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Providence Dual Bass Station Review

Providence Dual Bass Station Review

Simple to use and sonically superb, the Providence Dual Bass Station offers the kind of flexibility that will appeal to pro players.

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One tried-and-true business plan for pedal companies to first offer a few effects for guitarists, gain notoriety, broaden their lines, and then start offering pedals for bassists. That’s when the delicate work begins: When a pedal company rolls out its first dedicated bass pedal, what should be first? Chorus, fuzz, or maybe an octave pedal?

For their first bass offering, Japan-based Providence decided to hit low-enders at their tonal core without wizardry and smoke. Knowing Providence’s wares have been used by such heavyweights as Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather, I was eager to check out the company’s new Dual Bass Station.

Dualing It Well
Intended to be used as an “always-on” device, the Dual Bass Station is a 2-channel bass preamp designed for maximum headroom. It’s housed in a lightweight yet sturdy chassis, and the switches and knobs are all smooth and tight. Each channel (A and B) has a row of controls consisting of a 3-band EQ with a master level control. Additionally, each channel has a tiny midrange-frequency dial that lets you contour those frequencies that are so critical to bassists.

There are two footswitches: one for A/B channel switching and the other to mute the unit. The 1/4" jacks on the back are inputs for each channel, a tuner, and a line out. The lights on the front are incredibly bright—a boon for those who play in dark clubs and sun-soaked stages. All in all, it’s a pretty straightforward design.

For some bottom-end boost, the Dual Bass Station delivered, and it gave me the medicine-dropper touch of treble I like while keeping the vibe of the instrument intact and not masking the vintage tone.

The Dual Bass Station is touted as operating on 24 volts, yet it has a 12-volt adapter. So what gives? Well, the pedal has an internal voltage doubler that’s designed to give it plenty of headroom. And the fact that the unit comes with a dedicated power supply that sports a low profile (as opposed to a heavy wall wart) is a big plus for me. I’ve had pedals that run on specialized voltage not come with an adapter, leaving me to supply the power. This can lead to sub-par performance and leave you scratching your head about how the pedal sounds.

Out of the box, the Dual Bass Station intrigued me for a couple of reasons. I like that each channel is the same, which shortens the learning curve. And because each is the same, you don’t have to be channel-specific with your instruments.

The Dual Bass Station is set up to offer either channel switching with one bass (get your boosted-midrange soloing on), or let you plug in two different basses and EQ each one individually. For this test run, I chose a warm and mellow passive vintage P and an active Warwick Streamer Pro M, which is a midrange-heavy fretless. I played both basses through an Eden Metro combo amp.

Max Headroom
With the pedal’s EQ and volumes set identically flat on both channels, I got things started with the Warwick Pro M. The pedal’s semi-parametric EQ is pretty flexible with a 14 dB boost or cut for the bass controls at 60 Hz, the mids running a very wide 150 Hz to 1 kHz, and the treble coming in at 3 kHz.


Lightweight, great tones, easy as pie to dial in.

Players hooked on features may want a few more bells and whistles.


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Providence Dual Bass Station

With the mid freq set flat as well, the Warwick growled in all its midrange glory. I was able to tame this by rolling off the mid freq and this mellowed out the bass with no further adjustments needed.

But I like how the Warwick cuts through the mix, so I pushed the mid freq back to flat and let the EQ do the work. Small adjustments go a long way with this pedal. I could boost the treble just 1/8 of a turn and the bass opened right up with definition and punch. By boosting the bass control the same amount, I was greeted with an overall warming of the Warwick’s tone without losing its sonic personality. Here’s what’s really cool about both channels being the same: While adjusting channel A, I could A/B my tweaks with the original EQ setting and not let my new EQ settings run away from me.

Next on deck was the passive P bass that I have strung with flatwounds. I like my flatwound basses with just a hair of presence, but more important to me is that the bass is felt more than heard. For some bottom-end boost, the Dual Bass Station delivered, and it gave me the medicine-dropper touch of treble I like while keeping the vibe of the instrument intact and not masking the vintage tone. When I came up on the overall level for the P, the pedal delivered all the gain I wanted and kept the sound as clean as can be, even at high levels.

The Verdict
Even if you have a 2-channel amp with switching capability, you’re going to want to check out this pedal. Not only does it sound really good, its simple approach can tame the two-bass dilemma in a simple stomp without losing the tone of your fingers or the basses. I like the mute switch, which helps if you are plugging and unplugging, or just trying to save batteries on your backup active bass. So if massive, clean headroom combined with a user-friendly and highly flexible EQ sounds appealing, the Dual Bass Station should be next on your demo list.