Designed for electric bassists, the Source Audio Soundblox 2 Multiwave Bass Distortion Pedal takes the distortion effects provided by the original Soundblox Pro stompbox and crams them into a more compact housing, one encased in cast aluminum. It also subtracts the seven-band graphic equalizer found on the Soundblox Pro, adding a three-band tone control and noise gate instead. Depending on how you operate in a live setting, these controls might be more beneficial for your playing style.
On this pedal, you’ll find 23 bass distortion effects, as well as a clean boost. Sounds can be saved in two user presets, both of which can be engaged with the dual footswitches, which also allow you to bypass the effects completely, or to save edited presets and store them in the pedal’s memory. With a three-level noise gate, distortions segmented into various categories, and three different methods of external control, the stompbox gives you the ability to craft a wide array of tones.
The pedal sports multi-band and single-band distortions. In multi-band, the input signal is split into 10 discrete frequency bands, with each one distorted independently and recombined at the output signal. Single-band processing mimics more traditional analog distortion effects. These two processes are further segmented into three genres: "Normal" for more traditional distortion within each category, "Foldback" for synth-like, aggressive fuzz distortions), and "Octave," which elicits unconventional harmonic saturation an octave above the notes you’re playing. Thus, the pedal can provide a plethora of possibilities for your pedal rig. A DC power supply is included with the pedal.
Key Features at a Glance
Signal can be split into multiple bands and distorted individually for sound clarity.
The unit features Source Audio’s 56-bit Digital Signal Processor, the SA601, and crystal clear 24-bit converters.
Compared to its big sibling, the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass distortion, this pedal provides a more compact design.
The pedal utilizes a cast-aluminum housing for durability.
2 Easy-to-configure user presets are selectable via two footswitches.
Select either analog-buffered.
A three-band treble/mid/bass tone control is offered for tonal sculpting.
Separate CLEAN MIX and DISTORTION MIX knobs are offered for preserving low-end.
A multi-purpose control input provides integration with expression pedals, compatible MIDI controllers, and Hot Hand controllers.
A DC power supply is included.
Controls at a Glance:
DISTORTION MIX: This adjusts the overall level of the distorted signal. Along with the CLEAN MIX knob, it can be used to balance the levels of clean versus distortion. Also, the overall output level can be increased by turning up both clean and distortion mix levels.
DRIVE: This knob controls the amount of distortion gain applied to the signal.
EFFECT KNOB: Selects the type of distortion used, or selects the CLEAN BOOST mode.
TONE: Working in concert with the TONE SHAPE control, this knob will boost or cut treble, bass, or mid frequencies, depending on which mode is selected.
NOISE GATE: Controls the noise gate threshold level.
TONE SHAPE: There are three selectable tone shapes: TREBLE, MID, and BASS. This control works in conjunction with the TONE knob. Press the TONE SHAPE button to scroll through the three tone control options. The TONE knob will adjust the level of cut or boost for the selected TONE SHAPE. The three tone shapes can be set independently and will not have affect each other.
FOOTSWITCHES: Enables/disables a preset depending on the selected footswitch; press and hold to save an edited preset.
MULTI-BAND FOLDBACK 4–9: The use of foldback in these settings creates more extreme distortion sounds. The higher-numbered effects have more foldback creating even more distortion. Power chords will work well with these modes.
MULTI-BAND OCTAVE 10–14: Settings 10 and 11 give the purest octave effect. Settings 12 through 14 also have foldback and can elicit unconventional tones. The responsivity of these modes all you to dial down the guitar volume knob for a different range of sounds.
SINGLE-BAND NORMAL 15–16: These two settings are conventional, single-band distortion sounds.
SINGLE-BAND FOLDBACK 17–19: With the entire guitar signal processed through a single foldback distortion curve, there will be much more intermodulation-type distortion produced. Long sustained notes and unison bends work well in these modes.
SINGLE-BAND OCTAVE 20–22: 20 is the purest single-band octave effect, while 21 and 22 include some foldback.
CLEAN BOOST: This setting bypasses the Drive knob and will not provide any distortion. The Tone and Output knobs still apply although there is no compression. The most common use for this setting is to have a preset that gives you clean signal boost with some tonal adjustment. This is also useful for when you want to morph from a clean sound to a distorted sound using an expression pedal.