Hartke Bass Attack 2

Electric Bass Preamp and DI Box

  • Controls: Drive, Tone, Mix, Bass, Treble, Level, Frequency (200 - 800 Hz) and Boost (+15 / -25 dB)
  • Input and output via jack
  • Parallel output via jack
  • Direct Out via XLR
  • Power supply via 2 AA batteries or a 9V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative pole inside, both not included)
  • Measurements: 61 x 19 x 102 mm
  • Weight: 680 g
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A mediocre DI box with notch filter

ionr, 01.11.2017
The Hartke Bass Attack 2 is an attempt to pack a bass preamp into a small box with DI-Out. Have tested the box now in a few scenarios and have some mixed, unfortunately less good opinions about it.

You can use it if you want to play directly over a PA or other speakers instead of a bass amp or have and get a few settings, this I currently use it. Especially for practicing with normal speakers quite handy, because you get the basic settings of each bass amp half way and about the notch filter can adjust the sound a bit. You can not expect more. Unfortunately, my active pickup on the bass is already quite good and the sound control is much more diverse.

You have three footswitches here, one switches off the whole device completely (on / off), in addition you can switch on notch filters ("shape") and the overdrive effect. For the tone control you have heights, depths and the notch filter available. In the 12 o'clock position the signal remains unchanged. The bass and treble controls work in a relatively wide band, so the effect is fairly simple and no miracles are expected, while the notch filter is handy. Nevertheless, the device does not match the functions and settings of a proper EQ.

The overdrive does not blow me over, it does not push me from the chair (no matter if bass amp, PA or small speakers behind it) and the tone control has no effect, even drive you turn quickly to the stop. Here my expectations were disappointed. In direct comparison with the boss ODB-3 you notice the lack of pressure and the limited setting options. It looks very "spongy" and not crisp. There is much matter of taste, but my taste is not.

Extem disturbing is the high susceptibility to interference, the power supply has a major impact on the sound, Treble more than 2 clock brings clearly audible, annoying noise and crackling with it. Here was definitely saved, that works better. Other effect pedals, which are even cheaper, are much more robust here.

Nice idea, great look, outwardly beautiful workmanship but unfortunately in practice with too many flaws to recommend the part further. If the active bass already sounds great anyway, you can still get something out of it. A PA system makes you only conditionally to the bass amp, this are the height and Tiefeneinstellmöglichkeiten unsuitable and you should rather resort to the EQ.
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keny, 13.02.2018
a pleasant surprise was evaluating buy a sansamp or a mxr and I opted for this for the price, and I was surprised has a quite powerful sound an overdrive with tone control and gain apart from the mix to keep the weight of the bass and a third central siwtch to raise that frequency that we lack in some moments or attenuate that we tend to escape or sound ugly the truth is that a large chunk a hit and very good quality price
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