Basswitch 'Swiss army knife' preamp/DI to debut at Winter NAMM 2011

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-12-21)

Basswitch 'Swiss army knife' preamp/DI to debut at Winter NAMM 2011

Bsssists looking for a combination preamp/DI will soon have something new to compete with the Radial Bassbone and EBS MicroBass II.

The Basswitch IQ DI is a spectacular introduction to the industry for the Luxembourg-based company Ruppert Musical Instruments SA (RMI). Among the Basswitch's more appealing features are double parametric EQ, an effects loop with mix control and its ability to adapt to magnetic or piezo pickups, making it suitable for electric and upright basses alike.

The intelligent concept of this all-in-one-preamp has been developed by RMI. With its complex features and the high-end construction, it fills a niche in the market that no other product has entered until today.

The Basswitch IQ DI is an A/B input switcher, a high- end preamp, a clean booster, a parametric EQ, an FX loop switcher and last but not least a professional quality D.I. box. The switchable input impedance guarantees optimal treatment of the signal whether it comes from a magnetic or a piezo pick-up. It is the only product on the market that provides all these functions in a single compact unit. The Basswitch IQ DI is a Swiss Army knife that should be part of every demanding bass player’s equipment

Basswitch has an effects loop with mix control as well as tuner out jack The company Lehle Gitarrentechnik has engineered the Basswitch IQ DI and is in charge of the manufacturing. High quality brand-components and the ultra-solid "Made in Germany"-construction which is typical for Lehle products guarantees an uncompromised sound, maximum reliability, an elaborate flexibility and make this superior sound-center your first choice in any imaginable situation, either live or in the studio.

he Basswitch IQ DI will be introduced to the public for the first time by RMI in cooperation with Lehle at Winter NAMM 2011 in Anaheim, California, at exhibition Booth #2982. Despite the listing of a few Basswitches on EBay, company CEO Jacques Ruppert insists that only demo models have been available, and all are currently being tested. The retail price will be announced at NAMM.

From a press release.

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