MXR Goes Smaller with Direct Bass in the M81 Bass Preamp

I’m all about micing a bass amp, because personally I like a nice tube head with some gain on it. But for those of you who like a nice XLR for lining your signal in direct while shaping the tone, MXR have just expanded their range with this M81 Bass Preamp.


They’ve taken the larger M80 Bass D.I.+ and shrunk it down to the bare essentials. Removing the clean blend and dedicated distortion footswitch, as well as the parallel output. So you’re left with core tone shaping and a couple essential bells and whistles like pre/post EQ on the direct out, and a ground lift.

The Bass Preamp was announced a few months ago, but is hitting the stores now. You should see it for a street price of $169. Here’s the stats from MXR:

  • Separate Input and Output Level Controls
  • 3-band EQ with Sweepable Midrange
  • All Analog Circuitry
  • Direct Out with Pre/Post EQ and Ground Lift Switches

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • I wish it had an emulated cab option.

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