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    Hartke VXL Bass Attack Pedal Preamp and Direct Box

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    Overall:
    *********.* 9.2 out of 10
    Quality:
    *********.* 9.4 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    ********** 8.6 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    ********.** 8.4 out of 10
    Features:
    ********** 8.8 out of 10
    Value:
    ********** 9.8 out of 10
    Sound:
    ********** 9.7 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    ********** 9.6 out of 10

     

    User Reviews for Hartke VXL Bass Attack Pedal and Direct Box


    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********9 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from optonline.net

    Submitted: 12/20/2008

    Style of Music: Rock, pop, some country

    Experience: Active musician

    "If your looking for a great sound shaping pedal, look no further!"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    This pedal is exactly what I was looking for. I play a Fender Jazz bass through a Hartke 3500 amp, Peavy 2X10 for monitoring, and routed through PA to sub's and PA speakers. I have never been able to remove the unwanted string talk and string noise no matter how I set the 10 band equalizer,compression, or contour settings on my amp without sacrificing sound quality/presence. That's all behind me now with this pedal. Once I set my amp to the best settings I can achieve without sacrificing sound quality I can now turn to VXL to remove the unwanted noise OR to shape the sound to match the style of music I'm playing. The first day I was able to dial up a deep early Santana bass sound and then switch to a Funk-A-Fied Slap sound, all without touching a single setting on my amp head!
    Feature:
    BEST FEATURES This product can be powered from a mixer or PA that has phantom power using the Hartke XLR D.I. You also have a parralel dry signal connection to connect effects pedals, and an additional switchable wet/dry 1/4" signal to connect as you choose so you can be pretty creative in how you connect this unit to your sound setup and all for under $70. WORST FEATURES Most of the shaping controls are rotary dial settings. There is no display other than a small plastic gray dial pointer on the edge of each button which is pretty hard to make out in low light. You're better off feeling for the pointer than relying on your eyes. Hartke could have done a better job in making these markers more visible which is the only reason I gave this pedal a 9 here.
    Ease of Use:
    The layout is pretty clean, but it will take a little bit of time to get used to what does what. One think in particular is how the ON/OFF switch for the HARMONICS , MIX, and TREBLE is on the right of the unit although two of these three controls are on the left of the unit. ??? Same thing with the shape button. You get used to this shortcoming, but now the best layout. The remaining buttons are pretty self explanatory and easy to use.
    Quality:
    I agree with another reviewer. This unit is built like a tank! Nothing loose or cheap feeling on the unit. I don't expect to have any problems with it.
    Manufacturer Support:
    I've dealt with the Hartke in the past regarding my amp head and they resolved my issue so I have no complaints here.
    Value:
    This unit is a tremendous value for anyone looking to contour their sound. Keep in mind, this is not an effects pedal (wah wah, fuzz, etc.) more of a sound shaping pedal that should definitely enhance the quality of your sound.
    The Wow Factor:
    This is not a "slick" looking unit, but it certainly exudes quality.
    Overall:
    Now that I have this unit to compliment by ZOOM effects pedal, I'm done shopping for bass pedals. I'm finally able to the get the sounds I was looking for from my Fender Jazz Bass!
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********7 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********9 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from aceflash.com

    Submitted: 10/20/2010

    Style of Music: Love Instrumentals

    Experience: Recording Engineer, Bass Player

    "Now wonder Vic Wooten chose Hartke. Pedal direct to Power Amp."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    I run this pedal straight to my XLS 1000 power amp I purchased from SameDayMusic. I have a 115 Warwick with a Delta 15A and SWR like tweeter with crossover. I've ran Behringer 5500 BVT amp, GK 700RB II, GK Backline 600, Crate bass heads. And, I've heard AMPEG. This pedal with my XLS 1000 turned my whole setup into AMPEG like sound. I can get high volume studio cripsy clear without all the hiss and only using 215 watts of the head! HAH!
    Feature:
    Here's the main feature I like about this pedal. All the knobs on it will actually drastically mold your sound with only a little turning. On many bass heads you have to turn knobs 1/2 or a quarter just to hear a small difference. With this baby your tricking and changing your tone with every turn!
    Ease of Use:
    Very easy. Theres no DSP to fool with. No storing settings. Just turn a knob that does what its supposed to do, and also every Jack and button is labeled on the pedal. All you have to do is plug and play! The reason I don't give a 9 is, because it is made facing up and designed to be on floor. It would be better if the knobs where horizontal like common bass amps, because most people are not putting it on the floor but on top of something.
    Quality:
    This baby is an updated version of the older unit. It has heavy duty knobs and the casing is built like a rock. My came all shiny black and chrome.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Comes with a 3 year warranty in case something goes bad. Make sure you register!
    Value:
    Yea right. What other pedal under $100 can you use as a preamp directly to a power amp that can almost 90% produce AMPEG tone as well as others, and supply multiple outputs.
    The Wow Factor:
    It is built like a foot pedal. I would like it more as a rack like design. Knobs horizontal. The smooth chrome, grey, and black is sexy though.
    Overall:
    Overall, I was really afraid of this pedal, but when I got it in it just blows every other setup I've had out the water. (And I gots multiple cabs, amps, guitars etc.) If you want a pro sound get a XLS 1000 and this pedal. Under $400 bucks while this deal remains. This is a freaking steal and anybody complaining got a lemon, not adjusting something right, not using right cables, etc. Any questions e-mail contact@aceflash.com.
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from hotmail.com

    Submitted: 2/21/2009

    Style of Music: 90's Alt Rock and Modern Rock Mixed slightly with Classic Rock and Blues

    Experience: Active Musician

    "Absolute Sweetness!"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    The sound from this pedal is Sweet.. a couple turns of the knobs, following the manual suggestions, and instant full great tone that even the drummer notices an improvement. I started with a Bass POD XT and this thing blows it outr of the water for good usable tone thats easy to find. The best $ I ever spent on my tone shaping gear.
    Feature:
    Nice Features, all usable and wanted. Nothing here that is not needed or that will make you go... What does that thing do its straight forward sweetness with knobs to tweak not a bunch of buttons or pre-sets.
    Ease of Use:
    Very user friendly. turn the knobs and listen... BAM! instant tone.
    Quality:
    This thing is a tank, all metal good sized.
    Manufacturer Support:
    have not needed support
    Value:
    Way worth the few pennies it costs.
    The Wow Factor:
    It looks good, basic black and chrome, no frills just a strong made tone monster and thats all that really matters isin't it?
    Overall:
    Abosolutely love it and will hunt down another if anything bad happens to it.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********6 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********7 out of 10

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    By a customer from martinpaulmusic.com

    Submitted: 2/16/2011

    Style of Music: Ambient/Jazz/Blues/Rock

    Experience: Active Musician

    "Useful and Cool"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    I rated this 10 on "Sound" because I use it mostly for recording and you can garner a plethora of sounds w/ the Bass Attack, the best one is silence - as in no buzz then recording (unless you max things out).
    Ease of Use:
    There is a fairly steep learning curve. It wasn't intuitive to me, but I've only rarely used any pedals, so it may be different for those who use a lot of gadgets w/ their bass. The manual is helpful, and a little studying & experimenting w/ the provided set-up examples, the functions and concepts were clarified.
    Quality:
    It appears to be sturdy and well-built; has some heft to it.
    Overall:
    The Bass Attack did just want I needed. I can play w/o it, but it's a useful thing to have. If lost or stolen, I'd buy another one as I think it's become an important component of my sound. I wanted a direct box to boost my signal a bit when need and allow some subtle adjustments to my live sound. This box does both well.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********6 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********8 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********5 out of 10

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    By a customer from cableone.net

    Submitted: 3/1/2009

    Style of Music: Rock, Alternative, Jazz, Praise/Worship

    Experience: Active Musician

    "One Groovy little Preamp/DI"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    I've reasd reviewers stating that this pedal is very simmilar to the SansAmp Bass Driver DI. I would have to disagree. I've demoed the Sansamp for about an hour in a local shop and could only realy get ONE type of sound out of it... Period. I could definetly vary the amount of that ONE type of sound that was added to the dry mix but in general it was NOT a ver versitile preamp. The HARTKE Bass Attack on the other hand has a myriad of very different TYPES of sounds acheivable with it's various settings.... ALL of which I would say are very usable for just about anybody dpending on their specific muscal style needs... In my apinion the Hartke VLX DI is a superior product than the Sansamp in this catagory.
    Feature:
    My only beef is that these companies NEVER ship their products WITH the necessary AC power adapters... ah well... what ever.
    Ease of Use:
    It's not exactly intuitively set up so it takes a while to get used to where the various settings are and what they do exaclty --but once you get the lay of the device it's prety straight forward.
    Quality:
    I would agree with the previous reviewers in that this thing is a solidly made piece of equipment. Very solid. No problems with workmanship or quality of material used that I can see.
    Value:
    This seems to be the least expensive DI preamp in it's "class" (and I would put it up against the sansamp or any other DI preamp made). Well worth the $$ for what you get!
    The Wow Factor:
    It looks impressive. Clean design. Not too gaudy but definetly sexy.
    Overall:
    This DI/Preamp was exactly what I was looking for. Very versitile and useful sound shaping. I most definetly would miss it if lost or stolen and would replace it as soon as possible.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********10 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10

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    By a customer from hotmail.com

    Submitted: 6/22/2009

    Style of Music: Christian, country

    Experience: Active bass player playing for 25 years

    "A must have!....Can make an average bass sound over the top."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Great rounded tone. No muddled lower bass, the shape take care of that.
    Feature:
    The only item missing is an AC adapter. As everyone has stated excellent quality preamp; has an ideal weight.
    Ease of Use:
    Just put all the adjustments at 12:00 and start tweaking from there.
    Quality:
    How could the quality be improved?
    Manufacturer Support:
    No problems.
    Value:
    Great value! I can run this through my amp adn then through the PA or straight from Hartke preamp to the PA board. The signal is boosted enough to give a nice rounded tone in all freqs.
    The Wow Factor:
    Don't know how I survived without this.
    Overall:
    Gave it a 9 because nothings perfect (its really a 10).
    Overall:
    **********10 out of 10
    Features:
    **********9 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********9 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********10 out of 10

    73% of users found this reviews helpful (15 votes).

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    By a customer from yahoo.com

    Submitted: 1/19/2005

    Style of Music: Post-Hardcore/Screamo

    Experience: Active Musician

    "Exactly what I needed."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    This pedal gave me the exact sound i wanted. you can shape almost everything with it. Im extremely happy with the harmonics function. you can crank it up all the way for a nice tube overdrive sound.
    Feature:
    Very good features on this pedal.
    Quality:
    Very sturdy steel case and seems like it would take a beating.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Never had to contact Samson at all
    Value:
    i got it for 100 plus free shipping here. All the local stores wanted 120-150 for it. this was definatly worth the money as well.
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