Behringer V-Tone Bass BDI21
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Behringer V-Tone Bass BDI21

V-Tone Bass BDI21, Bass Amp Simulator from Behringer in the V-Tone series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 20 reviews )
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JackLudden08/10/2008

JackLudden's review

Behringer V-Tone Bass BDI21
This is a pedal based bass amp simulator unit. It's an analog unit. There are separate controls for drive, presence, bass, treble, blend, and output level. The input is 1/4", and there is a balanced XLR output as well as a 1/4" output. It is not rackable, as it's quite small and seems to be meant to be used as a pedal.

UTILIZATION

The configuration and setup is very simple, there is not much to this unit. Editing the sounds is very easy, there are just 6 clearly labeled knobs. The manual is sufficient in explaining their functions.

SOUND QUALITY

The sounds you get from this are not that good. While you can get an improvement sometimes from a plain DI signal, a lot of what this pedal can do is not very good sounding. The drive knob supplies a bit of distortion, and this sounds almost similar to what you'd hear on a tiny peavey solid state practice amp - not that attractive. There are EQ type knobs - bass, treble and presence. The bass shelf I feel goes too far into the mids, and it's easy to get a muddy sound because of it. The treble knob when boosted sounds brittle, as does the presence knob. However the presence knob can help if you need the bass to poke out in a mix more, even if it doesnt sound that good soloed. The blend knob seems to be a type of harmonic saturation. This is probably one of the better features of this pedal. About halfway turned, the blend knob has the potential to improve the sound of your DI'd bass and add some warmth, but again it depends on the instrument. The last knob is just for output level.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought this a long time ago, maybe 4 years ago. If you just want your bass to sound a little different in your home recording, this will serve the purpose, but if you are looking for a really great bass tone, I wouldn't bother with this pedal. The good thing about it, though, is that it is cheap. I have used a variety of bass amp sims, and usually you're better off using a software one. The value is fair - the price is cheap but then so is the sound. You get what you pay for. I wouldn't get this again, it has sat unused for a long time.