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MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion 

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The MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion is more than just a direct box. It's got so many features, you may wonder how you ever did without it! I...Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion is more than just a direct box. It's got so many features, you may wonder how you ever did without it! It includes a distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls; a noise gate to help keep it clean; a Color control; and 3-band EQ control that lets you dial in any tone you need. It also provides phantom power, and sports a parallel output jack for flexibility in routing. Whether you like it sweet and clean or hot and nasty, this DI does it all!

FEATURES
  • Distortion channel with gain, volume, and blend controls
  • Color knob
  • 3-band EQ
  • Phantom power
  • 1/4" and XLR outs
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MXRM-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion
 
4.9

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

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    (10)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Reviewed by 79 customers

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5.0

Great bass DI

By Matty

from Kokomo, IN

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

    This DI is a great addition to my home studio, also provides great tone for live use. My gearhead Justin was super knowledgeable and helpful to help me find the right equipment for my needs. If you need someone to contact directly call him at ext 3263!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Work MXR

    By ToxicTabasco

    from Nevada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

      After researching all the many offerings for Bass DI, I saw a lot of hype on the MXR M80 DI+. The online reviews, and demos were tops, and the comments great. Thus, I decided to get one. After setting it up with my BB 424x, Amp and DAW, I tested it out. And I was amazed at the difference the M80 has on TONE. I'm a TONE seeker. For decades I've played guitar and use low watt tube amps like the Tweed Deluxe, and silverface Princeton Reverb to get the best tone I could without pedals. That's something I wasn't able to do with a bass guitar. But now, the MXR M80 allows me to get a wonderful tube tone for recording at low volumes. And I can now go direct into the interface for 2 great sounding bass tracks. And both give me a good bass tone that's easy to fit in the mix. When I play only with the amp, I leave the "Effect" and "Color" on all the time. It's just that good. The character of the "Color" is what I like about this pedal the most. It tightens up the sub frequencies, and rounds off the 80 to 120hz zone. Much like how I would EQ the DI signal. But it adds a smoothness that my Acoustic Amp doesn't have. Nevertheless, the M80 has all the features I need for recording: like Phantom power, and 3 band EQ to shape the Color tone much like a preamp. Also, it has a distortion feature with blend and gain controls with a gate, to tweak just the right amount of edge on the tone. And the signal is clean and strong. No tone sucking here, and no line noise unless you crank up the distortion. Yep, all they review hype was correct. The MXR M80 DI+ is a solid piece of gear that's a great addition for Bass guitar recording.

       
      4.0

      Yes

      By Michael

      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

          I do music as a hobby, I use the MXR with my dads old teisco del Ray bass. Probably wouldn't work for everyone, but to my poor ears and for my purposes, sounds tough.

           
          5.0

          The Reviews Are Correct

          By Lobo

          from Hampton, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

              Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

              You can't go wrong with this little jewel. Have played acoustic and electric bass for 30 years. In last 1 1/2 years, I have been doing some playing with a close friend. We have tried every combination of acoustic, electric and finally: Acoustic guitar and my electric Fender P. We are able to get the right sound for the mix straight through the head with both using DI boxes. No lugging around those heavy amps. The price was great and the return policy sealed the deal. I really don't think you will be disappointed.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Liking it more and more!!

              By Billy

              from Chapel Hill, NC

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                I just got it from Musician's Friend and plugged it into my Presonus rig. Did wonders to my bass tone. Not a huge fan of distorted bass sounds, but this unit can add a little edge to the output without overpowering it. My active bass - a Lakland - gets clearer in the mix with this MXR DI box, and I look forward to making more recordings with it. As far as live performances go, if you got a good sounding amp, doubt you'll need this, but for direct recording, it's essential.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazingly Diverse and Versatile.

                By Arctic bassist

                from Anchorage, Ak

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                  This pedal is quite literally an "Always on" pedal. Right from the beginning it allows you to dial in the clean tone of your dreams using not only the 3 band EQ, but a specially designed enhancer called the "Color" switch. From there, you dial in the individual distortion channel's settings to get the right amount of gain, adjust how much the signal from your clean setting blends into the distorted channel and adjust the noise gate settings to get a perfectly tuned effect in a pedal that is absolutely affordable for any player's budget. I run this pedal after a BOSS TU-3 and before a MXR M-87 bass compressor using both 4 and 5 string basses with onboard EQ's and this pedal handles anything you throw at it very faithfully. None of that digital nonsense with one level of distortion. This pedal is completely analog and reproduces your playing style and dynamics the way all pedals should.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Piece of Gear!!

                  By BassRocker311

                  from Memphis, TN

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                  I got this piece of gear to use as my pre-amp for acoustic gigs and it offers fantastic sound in a compact design for a very resonable price. I was very pleased with the sound that I get from it. I highly recommend this over the more expensive competition.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Made my tone

                  By davidjohndesign

                  from Portland, Maine

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                    This pedal literally made me go from absolutely hating my tone to loving it. I didn't even know it existed until I went to my local music shop and saw it next to the sansamp I went there to buy. Tried them side by side and within minutes my mind was made up. So much more control, better build quality, and less expensive = no brainer. You will love this thing, especially if you want more of a tube sound but on a solid state budget. I would buy another in a heartbeat and I absolutely refuse to plug in without it.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Indispensable

                    By casbonano

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                      Very rarely does a musician find a piece of gear that stick around forever. As for myself, basses and amps have come and gone but this unit has stayed. Mainly because it can make any bass or bass and amp combo sound better. Period. Indispensable piece of kit. Seriously.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Everybody should own one

                      By pharmer81

                      from Nebraska

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion:

                        It adds nice richness to your tone, while still allowing you to make it your own. The distortion is awesome and eliminates the need for an additional stomp box. My favorite feature is that you can blend the distorted signal and the clean signal to dial in just the right amount. I use this pedal, a compressor, and a chorus, and I can get any sound I will ever need or want. The pedal is dead silent and built like a brick. Awesome buy.

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