|andrklet ||01-09-2014 08:32 AM |
MXR Bass Overdrive, how clean is clean?
Just got a MXR bass overdrive. Haven´t really gotten to try it out yet. Except on a crappy little Laney guitar amp. The amp alone gives me a clean sound with my bass at low volumes. But I get quite a bit of overdrive with the MXR activated and adjusted to give the cleanest possible sound. I got the MXR to be able to mix a (relatively) clean sound with a overdriven one. But I feel the clean is too dirty, if you know what I mean?
I wont be able to test it on my bass rig for a couple of weeks, and I´m able to change the pedal if I want.
So my question. Can i expect to get more of a clean sound from the pedal, when i hook it up to my bass rig?
|FretNoMore ||01-09-2014 08:48 AM |
The clean on this pedal is not clean at all, it's "pre-tuned" to blend better with the distorted sound (according to MXR) and to my ears this pedal can't go from a completely unaffected clean to overdrive, the signal is changed both in terms of EQ and there's also always some (too much for me at the minimum setting) distortion.
Personally I have to say this is among my least liked pedals, I don't like the drive character and I don't like the way it changes the mids. A matter of opinion and taste, of course.
|Unemploid ||01-09-2014 08:53 AM |
i say, those that don't like the bass overdrive deluxe try out the bass fuzz deluxe, it may be what your looking for.
|FretNoMore ||01-09-2014 08:56 AM |
I'm not a fuzz guy at all, haven't heard one I like yet. There seems to be something of a divide betwen those who like fuzz and those who prefer overdrive. To me fuzz mostly sounds like something is broken. ;)
|rmars ||01-09-2014 09:04 AM |
Pork Loin. Clean blend isn't perfectly clean but it's MUCH cleaner than the Bass OD and you can actually hear the clean channel. I couldn't detect the clean blend at all with the Bass OD and found the blend knob useless.
|andrklet ||01-09-2014 09:21 AM |
Hmm.. I thought I was thorough in my search. But apparently not enough. Wanted a pedal with a good possibility to mix clean and dirty, with anything from light to go nuts overdrive.
Can I expect there to be any different characteristics when using a proper bass rig, than the Laney guitar, practice combo? Is there any point in organizing a test-session, or should I just take the MXR back. And perhaps order a Pork Loin.
|Unemploid ||01-09-2014 09:54 AM |
i just found out about the billy signature overdrive by ebs check it out.
|FretNoMore ||01-09-2014 09:55 AM |
I've stopped recommending dirt pedals. If I can't even find "The One" for myself, how can I know what someone else will like? :)
(If the character of the MXR Overdrive is OK to you I however think you may like the Pork Loin, it's better in most ways, if you can take the size and color).
|Unemploid ||01-09-2014 09:58 AM |
about the fuzz deluxe, i'd suggest for a overdrive like tone put the dry at 12 and up, wet up, fuzz low, tone however you want.
|andrklet ||01-09-2014 10:01 AM |
I am liking the overdrive/dirty sounds from the MRX OB, I only wish I could get it mixed with a audible cleanish tone.
|FretNoMore ||01-09-2014 10:22 AM |
You could go the blender route, for instance with a Boss LS-2, if you want to mix the actual clean tone with some dirt. Many here do that with various blender pedals.
|andrklet ||01-10-2014 07:56 AM |
Problem solved! Vent back to the shop and we hooked the MXR OB up to a bass amp, et voila. The clean maintains a relatively clean bottom, which was completely non audible on my tiny guitar amp. It is not possible to get a fully clean sound with the pedal activated, but that was obviously never the point. But with the clean from about 12 up to max I got a solid cleanish bottom. With anything from a mild overdrive and up. I´m happy and looking forward to rehearsals :)
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