DI with three-band active EQ and Slap Contour switch for happy-slapping bassists.
While passive DIs proved to be quite useful for recording bass or sending bass to a console for live performance, people began to notice a decrease in overall response and punch. That’s when active DI’s came to the rescue. But how many are tailored to the response of a bass guitar? The Seymour Duncan SFX-06 Paranormal Bass EQ DI is, featuring a three-band active EQ that’s optimized for bass along with a contour switch for slapping styles.
Seymour Duncan SFX-06 Paranormal Bass EQ DI, First Take:
Active DI with three-band EQ optimized for bass
Dedicated contour switch for slapping styles
Solid construction, balanced XLR out and ground lift
DI with active three-band EQ
The three-band EQ allows you to dial in your tone in any room, sculpting your lows, mids, and highs quickly and easily. So, along with performing the normal functions of a DI, you get the benefit of adding an active EQ to your bass without having to make any modifications to your instrument. The EQ provides ±12dB boost and cut for each band, which have center frequencies at 30Hz for deep lows, 650Hz to contour the mids, and 5.2kHz for presence, clarity and attack.
Proprietary Slap Contour switch for happy slapping
The SFX-6 also features Seymour Duncan’s proprietary Slap Contour switch, which applies an additional preset EQ curve. As the name implies, this is a dedicated switch for slapping styles, but it also adds an extra dimension to fingerstyle or pick playing. Slap Contour gives you a 6dB boost at 80Hz to bring out the bottom and cuts 6dB at 650Hz to reduce the mud that can occur in the low mids. The result is a solid low end and more room for attack. By using it with the 3-band EQ, you can bring out more attack information if needed, as well as extra bottom below 80Hz.
Solid construction and hum elimination
Built like a tank with a 16-guage steel chassis and powered by either a single 9V battery or a regulated DC power supply, the SFX-06 features a balanced XLR output with ground lift to eliminate electromagnetic interference and AC-hum. Between that and its active electronics you can drive longer cable runs to a feed a front-of-house mixing board or a recording console without noise or signal loss.
- 1/4″ input
- Balanced XLR output with ground lift
- 3-band EQ
- Bypass footswitch
- Slap Contour preset EQ footswitch
- LED lights for both footswitches
- 16-gauge steel chassis
- Gain Range: +/- 12dB
- Input Impedance: 1MOhm
- Output Impedance: 2KOhm
- Maximum Output before Clipping: 2.6Vrms
- Noise and Hum: -92dBV
- THD at 1Vrms out at 1 KHz: 0.002 percent
- Circuitry: FET Input OP-Amps with Discrete Gyrators
- Power: DC 9 ” 12V; Battery or Regulated DC Adapter
- Current Consumption: 2.9 mA Max
- Dimensions: 5.50 x 5.20 x 2.20 inches
- Weight: 1.9 Lbs
- Chassis Material: 16 Gauge Steel
- EQ Center Frequencies: Bass – 30Hz, Mid – 650Hz, Treble – 5.2KHz
- Slap Contour Frequencies: +6dB at 80Hz, -6dB at 650Hz