Walrus Audio Badwater Bass Preamp DI Direct Box Pedal

Consider this your next bass rig! The Walrus Audio Badwater is a bass preamp DI, optical compressor, EQ, and more all in one spectacular-looking enclosure.

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Overall User Ratings (based on 1 ratings)
  • Overall:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Submitted September 4, 2023 by Russell

"Great pedal- ultimately not for me though"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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This is a great pedal- you essentially get three high quality effects- a compressor, an overdrive, and a preamp/eq all for the price of one. The compressor is the most impressive- you can set attack/release with internal trim pots, and it sounds great. It's very smooth and adds tons of sustain if you want, which is especially good for smaller or quieter setups, like for playing at home. The overdrive is pretty adaptable and relatively modern sounding. However, it sounds more like a wild fuzz at higher settings and can't get that tight, fizzy, grindy sound like you can get with Darkglass pedals, which is ultimately why I'm sending it back. It will be more than useful for 95% of players in any style. It really is very adaptable and does sound great. The EQ section could have been more smartly voiced, it only goes down to 500 Hz, and goes all the way up to 7.5 Khz. This is good if you want to boost things and bring out certain characters of your sound, but not good for cutting frequencies. Most bass players are gonna want to cut something out between 180 and 500 Hz or so and you can't do that with this pedal. Overall, this thing is a good one stop shop as far as preamps go. The sound and features make it a bargain; they could easily charge $300+ for this it sounds so good. If you're looking to define and refine your sound this is a great purchase; I think it beats out Sansamp or really anything else in this category.

Musical Background:

20+ years playing bass

Musical Style:

Hardcore punk
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