Bass Effects

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by HPCC-SE, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. HPCC-SE

    HPCC-SE Guest

    Hey guys I'm looking for some cool effects to throw on my bass sound. Whats a good rack mount processor for that kinda stuff. I was looking at a Line 6 Bass POD but i heard PODs were trash. Any suggestions?
  2. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    Pods are not trash. Do they replace a great collection of boutique amps and speakers?? No. Are they very useable and capable of producing a wide variety of tones?? Yes. You can use them to get some really unique sounds. You might also try some stomp boxes. I use a big muff pi distortion on bass for some very interesting sounds.

    Are you looking for distortion, modulation, reverb, or all of the above? What's your budget?

  3. HPCC-SE

    HPCC-SE Guest

    Mostly all of the above, I'll sacrifice distortion for some better Reverb and chorus effects. My budget is about 300 dollars, I'm kinda broke right now. I just want something that will give my bass some extra tones without buying a new guitar or amp.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I have had almost every frinckin bass pedal on the planet. I say get yourself a SansAmp DI, they make a rackmounted version and a pedal. I have the pedal, I love it!
    The SansAmp is AWESOME and for the money (I think they are still around $220) they ARE the best pedal you can get for around $200. I also would suggest getting a T.C. electronic chorus/flanger pedal. The T.C. will pass all of your lower freq.
    That's the main issue is using a product that is rated from 20 Hz - 20k Hz. Or atleast somewhere close to that. The Big Muff Pie is sweet also. But I have since upgraded to the Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor.
    Morley wah's sound great on bass. And are really nice wah pedals. IMO
    All of the pedals I mentioned WILL pass all your lower register from your bass guitar.
    Do yourself a favor and goto a local music store with your bass and plug into them and try 'em out.
    Let me know.
    By the way here's my setup

  5. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Active Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    After having dozens of effects pedals, I got the best one of all... a cable that goes straight from my bass to the amp! Never could get the effects working for me, hope your results are better!

    BROKENBONES Active Member

    Jul 18, 2004
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    i agree with that. the bass effects that work for me are compression and chorus . never could understand reverb on a bass and why players would want that when what you should be chasing is a tight gereat bass sound. wah on bass sounds good i must admit though.
    Sans simulator is a good idea.
  7. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    bass can also sound great with a bit of the 'ol flanger in there. not to much . in my bas playing days I always avoided it but I can see that a lot of up and comiing players tend to go for that type of thing.
  8. HPCC-SE

    HPCC-SE Guest

    Yeah, well I wasn't looking for a huge effect difference. I know it is hard to put effects on the low end sound of a bass and make it sound good. More or less, I want something to give it a different punch so thanks for the input.
  9. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    Sep 26, 2003
    Aurora, ON, Canada
    Boss ME-50B. Almost all of the classic Boss stompboxes (delay, chorus, overdrive, wah, EQ, etc.) stuffed into one analog box and it streets at $295.

    It doesn't have a balanced out but if you use a DI or instrument in that shouldn't matter.

    A lot of bassists like it better than its more expensive digital modeling version, the GT6B.

    With respect to the Sans Amp Bass Driver, I think it's overrated. I sold mine. It was noisy, and gave me a blurry, indistinct sound. It is really great for live use, but IMHO not the best solution for recording. YMMV

    I ended up replacing it with a Peavey MAX tube bass preamp. I have now started bass tracking through the Focusrite TrakMaster and find that to be the best solution for me so far.

    I'm going to take delivery soon of an ART Pro MPA, and I'm interested in tracking bass with that too.

    I thought of something else. For recording, you might consider a Boss SE-50 multi-effects. It is very well thought of as a good "swiss army knife" effects box. It might not be the last thing in transparency and audio fidelity for all instruments, but good enough for bass guitar.
  10. HPCC-SE

    HPCC-SE Guest

    What about the PH-3 Phase Shifter? Would that give it a cool sound or would that muddy up the sound on the bass?
  11. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    Sep 26, 2003
    Aurora, ON, Canada
    I'm correcting myself from my previous post. From another forum I have found out that the ME50B is digital circuitry, not analog like the individual Boss pedals it is supposed to replace for many of its effects.
  12. nihility0000

    nihility0000 Guest

    im a bass player and recently picked up the boss gt-6b. a litlle pricey but absolutely great tone. all boss effects with some added. plus a nice little s/pdif out for DI (although it only spits out 44.1) i use it live and in the studio, simply the best multi effects processor i have ever had.

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