Note:- Thread restarted ....... with the correct title
Having bought the Markbass Super Synth and used it enough to asses that is pretty OK in a; "set it up before you leave home", way, I discovered that it had a fault. Its been returned. Now I have a chance to reassess if I should have bought something else, before I take a replacement.
What should I have bought? (clue :- not the Boss SYB-5). I want fast tracking and an autowah that sound like a happy pig.
Product Specialist for Musical Instruments, Full Compass Systems
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Well, there is no best. You might be best off with a good envelope filter, a good octave and a good fuzz. Mix/match to get your synth sounds. I have up and bought an actual synth. Novation Bass Station II. Does the job better than any pedals I've bought over the years.
Dealer for lots of great bass gear. G&L Club Member # 476, Hollowbody Bass Club Member #379, Wisconsin Bassists Club #115, Pink Paisley P Bass Club #1, TC RH450 Club #89
I've been researching bass synth pedals on this forum and youtube. There's one that I have on my wish list as of now: Subdecay Noise Box. Love what it does. Not sure if it'll do the auto-wah thing you're looking for.
edit: What is it you didn't like about the Markbass?
I wasn't that I didn't like the Markbass. Only that my particular unit had a fault. It was for that reason that I sent it back. It then dragged out that there were shipping issues that meant that I couldn't get the replacement until after the rehearsal I wanted it for.
So I thought I would have a refund and a rethink.
Well, of all the dedicated bass synth effects pedals I've owned, (which is all except the Akai Deep Impact), I still use the Markbass Super Synth. But, I also use the fuzz/octave/filter combination, too.
After having an EHX BMS for like a week, I sold it and went the Oct/Fuzz/Filter way with a twist. I bought a Zoom MS60B to stick in between my synth modded OC-2 and my 3leaf Wonderlove.
The way it turns out is I have one patch set up to be a gated fuzz (big muff into noise gate) to stick in between the octaver and filter. While the fuzz on the MS60B is not something I would suggest just for a grind tone due to its digitalness and lack of real analog dirtiness, it actually makes a pretty awesome electronically synth buzz/fuzz, and it can be tweaked pretty much endlessly with an EQ before it, or any of the other tone shaping pedals on the unit for that matter.
I also have various synth patches with the settings I want using the synth pedals that come on the unit, which obviously fit in well with the placement of the pedal at the beginning of the chain.
Additionally, the pedal just has a bunch of other useful stuff that can be used in the beginning of a pedal chain. Tone shaping, amp modeling (never use these...), and endless combinations of effects. I've been working on a pitch shifted bitcrushery conbination with the fuzz, gate, and pitch shifter that is pretty sweet (they also put a bit crusher on the guitar version of this pedal on the first update, hopefully they do the same for this bass version).
Also, while I have all of my time based effects at the end of my chain, now I have them all at the front of my chain as well for added versatility. Granted the reverb on the pedal, for example, is not as good as the Nimbus I have, but it's still there and has its own sound to integrate into some jams and to have at the beginning of the chain.
Pedal Breeders Big Board Club #21 The Fender Jazz Bass Club #1103 The Ibanez Club #1143 Gallien Kreuger Official Club # 1021 Gordo Club (Mike Gordon) #40