I play an amplified upright acoustic bass and an electric upright solid-body bass. I bought this Jim Dunlop MC401 MXR because I have a few bass solos that can't be heard above the other players unless I boost volume, which was hard to do by reaching for the volume knob on my preamp or amp with my hand. This stomp box lets me instantly add a pre-selected amount of volume boost only--no goofy effects, no hum, no extraneous sounds at all. Of course, when the solo is over, another click with my foot drops the boost. This thing sounds completely transparent when it's off, and completely natural when it's on. For my purposes, a boost of five decibels out of the 20 that this device permits seems to be enough. Naturally, you have to have left some head room available in your amp otherwise you won't hear any volume change or you'll get distortion or both, but that should be obvious--it's just like turning your amp up, except with your foot.
The MC401 runs on a 9-volt battery, but I...
When I hear live bands and the guitar player takes a lead I want to hear it LOUD AND CLEAR but that is rarely the case. Oh, yeah, the band might be loud but it's not the volume that matters, it's the difference between the band and the soloist that matters; the ability of the lead to stand out in front. I notice very little difference between a player's volume when they're playing rhythm and when they're playing lead. Some of that may be their own lack of understanding but if any of it is due to electronics, the problem is OVER. The MXR MC-401 BOOST/LINE DRIVER is a stunning piece of equipment. In the off position it is a clean, true by-pass, just passing your existing signal through without any coloring or distraction. In the on position it gives you a clean, uncolored signal boost, able to add up to +20db with the click of a push button. The lone dial on the unit is variable from 0db to +20db which means that whatever volume you are at, the MC-401 will raise the volume instantly,...
I like it! I have several pedals in my chain and wanted a clean boost that did not modify my sound. I just wanted more gain that would let my tube amp do its thing without adding additional distortion. I am running the boost next-to-last, right behind my Smart Gate. I think the world of Dunlop and MXR. When they say true bypass, it is true bypass. However, when you have eight or ten pedals and associated connectors, there is going to some noise. When there is noise, you need a gate. The gate takes something away.The boost adds it back (and a little more hehehe.) Love the pedal.
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