Electro-Harmonix's Bass Metaphors channel strip puts an amazing amount of sonic flexibility into a single sound-shaping pedal. Not only do you get great distortion sounds, but you've got access to EQ and compression, as well. Bass Metaphors boasts a direct XLR output, 1/4" balanced and unbalanced outputs, and a standard instrument output. Leave your amp at home both in the studio and onstage and take your tone straight into the board. If you're looking to have a serious amount of control over your tone grab Bass Metaphors!