Nitewalker PREAMP


Live Professional Studio Sound Secret in a Live Performance or Home PC Setting

Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamps are a live professional studio sound secret for bass guitarists! First of all, we don’t guarantee that our preamp is a cure-all for the tone of the low notes. Furthermore, with some searching by trial and error a BIG improvement is possible. (“What live professional studio sound secret,” you ask? Who ever thought a professional studio sound in a live performance or home PC setting would be so easy? Just use a Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp in your effects chain!)

What is the secret, most noteworthy, part contained in this device, you might ask? We use either AudioNoteUK paper in oil capacitors or Russian Military Surplus paper in oil capacitors. It seems like both work almost as well as the other. Especially relevant is the fact that there are less of the low-cost Russian Military Surplus Capacitors handy.  As a result of this people often ask, “Why don’t we use U.S. made paper in oil capacitors?”  This is due to the fact that simply of what is available cost too much. In conclusion, the discovery of this preamp technology was made with paper in oil capacitors salvaged from a 1950s church organ, which was made in the U.S.  Consequently, we prefer to use AudioNoteUK capacitors if we have to use expensive capacitors.  Another reason being that they are made for royalty, after all.

Live Professional Studio Sound Secret:

Multiple Settings and More Tonal Choices

You might have to buy a new bass guitar or amp and change to other of strings to achieve the top outcome, but with the Nitewalker Preamp you will have more tonal choices. Click here for compatible products.  Click here for our Merch Store. Your fellow band mates will notice a change in the tone they are able to create with the bass player using a Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp. “What live professional studio sound secret,” you ask? It’s remarkable what can happen!

Perhaps you’ve noticed when listening to recordings being played through large public address systems that live acts are never able to replicate certain of the cleaner sounding bass guitar players’ tone. With the use of a Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp it’s totally possible. Studio sound in a live performance situation by definition is created, never imitated.

"What live professional studio sound secret," you ask?

Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp controls

You may find that you are able to create better Highs with one setting on your amp and better Lows with another setting. This is the reason for the bi-amp capabilities of the Nitewalker Bass Guitar Preamp. You will be able to improve your tone even more using two channels on one amp or, even better, with two different amplifiers. A recent 2021 upgrade revised the AC heater circuit to include two 600 volt polypropylene capacitors. As a result of the upgrade the volume controls on the preamp may be turned up to allow for the use of tube saturation. This was only possible before the upgrade with the use of a noise gate.

Acoustic instruments which use piezo pickups and are in the bass register can be made to create richer tone with a Newbasstone Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp in the bass tone circuit, too. Try plugging the output into the return on the send/return to bypass the inboard preamp on your Bass amp! No bass pedal board should be without one! A Newbasstone Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp in combination with a digital bass amp modeling effects processor is one of the best starting points in creating the perfect tone for any situation when playing an amplified bass register musical instrument. If you have a tube emulator remove the Nitewalker from the circuit and find some more patches that you enjoy for more variety! We dare you!

Tube overdrive is an old hotrodders trick from the 1950s, and you will sometimes find a “fat” switch on old amplifiers, which is the same thing. More voltage is fed to the plates of the tube when the tube is being overdriven. “What live professional studio sound secret,” you ask? This magnifies the tone for an even richer quality.

First of all, a powder coat finish improves the safety features of each Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp. This finish is an electrically insulating coating. The tweed covered versions are shellac coated, so any scratches are easily removed by rubbing with an ammonia soaked cloth. Most of all, the current draw is less that 250ma, even when in the overdrive mode. Consequently, that means there will be little effect on your electric bill with the use of one of these preamps. The basis for the circuit comes from movie theater PA systems, which were built to be working for years at a time with no maintenance.  In addition, all internal circuitry contains solder connections throughout, thereby eliminating the usual need for cleaning plug-in connectors. The only necessary maintenance will be to clean the pots and switches once in a while and make sure the single 12AX7 tube is in good condition. Furthermore, in accordance with modern standards Newbasstone, Inc. manufactures these newly revised preamps for the U.S. market. Currently, a second revision is being produced with a better signal to noise ratio. Here is a link to an explanation of the differences between revision 1 and revision 2,

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Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp used in simple Bass Cover with audio interface and laptop computer
Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp demonstration

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