Hartke VXL Bass Attack Pedal Preamp/Direct Box

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Whether you’re recording or playing live, Hartke’s VXL Bass Attack Pre-Amp/Direct Box will give you the exact tone you’ve been searching for.

Tonal Attack.
A monster tone-shaping pre-amp that doubles as a full-featured direct box, Hartke's VXL Bass Attack Pre-Amp/Direct Box offers expanded control over the tone of any bass rig. Featuring the famous Hartke Shape circuit, extensive EQ controls and stunning tube emulation, this pedal provides endless possibilities for attaining a more powerful, full-range bass tone, from the grittiest of metal sounds to the warmest of rock tones and everything in between.

Limitless tone control.
The Bass Attack pedal's circuitry features an abundance of controls that can be used to craft virtually any bass tone imaginable. The pedal's powerful 3-band EQ offers complete control over the BASS, TREBLE, and BRITE aspects of your tone, while its variable HARMONICS control emulates the warmth of a tube pre-amp. Also, it's MIX knob allows you to tweak how much of the pedal's processed tone is blended with the natural sound of your rig. The BRITE, HARMONICS and MIX functions can be easily engaged using the ON/OFF footswitch. The tonal possibilities are limitless, with the ability to enhance the sound of your clean jazz lines just as well as your funky slap style.

Shape your sound.
The Bass Attack pedal features the world famous Hartke Shape circuit, a preset EQ curve that will enable any bass player to further control their tone and get the sound that's just right for their playing style. If you're playing live, you can use the SHAPE footswitch to quickly engage the Hartke Shape circuit. With a push of a footswitch and turn of the rotary control, you can set the center frequency of the curve – turn it clockwise for thunderous lows or counter-clockwise for even more pronounced high end. It's great for boosting your sound during a solo or adding more tone during a funky slap bassline.

Go direct.
Beyond its tone shaping capabilities, the Bass Attack pedal functions as a direct box, giving bass players a clean, balanced direct output to send to the PA system. The pedal lets you tap the signal from your bass and pass it from the output to your front-of-house mixer. From there, the signal going into the PA can be tweaked without affecting the original sound simply by leaving the pedal's XLR DIRECT OUTPUT PRE/POST switch in the PRE (Out) position. Alternatively, you can include the harmonic effects in the XLR DIRECTO OUTPUT signal by leaving the switch in the POST (In) position. This eliminates the need for miking your amplifier, which is preferable for the low frequencies produced by the bass.

All the ins and outs.
Built into a rugged aluminum chassis, the Bass Attack pedal supports two stompbox-style footswitches (SHAPE and ON/OFF), each with its own LED status indicator. Its input and output connectors, including a gold-plated balanced XLR DIRECT OUTPUT with a selectable PRE/POST switch, 1/4-inch PARALLEL OUTPUT and 1/4-inch INPUT, provide maximum flexibility for patching in to amps, mixer and recorders. In addition, the Bass Attack will operate via a 9-volt battery, optional AC adapter or phantom power through the XLR (no battery or adapter is needed when recording direct or running to a mixer).

Features:

  • Tone-shaping pre-amp/direct box
  • Famous Hartke Shape circuit
  • 3-band BASS, TREBLE and BRITE controls
  • HARMONICS control for tube emulation
  • Gold-plated balanced XLR DIRECT OUTPUT with selectable PRE/POST switch
  • 1/4-inch PARALLEL OUTPUT and 1/4-inch INPUT
  • Powered via 9-volt battery, AC adapter (optional) or phantom power through the XLR
  • Rugged aluminum chassis

Order your Hartke VXL Bass Attack Pedal Preamp/Direct Box from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

Things You Will Get:

  • Effect Pedal
  • Manual
Model VLX1 Pre - Amp / Directbox

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HartkeVLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Performances (6)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
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    4.0

    love the tone hate the construction

    By Reigndown1

    from Phoenix, Az

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

    I LOVED the sound out of this thing. It makes my bass sound HUGE!
    the only thing is that I've had it a while. the push buttons started coming off.
    I had it velcro'ed to a pedal board in a gig bag that I take everywhere with me. The push buttons started falling off.
    it still works though, I'll find time to fix it because I DO love the sound. otherwise its an incredible product for the price.

     
    5.0

    It get's the job done!

    By Tee

    from Dallas,fort worth area.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

      I've had a few Stomp boxes, this one works pretty good. Very dependable, great tone, just one of few things i've been looking for in a preamp with a di. It gets the job done and I have no problems with it at this time. Hartke amps sound pretty good. It's a keeper.

       
      5.0

      This pedal is the BOMB!!!!!!!!

      By SetApart Bassboy

      from Barbados

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

        This is the bomb!!!

        I was just going through the store and i saw this gadget, tried it & figured that it was cool to buy it.

        But i got the surprise of my when i got home and experimented with it again. It made my Hohner practice bass sound as beastly as my MTD "gig machine". It is easy to operate which make it easier to select the preferred tone that you need. The first time I used it at church, my sound man came to me immediately afterwards and told me that he loved the sound of my new bass... but then he recognized that it was my Hohner practice bass.

        I love this, it is great value for the price, great sound for the size & great quality for the lucky person who owns it.

         
        4.0

        Good preamp/DI

        By -k.

        from nashville, tn

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

          Great preamp. I'm using it as a preamp through the effects return on my amp, bypassing the preamp. Wow. Makes my combo sound so much bigger. I use the DI to send to FOH and use my combo for stage monitor. The biggest downside is I wish it had a blend knob for the Shape control (current blend knob works only for Harmonics and Bright knobs). Good preamp/DI. With the right FOH/monitor mix you could do without your amp. Highly recommended.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is a great pedal for the price

          By Buzzman

          from South Bend, IN

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

              I am using this through an Accoustic 100w amp and it makes the amp sound like it is much higher end. The lows are fat and full and the highs can be shaped to get that old funky sound when you slap. Overall a great value with a great sound. Built like a tank.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SO FAR THE BEST PEDAL I HAVE PERIOD...

              By BASSMAN8

              from CHICAGO IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • WHAT CAN I SAY DAM GOOD

              Cons

              • NO COMPLANTS HERE

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

              SO FAR I HAVE NOTING BAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS PEDAL I OWN THE AMP SO WHY NOT THE PEDAL.VERY HAPPY WITH THE SOUND.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING PEDAL!!!

              By Isaac Bass Player for Rag Tag Alliance

              from Newark, Delaware

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

                I use this pedal with my current setup
                A Mexican Fender Fretless Jazz Bass
                Running through this pedal to a Fender Bassman 10 4x10 combo 70watt tube amp. I love the warmth i got from the amp before i purchased the pedal but afterwards the warmth just became amazing!
                I love the harmonic controls and the tone shape that brings out the lows and the highs in the frequency range. The setup is just like any other effects pedal. Plain and simple, the direct line out is especially helpful at shows when the direct boxes at venues arent up to par. I would buy so many more of these for my future setups if this thing ever dies. Its solid construction can take the punishment dealt out. Overall an quality made product

                I now use this pedal all the time reguardless if im running through my small 20watt practice amp or pumping out major heat with the Fender amp.

                This is something the serious bass player should buy that are concerned with their tone. TONE TONE TONE! What makes distingushes the good bass players from the great bassists

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                get the sound you want

                By groundbif

                from Manila, Philippines

                Pros

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                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Performance

                    Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

                    easy to find the tone you're most comfortable with.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Takes it to the next level!!

                    By brian freb

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

                    I can't believe the tone boost that the Bass Attack Pedal gives my small practice amp! Feels like I'm playing a big rig!! Definately worth every penny!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Incredible Value

                    By karl Kestermann

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Hartke VLX1 Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box:

                    "I really wanted a SansAmp Bass Driver. But funds wouldn't allow it. So I settled for this. This is by far the best value for the money. It made my bass fill the room for days. When i shut it off my 4x10 rig sounds like a practice amp, and i have a decent rig. the tones are fabulous, the low end is ungodly! i look forward to a possible rackmount version. BUY THIS PEDAL!!!!!!!"

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                    VXL Bass Attack Pedal Preamp/Direct Box

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