Pedal suggestions for use in a metal/hardcore band

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  1. Dearthbass14

    Dearthbass14

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    Looking to add a fee more pedals to my collection to use and to help with my sound. I'm looking to get a low punchy sound with some growl/fuzz. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. vbchaos

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    Joyo Ultimate Drive - can't wrong for the 30$ and it's a fun pedal.
    I also dig the EHX bassballs - got it used for 30bucks as well
  3. gregmon79

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    What kind of bass are you playing? What type of music/genre? what kind of amp n cab or combo?

    IMO its always great to start with a dist pedal. I would suggest the Source Audio OFD (OD/dist/fuzz). Its a modulator that has 12 different types of dirt in it and has endless possibilities for shaping each one. While it may be a little confusing for guys new to pedals, its not horribly difficult to learn and get the hang of. I would also go for a preamp depending on your amp. Its a little spendy, but its hard to beat the Darkglass stuff, especially the B7K for a preamp. You can most def get low punch with growl out of that preamp. It is def my fav pedal. I think if you give us a little more to go off of we may be able to make better suggestions that would cater to you.
  4. PunkRocker33133

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    When you say metal/hardcore what do you mean by that? Because the tones definitely vary. I play in a hardcore punk band and a heavy hardcore/grind/powerviolence band and I use a Fulltone OCD and an Earthbound Audio Mini Supercollider. A key part of the tone though is a ton of volume, playing with a pick, and tube heads/tube preamps.
  5. Happynoj

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    If you can post songs with examples of the sort of sounds you are after it would help. Also your gear list and budget.
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Everybody should have a Darkglass B3k!
  7. kzr750r1

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    ^I keep seeing different oppinions there. Really need a preamp/pedal with DI shoot out. With the B7k beside the B3k. Is the added tone on the B7k control w/DI useful and worth almost 200 bucks more?
  8. Veldar

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    Yes.
  9. El Raro

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    For metalcore, all you really need is overdrive. It'll help cut through the drop tuned guitars and make your low notes sound huge during breakdowns.

    If you're on a budget, the Joyo Ultimate Drive is hard to beat. Its built on the Fulltone OCD design but the Joyo surprisingly has better low-end retention so it works even better on bass frequencies. Set it for a low-medium gain grit to help bring out the attack but not to the point where it becomes a buzzing distortion. You want your low-end as present as possible but with a little bit of overdrive to beef it up.

    If money is no issue, get yourself a Greedtone OD. Built like a tank and sounds like one. Best overdrive I've played with and has some of the best low end retention of any boutique dirt pedal I've tried. I'd also consider a Fuzzrocious Demon or Rat Tail but they're pretty extreme dirt pedals.
  10. kzr750r1

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    It will depend on overdrive needed and clean mix.

    Sigh... I'm probably going to have to get a B7K...

    As for your quest brother? It's all going to come down to your budget and need to cut through the mix.

    The Rat King or Demon King are a one stop shop bit crash party so how far do you want to go into that territory?
  11. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident Supporting Member

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    B3K or B7K
  12. Guinness20

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    I'm playing heavy stuff at the minute - play a stingray and just bought a vt bass. I absolutely love it. I'm using it to both warm up my tone a bit and as a light od. If I wanted a second pedal on my board to stomp and up the od/distortion, would the b3k/b7k sound good? I mean when used with an active bass ad when used alongside the vt bass?
  13. Dearthbass14

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    I'm using a Ibanez SR300L, for a head i have an Ampeg SVT-CL and my cab is a Gallien-Krueger 810GLX

    You can check out my band here!
    dearthnh.bandcamp.com
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