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TC Electronic SpectraDrive Bass Preamp & Line Drive

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Bass Preamp/DI Pedal with Overdrive, Compression, 4-band EQ, 1/8" Headphone Output, 1/8" Aux Input, and TonePrint Technology
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The SpectraDrive Bass Preamp & Line Driver brings some of TC's most enviable tone-sculpting options, as well as a clean, robust, configurable, transformer-balanced DI and a host of smart practice features to a single enclosure. A 4-band EQ makes short work of correcting any tonal deficiencies in your instrument or crafting a particular aesthetic. TonePrint-able TubeDrive (drive/distortion) and SpectraComp (compression) sections offer virtually unlimited options to transform your tone for blues to funk to metal. And the SpectraDrive's built-in BonaFide Buffer keeps your signal bright and full amid long runs of stage cable.

TC Electronic SpectraDrive Bass Preamp & Line Drive at a Glance:

  • Practice, perform, and record with the same pedal
  • TubeDrive (overdrive/distortion) and SpectraComp (compression) sections are TonePrint capable
  • 4-band EQ compensates for deficiencies in instruments and arrangements
  • 1/8" aux input and 1/8" phones output let you practice along to music on your mobile device
  • Transformer-balanced XLR line output sends a wet or dry signal to FOH or a recorder
  • 1/4" in/out/thru supports amps and tuners

    Download fresh inspiration via TonePrint

    Both the TubeDrive and SpectraComp sections of the TC Electronic SpectraDrive are TonePrint ready. Now, using the free TonePrint app on your smartphone, you can beam presets from featured artists and fellow users right to your pedal. Bluetooth and wireless networking are NOT required. Just download presets to your mobile device, play the TonePrint from your phone into your pickups, and like that, your SpectraDrive is ready to roll with fresh inspiration. A USB connection is also included for those who like to dive deep into the settings.

    Powerful i/o

    Another part of what sets the SpectraDrive apart from the competition is its powerful i/o. The configurable, transformer-balanced XLR output and 1/4" Thru output, in addition to a standard 1/4" in and out, give bassists plenty of options for performing and recording. With the SpectraDrive, you can:

    • Send a dry signal to FOH while using SpectraDrive into your amp (XLR Pre mode)
    • Run SpectraDrive straight into a PA without the need for an amp (XLR Post mode)
    • Send an independent 1/4" signal to a tuner, FX processor, or amp (Thru output)
    • Run SpectraComp as a traditional pedal into any available line- or instrument-level input (1/4" in/out, XLR Post Inst/Line)

    Smart practice features

    Learning new music? Warming up backstage? The SpectraDrive has a studio-grade headphone out and an 1/8" auxiliary in to let you sculpt tones and build chops while away from your stage rig. Take it from bassists at Music Experience — whether you're performing, recording, or workshopping, you won't want to be far from your TC Electronic SpectraDrive Bass Preamp & Line Driver.

    What TC Electronic Says...

    SPECTRADRIVE Bass Preamp and Line Driver is a powerful tool for serious bass players in search of an exceptional sounding and ultra-flexible preamp. Jam-packed with useful features, SpectraDrive includes built-in TonePrint-customizable SpectraComp compression and distortion, as well as a custom built studio-grade DI Output. And SpectraDrive easily pulls double-duty as the perfect practice companion thanks to its high-quality headphone amplifier and Aux input.

    Ready, Set, TubeDrive...

    The TubeDrive TonePrint utility gives your bass the dynamic and warm sound and feel of a full blown tube amp. From just a single knob, TubeDrive serves up everything from a slightly overdriven tone with organic, rich harmonics all the way out to fuzzed out, edgy hard rock distortion and beyond. Plus, TubeDrive features its own dedicated footswitch – so you always kick it in at the ideal moment!


    Our acclaimed TonePrint setup not only lets you fine tune your overdrive, it provides access to the ultimate treasure trove of artist compression TonePrints in addition to the stellar selection but into the SpectraDrive. Using the same advanced multiband algorithm from our legendary System 6000 studio compressors, SpectraComp’s deceptively simple single knob operation gives you unequaled control over dynamics, and cuts through the mix like a flaming katana through warm butter. Just turn up the SpectraComp knob to dial in the perfect amount of compression!

    Smart EQ

    We’ve imported the intelligent EQ section from our much-loved BH800 bass head and re-engineered it to be an even more robust tone-shaping tool. The EQ stack is meticulously tuned for bass, meaning that instead of controlling one fixed set of frequencies when you turn a knob, each of the 4 knobs alters only a specific frequency range – whether you boost or cut them, you get total control over your tone.

    Not Your Average Stompbox

    SpectraDrive is more than just a bass preamp and distortion pedal, it’s also a professional DI box with a studio-grade balanced output – which connects nicely to your favorite mixing console or recording gear. The high grade components feature 3 toggle switches for Pre/Post EQ, Ground/Lift and Instrument/Line level, while the parallel outputs make it a breeze to send your dry bass tone to your amp or a separate tuner. The balanced DI feeds all the tone-saturated goodness of your SpectraDrive directly to the house system.

    Buff Up that Bass!

    Long cable runs can really take its toll on your tone, so we gave SpectraDrive the same circuit used in our best-selling BonaFide Buffer. No matter what you are playing through, SpectraDrive protects your tone with absolutely no loss of high-end frequencies or overall signal strength.

      TC Electronic SpectraDrive Bass Preamp & Line Driver Features:

      • High-quality bass preamp ported directly from TC’s line of bass amps gives you exceptional tonal options for practice, live, and studio performance
      • TubeDrive with TonePrint technology emulates preamplifier and power amplifier tube stages, offering you everything from subtle drive to full-on distortion
      • SpectraComp control with TonePrint technology provides a variety of ultra-transparent and highly musical multi-band compression profiles to cut through any mix
      • Intelligent EQ stack dedicated to bass has four simple control dials to give you easy and impressive tone-shaping
      • Balanced DI with pre/post switch allows direct connection to mixing consoles or recording equipment
      • Superior analog buffering from the BONAFIDE BUFFER pedal prevents signal distortion from long cable runs
      • Auxiliary rehearsal input for playback through speaker or headphones
      • Parallel outputs for tuning or sending clean signal to your amp and mixer
      • Studio-quality headphone amplifier with speaker emulation for personal practice and silent rehearsals
      • Simple, easy-to-use controls let you focus on playing
      • 3-Year Warranty Program*
      • Designed and engineered in Denmark

          Pedal Type Overdrive, Preamp, Compressor
          Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/8" (aux)
          Outputs 2 x 1/4" (out, thru), 1 x XLR
          Other I/O 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
          USB 1 x Micro-B
          Power Source 9V DC power supply required (sold separately)
          Manufacturer Part Number SPECTRADRIVE