Sonuus B2M Bass-to-MIDI Converter Reviews
The B2M is a compact (83mm × 58mm × 34mm) green and white plastic box, powered by one, 9V battery (included). Setup is simple: plug your bass into the 1/4' jack on the front, and run a standard 5-pin MIDI cable between the B2M's MIDI out port and the MIDI IN port on your keyboard or synth module of choice. In my case, I used the B2M to drive an Alesis Micron synth. A standard 1/4' output jack allows you to run your unaltered bass signal to your amplifier. Four top-mounted colored LEDs function as a MIDI signal indicator, clip light, low battery indicator and power-tuner. The power-tuner LED acts as an n electronic tuner for notes low B through high F, making it effective for even 7-string basses. The more out of tune a string is, the more the LED pulses. A 'Chromatic' slider switch allows the user to send notes without pitch bend information. The box is well made and includes a wrist-carry strap. Were I to use the B2M in live situations, I'd mount Velcro on the bottom or a cellphone anti-slip pad to keep the M2B from falling off the amp.
Although the B2M seems like a good idea, I believe it will take most players some time to make it work effectively. Major adaptations to your playing style and adjustments to your bass tone controls may be necessary to make the B2M function at its best, and changing the sound of your bass to accommodate and effect is not a good idea. If you're interested in approximating synth bass lines with the least amount of effort -- but an a higher price -- you many want to look into one of the many bass synth stompboxes, including the new Mark Bass SuperSynth, which sells for around $250 USD.Laklander rated this unit on 2010-05-10.
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