Looking for a heavy-hitting analog acoustic guitar preamp? The Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preampdelivers reliable, sparkling sonics for acoustic guitarists and bassists. Any acoustic musician dreaming of serious quality sound will appreciate the Platinum Pro EQ.
Using the Platinum Pro EQ/DI
I purchased the Platinum Pro from Amazon in early 2015. I use it in two setups.
One, to provide extra boost and EQ when playing on the street with a Roland Bass MicroCube.
Two, when playing indoors, I’ll run an XLR from the Platinum Pro EQ/DI to a self-powered speaker. I run the TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb pedal through the effects loop.
You can also use the Platinum Pro as a DI to connect directly to the sound system. Other musicians have been happy with the DI. Though I don’t usually do this, I did run a musician friend’s upright bass through the Fishman. It sounded pretty good.
Features of the Fishman Platinum Pro
|17-volt, high-headroom, discrete Class-A preamp|
|5-band tone control with brilliance, treble, mid-range sweep, bass and bass cut|
|EQ mode options EQ for bass, guitar or many other acoustic instruments|
|Phase control and notch filter for feedback control|
|One dial-knob adjustable compressor|
|Chromatic digital tuner|
|Volume boost foot switch with adjustable level control (up to+12 dB)|
|Balanced XLR D.I. with pre/post EQ setting and ground lift|
|1/4" input, output, effects loop input/output, XLR DI|
|6.2” L x 5.6” W x 2.2” H|
(158 mm x 143 mm x 54 mm)
|optional 9-volt battery powered|
|Fishman 910R power adapter - You need to buy this separately!|
- The overall sound of the pedal. It helps produce clean sound.
- The boost pedal helps when switching from ryhthm to lead. You can also adjust the boost level.
- A little bit of compression will usually help tighten up an acoustic guitar’s boominess. (Of course, combined with EQ)
- The compression does sound pretty good, too.
- I appreciate the effects loop and the DI/XLR output. It provides good versatility
- I haven’t really used the feedback reduction, but it could come in handy. It may have a steeper learning curve.
- Can use a 9v, so it’s portable.
- Works for bass and guitar.
- Sometimes it can sound a little tinny. You can figure out how to reduce the tinny-ness, but it can sound a little weird if it’s not adjusted correctly.
- The power cable is a little cheap feeling. And, you have to buy in addition to the pedal.
Overall, I think this is a very good pedal. Sure, there’s better preamps. But they probably cost twice as much and may not be as versatile.