How do you use overdrive?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Unemploid, Dec 31, 2013.


  1. Unemploid

    Unemploid

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    i got overdrives on the brain. what do you look for in an overdrive? how do you incorporate it in a song?
  2. jd_watt

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    A couple of our songs call for a grittier, overdriven tone. I have one set for the entire song. I don't bring it in and out for choruses and verses (though completely valid), and I don't use it as a volume boost, as that doesn't fly well on bass in my band. OD can be a nice way to add just enough extra cut to stand out well in the mix. Within the context of the band, it might not even sound completely overdriven. Many flavors of OD...
  3. andrew

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    I turn it on and adjust it until my tone is disgusting and evil and then I don't turn it off until it's time to go home. :)
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    :D
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  6. skulletwhip

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    I'm with this guy. Only I am slightly less evil.
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum ... I turn the drive down until it just adds character to the sound without being obviously distorted; it makes the sound less "nice" and it sits better with other instruments in the mix. I think I hear the bass better without increasing the volume too, probably because the overdrive adds mid-range and treble content.
  8. Matt Dean

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    I do both depending on the song... there are a couple of songs one band does where I use a heavy distortion for the chorus then less heavy distortion for the verse, but generally I use overdrive for creating tone and mood or to add synthy grit and grime in my filter use.
  9. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Yeah, forgot about synth sounds ... octaver plus overdrive/fuzz into an envelope filter is fun.
  10. jon36992002

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    I use to push low-end heavily rhythmic sections. If I'm providing a counter melody to the guitar I prefer a cleaner tone, but if I am focusing more on driving the drums or sitting under a groove I tend to kick in the overdrive.
  11. JBNeedsBeer

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    I push my mesa 400+'s preamp into a light od at all times and use a rat tail set to low-ish gain for songs that are supposed to sound more aggressive. I use fuzz... pretty much just whenever the mood strikes me
  12. andrew

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    I would like to hear your set up. What bass do you use?
  13. Bassmike62

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    :D

    I use mine rather sparingly, such as beefing up the bass when the lead guitard is in his own little bubble on a few select songs. I think I only use it for a full song on only 1 of our repertoire. I love using it with the BCD on.
  14. KeddyLee

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    I use it in my Rush tribute to give that "Geddy growl". I use the Fender Jazz and Ric that are a little growly already so my distortion is subtle, just to send it over the top.
  15. loopee

    loopee Gold Supporting Member

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    that's exactly how I like to do it too.....


  16. Ric5

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  17. Swift713

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    I generally keep the gain low but noticeably different from my clean tone. Kind of a retro toob amp break up emulation.
  18. andrew

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    You're getting some really nice tones out of that set up.
  19. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

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    on...always on...;)
  20. AaronVonRock

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    I like to do pretty much the same thing except for our really fast songs. I'll only have one OD pedal on for those, not two.
  21. kenneffdupriest

    kenneffdupriest Supporting Member

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    its like I'm talkin to myself. how bizarre how bizarre

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