One common criticism I am seeing about the Le Bass, and on listening I concur with, is the built in cab sim. It’s overtuned for the dirty channel, so for the clean channel when it is on it makes the tone sound dead, like the worst dead flatwounds you have ever heard. Very little presence, basically defeating the purpose of having a tube preamp.
And then on the other hand, the dirty channel seems to almost require the cab sim because it’s pretty rich in high harmonics. And it’s got tons of presence and generally sounds good.
So, when blending them in parallel, the onboard IR kills the presence on the clean stage. Bummer.
Not really a factor for me because I run my own IR later. But good to know.
But all in all the clean channel of the thing so far comes off to me as… well, kind of boring. Which is too bad but I expected a lot more presence for some reason.
The dirty channel and the fusion modes sound pretty damn good though.
I just love the concept of this thing. This one guy posted a vid swapping out the tube with a bunch of different classic tubes and you can really hear the differences:
Actually relatively decent presence on that one, going in to an external cab sim.