MXR M80 Bass D.I. +
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MXR M80 Bass D.I. +

M80 Bass D.I. +, DI from MXR.

moosers 11/09/2009

MXR M80 Bass D.I. + : moosers's user review

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The MXR M80 Bass D.I. + is both a standard direct input box and also offers up a variety of extra features that makes it seem more like a pedal than a DI box.  The unit has 1/4 inch connections that includes a standard input and output and a direct output as well as a parallel output.  This isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

Using the MXR M80 Bass D.I. + isn't hard at all as it is pretty straight ahead in terms of the parameters that it has to offer.  The unit has a clean volume knob as well as a section for distortion that includes parameters for volume, blend, trigger, and gain.  The box also has EQ knobs for bass, mid, and treble as well as a variety of situations including phantom power, color, and gate.  This is pretty much all that there is to the box and unless you are a beginner, I don't think that a manual is necessary.


SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the MXR M80 Bass D.I. + is about average.  While it will give you a pretty clean sound if you aren't using the distortion, the distortion doesn't have a realistic sound in my opinion.  The EQ is helpful but isn't the cleanest sounding one in the world.  While this is probably designed for use in the studio, I think that it works better for live shows as you can get away with a little bit more and the extra parameters are more useful in a live show setting.  I don't think that this is best sounding DI box/effect pedal, but it is usable and does offer a good amount of versatility.


OVERALL OPINION

While I don't own the MXR M80 Bass D.I. +, a friend of mine in my band owned this and used it for live shows and it was pretty helpful to have as a DI box on the stage.  Having the built in effects and provides a variety of options and features that are handy for bass players on the stage.  I wouldn't use this in a studio however as I don't think that the signal is clean enough to put on tape.  The price of the MXR M80 Bass D.I. + is reasonable, but again I would only recommend looking into it if you are a bass player looking for a DI box to use on stage.