While I'm not the bassist in my band, the guy who does play it relies on me to get the effects in usable configuration. So far it's been OK, but I've been wanting to integrate all his effects for him. I finally got it right. It was mostly about proper gain staging. Today I had the time to really muck around and nail the details. The bass goes into a Hartke HA2000 amp. The effect send now goes into a dbx 160a compressor. That outputs into channel one of a Roland M120 line mixer. That is the dry signal. (sounds good both compressed and uncompressed.) The left channel of the line mixer goes to a Lexicon MPX100 effect unit. That comes back into channel 10 of the mixer. Effect send 1 goes to a Roland VF-1; that comes back into channel 11. Effect send 2 goes to a Boss SE-70; that comes back into channel 12. The right channel of the mixer goes into a BBE 362 Maximizer, and its output goes to the effect return on the Hartke amp; that amp has two 4x10 cabs. Additionally, the mixer's right channel monitor out goes to a GK 800RB which feeds another 4x10. We could even send the left channel instead, which would make the effects channel a totally separate rig from the dry. Any of the effect channels can operate alone, or chain into any other effect channel. The dry/Efx blend can be whatever we want. The noise, which is often prevalent in the Roland/Boss effect modules, has diminished dramatically. (It helps that I silenced most of the distortions, which are generally useless in those units.) And the proper gain staging also shows up in making the Maximizer a good gadget. Where it sounded pretty bad before, it now has an impact that is useful. There is more work to do. Noise-gating the various effects chains in the SE-70 and VF-1 will quiet the rig even more, and then I'll re-integrate the FCB-1010 midi foot controller to control patch and program changes for the various songs. But we're finally at a place where it sounds really good in virtually every aspect.