The Ashdown company has been taking the condition of bassists’ backs into consideration for several years, providing us with more and more lightweight equipment. The amplifiers are mainly produced and size reduced by the company, which does not mean that heavy artillery is not available in the assortment. (laugh)
More than a month ago, Ashdown gave birth to a pocket-sized (we mean that in the literal sense) practice pre-amp, which will also work for studio work. The device is called Tone Pocket. Rightly so as this baby weighs only 272 grams and, due to its dimensions (26 x 108 x 95 mm) can easily fit in the back pocket of your trousers.
Despite the small size, the company managed to fit the most necessary working tools inside the device. On the rear and front panels we can find:
- Line output
- Socket for car charger
- Socket for mains adapter
USB (the ability to load and record sound)
- Line input
- Instrumental input
- Headphone output 3-band equalizer (each band adjusted in the range of ± 15 dB)
The baby can also be powered by a 9V battery, which is enough for 8 hours of work. It is also worth mentioning that there are two chargers included in the set: a mains adaptor (10V) and a car charger (12V). The producer recommends using a set of Meters OV-1 headphones. The headphones are interesting in the sense that they have the same signal meter as those used in amplifiers produced by the company. Of course, you can use any kind of headphones.
A USB output allows us to record sound in any DAW program and, thanks to the line output, we can safely connect the preamplifier to our PA or power amplifier.