by Jef | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Providence BFX-1 active bass switcher looper pedal

Providence BFX-1 active bass switcher looper pedal  ·  Source: Providence/YouTube


Japanese company Providence has introduced the new Bass FX Console BFX-1, a new bass switcher with an onboard preamp, a Vitalizer B and a D.I. Out. This new low-impedance solution for active bass players promises a one stop solution for those that like their effects pedals and lots of control.


Low Impedance

The new Bass FX Console BFX-1 is essentially a set of four effects loops designed from the ground up for bass players. The onboard Vitalizer circuit converts incoming signals to low impedance, which suits active bass signals and keeps your sound how you want it. The onboard loops consist of three series, letting you chain effects in order and one separate loop.

You can program four combinations of the four loops, with instant recall and no delay all via the Program mode, which seems a great concept for live sets and also complex studio work.

Vitaliser circuit

On top of all of this, you get a 4-band EQ with Vitalizer incorporated into the bass preamp section, which has mini pots in a row for easy access to all parameters. Loop 1 can also be used to toggle power to the EQ section as well.


The DI Out is on XLR and allows you to record a more complex effects pedal setup as well. Having a balanced output makes everything easier and there’s also a ground lift switch to help avoid unwanted noise. Your output can be switched between Loop 3 or 4, making it a really flexible piece of kit for more complex effects setups.

I can see this being perfect for gigging and touring players, but also a really handy utility box/switcher for session players as well.


It’s not exactly cheap, but if you have a more complex bass effects setup, then this new unit could be perfect for you. My Japanese is rubbish, but I have included a little demo video below, just in case you wanted to hear and see how these work.


Providence Bass FX Consol BFX-1 product page


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