Monique is the all-tube Bass pre-amplifier. Monique is the all-tube Bass DI. Monique is the all-tube active EQ for Bass.
Monique is the perfect front end for the modern Bass Amp rig.
Monique is the perfect studio Bass front end.
We all enjoy the sound and playing characteristics of the great all-tube Bass amps, but few of us look forward to carrying that much weight around. Imagine an all-tube bass amplifier with the perfect tone and astounding touch - but without the power output section. That is Monique.
Today, lots of us walk into a session with only our Bass and a small DI. Easy on the back, but this can leave others in control of our sound. Monique keeps you in control of your sound and your playing experience in every environment.
Here is a video of the fantastic Zach Rudulph playing Monique on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Andy Grammer Band. That is my friend Jay Terrien on Viola in the video. Tom Bowlus reviewed Monique in Issue #8 of Bass Gear Magazine in July 2012. You can also learn more about Monique in this review by Jake Wolf of Bass Musician Magazine.
Plug your bass into the front of Monique and jack her into your favorite bass amplifier. Monique will always reproduce the sound of your bass and your playing technique beautifully. Monique is not a High Gain distortion box. Plenty of pedals will do that. She is here to make sure your sound is heard and felt accurately. Your input "Sensitivity" is fully adjustable from pristine clean to huge bass tone for both active and passive pickups. To add some boost to passive pickups, pull the "Sensitivity" knob out for a 4db gain increase.
Monique has two outputs: Line Level output (1/4" Single Ended TRS) and a separate XLR balanced DI output that is driven by a beautiful Cinemag transformer. Both outputs have their own separate level controls. The Line Level control is also a push-pull switch. Left in, the Line Level control gives you the original Monique (0db .775volt) output. When you pull the Line Level control out you get a 4db increase in both the Line Level and the Balanced XLR outputs. That gives you up to (+4db 1.25volts) from the Line Out and (-10db .775volts) from the Balanced XLR output.
The Line Level Output often goes directly to the input jack of your amplifier, but it's 10K output impedance also hooks up well to an Effects Loop Receive, a Power Amp Input, or a Line Input jack. This Line output is designed for amplifiers with an input sensitivity specification of up to 1.25 Volts RMS. If you have any doubts about your amp having sufficient input sensitivity to work with Monique, give us a call and we will check your amp specifications for you.
The DI Balanced XLR output will keep your most critical studio engineer very very happy.
The three phase EQ of the Monique is a Baxandall type, similar to that used in the Ampeg SVT. This EQ gives you 20db plus and minus from the center of each control. This also means that this is a non-interactive equalizer.
In the Studio, just like on stage, Monique sounds astounding and plays with a "touch" that will amaze you. She also has exceptionally low noise levels (way lower than any tube Bass Amplifier). You can check out sound samples, and some very well prepared A/B sound tests of Monique and other excellent DI's here.
Small in size at 10" wide, 6" deep, and 8" tall (except for the rack mount), Monique is light and easy to get to the studio or the gig. You can have her in the gorgeous bamboo cabinet shown on the left, or the all steel "Dove Cage" configuration on the right. For the road warriors among us she is also available as a 2 space 19" rack mount shown below. She also comes ready for US power or anywhere else in the world.
Monique is completely hand made here in the United States. The chassis is American made. Even the transformers are American made. All the point-to-point wiring in the Monique is done by hand in Santa Cruz California. There are no printed circuit boards.