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BassBalls A big surprise

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Rumbledom, Jan 22, 2013.


  1. Rumbledom

    Rumbledom Banned

    Jan 19, 2013
    For years I've been looking for a useable EF. They're not something that can used that often but in the right place they're really dramatic. Problem is ...every one I've used (and I've used several) either altered the original signal or made the sound too "quacky." Sometimes they sound great by themseleves but when blended with the music they just didn't work.

    Then I tried the BassBalls. It isn't versatile. It isn't fancy. It doesn't have many sounds or sensitivity adjustments or levels. And in a way, that's what I like. You get a nice "synthy" funk tone and that's about it. And that's working for me.

    Anyone else have experience this? I don't hear a lot of love for the BB.
     
  2. MilkyMcMilkMilk

    MilkyMcMilkMilk

    Dec 17, 2008
    I tried one at the guitar store a couple weeks ago.
    Only 1 sound I like, but that sound was very cool.
    I'm definitely looking for a used one.
     
  3. It gets more versatile if you bring the internal trimpots to the top; but yes, where most EFs quack, this growls, and that's often not a bad thing.

    Here's a clip of the external trimpots if you're interested in modding. Also the octave bass in my sig has a subtle bassballs sound on it.
     
  4. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    I always think Atomic Bitchwax when I hear BassBalls.
     
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  6. omie

    omie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Arizona
    Yes! TRIMPOTS!

    I have the rocktron heart attack, a bb clone. It's a nice 'not too funky' filter. I spent a little time tweaking the trims and I've got a nice range from subtle bubble to synthy laser. A distortion pedal in front made the distortion switch on the filter useful.
     
  7. BassBalls is my favorite filter, I have 2 of the NYC reissues on my board one before the fuzz and a modded one after the fuzz. I also have the Rocktron Heart Attack that is on my small board.
     
  8. sold a bassballs pedal a couple years ago. just got another last week. love this pedal.

    in other news, the atomic bitchwax kicks a$$!
     
  9. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
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    +1.
    I did the trim pot mod to my USA Bassballs, and it totally opens up the pedal. Being able to change those filters on the fly makes it so much more versatile.
     
  10. fasto

    fasto

    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    you guys are talking about the Bassballs Nano, right?
     
  11. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    It's nice to hear the Bassballs with so much "bass." My experiences with the BB and its clones have been that kind of "hollowed out" sound; apparently having the trimpots on the outside really makes a difference in tone. I still prefer a different kind of "vocal" voicing, and the distortion cuts too much for my tastes, but I wouldn't mind having a BB as a "change-up" pedal.
     
  12. I've got a Mooer Bass Sweeper (micro BB clone) and I love it! Knobs on the front, so adjustments are no issue. Very good with low end, and I run a Green Mile (micro Tube Screamer clone) in front of it for some Funky, synth goodness!

    I!
     
  13. As far as I know all the versions can be modded to the 3 knob, which is well worth it imo but it does become a different beastie.
    The Nano version is Okay but I prefer the NYC reissue that looks like the original with an LED. Others really love the old SovTec versions either the green or black.
     
  14. BigBeatNut

    BigBeatNut

    Apr 10, 2006
    London, UK
    When you say 'top', you mean fully clockwise ? I could never figure out the best settings for the trimpots on mine,
     
  15. Weshunter413

    Weshunter413

    May 6, 2009
    Naples FL
    Would I use a standard 9v power supply on the bass balls?
     
  16. No, I mean to the outside of the pedal. To make the trimpots accessible without opening the case. They can be pretty touchy and are very interactive with the sensitivity control. It is difficult to get the filter trims set just right without having their control at your fingertips at all times. I can't imagine a situation where both cranked would end up sounding good.
    Yes
     
  17. Nor can I but there are so many possibilities with the external controls, I have been thinking how cool it might be to have those controls tied to an expression pedal for real time adjustments.
     
  18. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    agreed - i got one of these and was astonished. great little pedal.
     
  19. Sweeper! I may have to add 1 to my collection.