Realist Docking Station: Bass Volume Control for All
Clever, clean and compact: These are the first thoughts that came to mind when checking out the new Realist Docking Station from Ned Steinberger and David Gage.
“Volume control for all” is their mantra. The Docking Station is a solidly constructed dock and volume knob, with a ¼-inch input and ¼-inch output that works with any acoustic string bass pickup. I found it to be a quick and easy installation: You simply loosen the E and A strings, then slide the unit between the ball-end of the strings and the back of the tailpiece. The tension of the strings holds it in place. Another benefit to the Docking Station is how nicely it cleans up jack mounting issues. No awkward twist-ties, Velcro or tape required.
I took the Realist Docking Station for a spin at a small club date. The anodized volume knob was easy to spot, and within reach.
My sound was the same, but now I was in control of my level on the fly (no more turning around to adjust the amp volume). Who needs a volume pedal? Also, if you want the resistance bypassed entirely, there is the Jack- Pot, a potentiometer that allows you to go beyond the loudest setting with one click.
From a purely practical standpoint, I ask this question: What bassist hasn’t found himself forgetting to mute his amp, setting his string bass down on the stage and encountering the thundering feedback of doom? The Docking Station eliminates that issue with ease. Bassists and soundmen rejoice!
If you use a pickup, the Realist Docking Station would be a nice addition to any string bassist’s arsenal. —Jon Paul
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Realist Docking Station:
Bass Volume Control for All
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