First Bass effect..

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by lifeson70, Feb 8, 2013.


  1. lifeson70

    lifeson70

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    I am looking for my first bass effect.. I am thinking about buying the
    Tech 21 SansAmp RPM.. I've read a lot of reviews on here. it seems to be great. Any thoughts?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, the RPM is meant to take the place of an amp, hence the name "SansAmp". You can use it as an effect, but usually it would be your main preamp for recording or onstage sound.

    If you have an amp, and you want to add distortion-type effects, then there are hundreds of overdrive and distortion pedals to choose from that cost less than an RPM, and are more suited to the task.
  3. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it's a preamp, not an effect. What's your goal ?
  4. john_martin_sai

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    I'd go with a ZOOM B3......
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  6. lifeson70

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    I would like to have something to help with different sounds of bands I like, Rush,Led Zeppelin,Metallica,Iron Maiden.. etc...

    I have been playing Bass and Guitar for a while.. I am not that great.
    But I am now getting more serious about learning Bass... I like all types of music ,besides the bands i listed..
  7. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM Supporting Member

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    Don't do it your wallet will never be the same
  8. lifeson70

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    I was just looking at that one.. It looks good. thanks
  9. lifeson70

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    haha that was funny..
  10. Lukc

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    I've used the effect you are talking about, but it was for my guitarist's guitar when we were on studio and didn't want to mic the amp. Really it's best to get pedals. I heard good things about the marshall bass pedal line, even if i've only tried the compressor
  11. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    O.k. I'd look at the VT Deluxe pedal and place it in front of the amp so you have extra e.q. to control your cab. If you place it in the effects loop, it's hard to fine tune from room to room because the tone shaping on the pedal is very,very sensitive and a pain to have to squat down and fumble with. It allows you to program multiple settings and sounds great. For Cliff Burton stuff, he used more than OD but someone else will have to help because I could hardly hear him in the mix on their recordings.

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