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Grace Design BiX Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

Studio quality acoustic instrument preamplifier, EQ, DI, and boost
MFR# BiX

Product Description

In a few short years, FELiX and AliX have become the preamps of choice for discerning touring and recording musicians. From Banjo to bass players, they enable performers to perfect their stage and studio sound beyond what was previously possible. And now directly from this lineage comes the Grace Design BiX, which shares the exact same DNA of its bigger siblings, but with an intelligently streamlined feature set and a price that puts it in reach of any performer, whether on their way to the local coffee shop or the megadome.

Controls are dead simple – input gain, high and low shelving EQ, and a 10dB variable boost circuit, with footswitches for mute and boost. I/O includes the instrument input, separate send and return insert jacks, an unbalanced line output, and a balanced ISO DI output on XLR. For enhanced EQ control, rear panel DIP switches select between two different transition frequencies for both High and Low controls. And BiX is pedalboard friendly, with a 9VDC power input and a compact, rugged low-profile chassis.

Sonically, BiX is a carbon copy of its bigger siblings, with crystal clear, ultra-quiet audio performance. A better than 30 VDC internal operating voltage provides for incredible headroom. The highs are smooth and open, and the lows are deep and rock solid. The dynamics and tone of the instrument come alive with clarity and realism, which translates to creating a deeper bond between you and your instrument.

Features:

  • 1/4" high impedance input
  • Separate FX send and return
  • 1/4" unbalanced line output
  • Balanced XLR DI transformer iso output
  • 10dB variable boost
  • Mute and Boost footswitches
  • High and Low shelving EQ
  • Selectable EQ transition frequencies
  • 9 VDC operation
  • Over 30 V internal operating voltage
  • Pedalboard friendly design
  • 5 year transferable warranty
  • Made in the USA

Product Specifications

Condition New
Unit Weight 1.2 lb
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis Desktop
Input Connectors 1/4-inch TRS
Output Connectors 1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR

Product Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars.
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This thing sounds fantastic, worth every penny. Highly recommend. My only qualms are as follows: The input jack is the far left one and the xlr the far right. Not sure what the thinking is there, but its slightly annoying since signal flow generally goes right to left. One feature I wish it had would be the ability to use the 1/4” output as “always on” in order to use as a tuner out with the preamp muted. Those two small things aside, this thing feels built to last and sounds even better than I had hoped it would. Using with a yamaha a5m and she’s never sounded better.

By Brandon S on December 23, 2022

Loop effects are buffered so input gain needs to be readjusted when using reverb or tremolo or delay. Not optimal input gain
The pedal sounds good but I wish the loop effect wasn’t buffered.

By Jorge A on August 26, 2022

It is a simple box and seems easy to use yet didn't provide the ability to use a phantom powered mic. Using adapters from XLR to 1/4" jack didn't work. I had to upgrade to the most expensive model (Felix 2) in order to use my mic.

By Jesse B on April 6, 2022

Love my uncomplicated BIX and the fast service at Vintage King.

By Dag G on June 19, 2021

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