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Audere JZ Onboard Preamp Evaluation. . .


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Just got done with my third night with my newly-bought and newly-installed Audere Audio onboard preamp -- the JZ ready-to-install version with Bass, Mid, Treble, Pan controls and Z-Mode switch.


The Bass: Made-in Japan Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass (with modifications) --


Pickguard: Brown Tortoiseshell;

Pickups: Bartolini 9-V (old);

Tuners: Stock, except for Hipshot BT-2 D-Tuner;

Strings: Ernie Ball Slinkys, 45-105.

PLUS: Audere Audio drop-in three-band preamp. Let's get down to details:


My Opinion: :P


Overall, very nice. Very versatile, too. Very natural, "Woody" timbre. . .I flattened the EQ on my channel on the FOH board, as I'm only going through the PA and monitors. I wanted this to be a fair test of the electronics *and* the bass, overall, so that's what I did. . .And it sounds fine like that. . .BTW, the monitor in question is an old Community wedge (early 80's?)with a 12 inch JBL and (?) tweeter.


I've never had a bass-through-the-PA sound like that. . .The drummer on this gig, who I played with for 6 years previous, even said he could hear an audible difference. . .Wow. . . ;)


(Bear in mind: This initial test is/was on a classic country/new country/classic rock gig. No test with hard rock, etc.)


Very intuitive preamp, overall. And extremely quiet. And extremely easy to dial up a sound on. *Solid* in the monitors and out front in the PA. Very "robust" (i.e. "fat")sound in the PA out front (as far as my 25 foot cable would take me, anyhow).


The Low-Z mode really rocks. I didn't adjust anything (trim pots) when I installed the preamp -- I wanted to try the unit with "stock" settings. . .Very Three-Dimensional (esp. Low-Z mode). IMO, it responds well to the overall volume control. I also found that, if we were playing a "quieter" song, I could leave the volume rolled up full, leave the EQ alone and switch to "Mid-Z" mode for a more "subdued" tone.


Very convenient, no-nonsense overall.


Anybody else out there have one of these? If so, chime in -- I'd like to hear other takes on it. I think it's a really nice unit, and very reasonably-priced. Doesn't have the 40 Hz "girth" that my tried-and-true Sadowsky onboard preamp has -- which made me skeptical at first -- but has a very distinct personality, one all its own.


Special Note: I usually *hate* onboard preamps with midrange controls. They've driven me near crazy in the past. . .Too much "honk" or too much "sludge", never a decent balance. . .Which is why I favored the Sadowsky. . .Just a 40Hz boost and a 4KHz boost. . .


But this one (Audere preamp W/mid control) seems to stay out of the way if you don't use it/need it. . .


Opinions may vary of course, but I'm really happy. :thu:


Peace. G'night. :D

"When it comes to havin' a good time, nothing beats 'fun'. . ."


-- Stefan Johnson

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Hi Rooster


I have the same unit installed in my Jaco Jazz. I have found the Audere EQ very useable across the whole range. I prefer a master volume and blend pot so I'm very happy there. I have it coupled with Nordstrand SE pick-ups which I really dig too.


I note that a small boost on the mids can add definition to the fretless rather than muddying the sound and so I know what you mean about normally disliking mid range EQ. Having to select a frequency and then to decide whether to boost it or cut it seems too much choice for me. These controls are very intuitive.


Overall I'm happy too.



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