Shape EQ, Contour and Overdrive effect.

Leveraging Hartke's years of experience focused on the needs of bass players, the Bass Attack 2 provides unique tone sculpting capabilities. The stompbox gives players access to Hartke's Shape circuit, which activates a specialized preset EQ curve that can be customized using the Shape Frequency and Amount knobs. Players can also add a little extra color with the dedicated Contour switch.

The Bass Attack 2's Overdrive circuit provides bass players with creative control over effects ranging from subtle tube emulation to grungy fuzz. The Tone knob lets you determine the perfect amount of high-frequency growl, while a dedicated Mix knob manages the blend between distorted and dry signals.

Featuring a 1/4" parallel output for dry signals, a 1/4" effect output for your amp, and a balanced XLR direct output, the Bass Attack 2 provides flexible output options for FOH or studio recording consoles. Its direct output Pre/Post switch allows players to adjust stage sound without affecting the mix sent from the XLR to FOH. The Bass Attack 2 can also operate off of a mixer’s phantom power via its XLR jack.

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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (3)
  • Studio (3)
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5.0

Great for all instruments- have purchased 3 now

By 

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Amazing cost-to-worth ratio
  • Consistantly fits in any mix
  • It just always sounds great... easily!
  • Works extremely well with almost all instruments

Cons

  • Hey, c'mon. That's all I can think of.
  • Hmm... let's see... um...
  • Oh, ok, I've got one.
  • They aren't giving them away.

Best Uses

  • Acoustic guitar
  • All around studio swiss army knife
  • Bass
  • Drums!

I bought the BA-2 based on reviews I'd read on various bass forums. At first blush, I was DECIDEDLY UNDERWELMED! "This is it?! Huh..." After all the great words it simply didn't hit me in the face with some spectacular, orgasmic sound.

That was short lived. I'm embarrassed to say, I did not recognize this for what it is... a sleeper.

The second time I sat down with the BA-2 was to play bass, not to play with a new toy. I plugged in and it sounded pretty good, immediately. I'm a studio owner and play any instrument in many genres whenever needed so I started playing thru style after style. With every change I could immediately dial up what I wanted to hear and each time, with my custom built studio bass (no one touches but me) or my modded SR500 (for gigs and clients to use), it made my instruments sound really good. More importantly, played with recordings, it always fit PERFECTLY! This thing is SO much more impressive in the mix than sitting by yourself noodling around! It was just fun too.

The distortion the BA-2 has, I thought, might sound interesting on acoustic guitar. So, I plugged it in... SWEET! Somehow, with judicious use of the distortion section, it makes a piezo pickup sound more like a "real" acoustic guitar. An acoustic singer/songwriter buddy of mine traded me his modded Tube King, a TS-9 and L.R. Baggs DI for the BA-2 upon first listen. So, the next day, back for another BA-2. Last one in stock. Whew!

Then, when my studio partner realized I was planning on taking it with me on an upcoming trip he says, "You can't take THAT! What will I do while you're gone?" So I ordered another!

The BA-2 is now the first thing we grab when we want to apply distortion to any instrument except electric guitar! The distortion is consistent whether you hit it hard or not so it does not break up more with more input like a tube pre.

No flash. Nothing screaming "Look at me! Look what I can do!" It just sits there... sounding awesome!

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5.0

Bass Attack Pedal Rocks!

By 

from Buffalo Grove

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Sounds great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live
    • Studio

    Hartke came out with a great product. Direct Box/Pre amp has excellent tone shaping controls. Great for using live.

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    5.0

    A great update to a great DI!

    By 

    from Lyndhurst, OH

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Discreet
    • Heavy Duty Build Quality
    • Robust
    • Tone Shaping

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Band
      • Recording
      • Stage
      • Studio

      The original Bass Attack DI was a great piece of kit to have for studio and stage, and this version just improves on that legacy. Even cleaner than the original, with a more robust build quality, and a physical lay out more in line with standard DIs makes this a winner all around. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to keep their bass tone as clean and true as possible, and with out the hassle of carrying an amp all over!

      - Staff reviewer, Store 35 - Lyndhurst

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      5.0

      Great pedal!

      By 

      from nyc

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • easy to use
      • fun
      • sounds good

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Great pedal with a wide array of tones and options. I use one in my home studio and am very happy with it.

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          5.0

          Finally! An affordable EQ adjustable DI, with overdrive.

          By 

          from Indianapolis,IN

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Contour EQ circuit & switch
          • Great price!
          • Overdrive built in
          • Pre/post DI

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live Sound
            • Practice
            • Recording

            This is great for any electric bass application from the garage to the studio to the live gig.
            Use it in conjunction with an amp or run direct. Great EQ adjustability and a really decent overdrive onboard.
            Staff review from Shawn Kern @ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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            4.0

            The lastest in a Direct Box from Hatrke

            By 

            from Columbus Oh

            Staff Reviewer

            This is an essential direct box for any working bass player. Sturdy design and efficient EQ controls make this ideal for any live application. An extra out allows for simultaneous hook up to amplifier as well as mixing board. Review by Jim in Columbus

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            5.0

            Total Tonal Control

            By 

            from Edison, NJ

            Staff Reviewer

            This unique, precise pedal by Hartke allows a bassist to have true tonal freedom. Within the realm of EQ options, this item gives you further control with Shape Frequency, Amount and Contour knobs/switches. The ability to blend dry, and growl tones is enhanced as well. The unit also comes with 1/4" output and XLR to meet any needs, either live performance or studio work, that you may have. Great addition to a bassists setup, especially at a small price point.

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            5.0

            back for the attack2

            By 

            from Cincinnati, OH

            Staff Reviewer

            The Hartke Bass Attack 2 is incredible. It works as a DI, so no need to tote your amp around. The phantom power on your mixer can power this thing through the XLR output. It is super clean, can be shaped to tweak your tone and is very clean!

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            4.0

            A versatile direct box for every bass player

            By 

            from Columbus, Oh

            Staff Reviewer

            This is a very versatile direct box from Hartke. Every bass player should have one of these in his gig bag so he can sculpt his stage sound with additional eq and supply separate outs to go both direct to a board and to an amplifier. Reviewed by Jim in Columbus

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            5.0

            GREAT SOUND!

            By 

            from Tampa, FL

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Parameters
            • Great Sound
            • Small

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Beginner
              • Gigging
              • Live
              • Practice
              • Professional
              • Studio

              Love this pedal. It looks great, sounds great and works great. I no longer bring a heavy amp anymore. All I do is plug this in and BOOM. I'm ready to go. Overdrive controls are great for all those classic rock songs. It has great tone and it's super useful.

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              Warranty Info:

              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for TWO YEARS and labor for TWO YEARS from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.