NEMPHASIS
Joel M c lv e r stomps N em p hatically on three new bass effects from Ita ly
Madison & Fifth
www.madisonandfifth.co.uk
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n the wake of Nespresso, the George Clooney-endorsed coffee
brand, comes Nemphasis, another product with an N in front
of a common word. W hat next, Nampeg and Nashdown? While
we're wiping away tears of laughter at our own wit, check out
these proudly all-analogue pedals: a bass overdrive, compressor
and chorus among them. At just under £150 each, they're not
your common-as-muck effects units, that's for sure, but then again
that price tag does make them affordable to most bassists in gainful
employment. All three are the same size and weight and share the
same casing, LED, stomp switch, input/output and power options,
making it tempting to lay all three identical boxes in a row on your
pedalboard, for those of the OCD persuasion.
The Smoking Bass Overdrive is simple and dead easy to manage,
with a Gain control doing all the work, Bass and Treble there to
modulate the tone and a Volume pot for obvious reasons. W hat
distinguishes the SBO from the 950 million other overdrives
currently on the market is its gentle touch. The boffins at
Nemphasis obviously understand that bass players' distortion needs
differ radically from those of guitarists, for whom they also build
several effects units. As a result, the drive tones available here
range from super-subtle, via a soft crunch and a space-rock buzz.
There's no caffeined-up, bug-eyed treble screech option, which you
so often end up with when you borrow your guitarist's distortion. If
that's the sound you need, look elsewhere.
TECHNICAL SPEC IFICATIO N
PRICE
I £149 each
MADE IN
I Italy
CONTROLS
I (Smoking
Gain, Bass, Treble, Volume; (VT Comp Bass
Optical Compressor) Compress, Attack,
Level; (Steam Bass Analog Chorus) Depth,
Speed, FX Level, High Pass Filter low/high
selector switch
POWER
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9V battery or external power
supply (neither included)
DIMENSIONS
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71 x 120 x 55mm
WEIGHT
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250g (excl. battery)
W H A T W E TH IN K
PLUS
I Solid construction, surprisingly
subtle effects range
MINUS
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Battery access could be quicker
OVERALL
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Designed for bass and true to
analogue values. Bellissimo!
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