Always On!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lee Edward, Oct 2, 2022.

  1. 220_Hz


    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    In my punk band I have an always on fuzz pedal :smug::bassist:

    In normal situations I use preamps as always on pedals, but also occasionally will add an always on comp first in line to tailor the response of my bass to the rest of the board.

    EDIT: the punk board. They’re all always on.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2022
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  2. 220_Hz


    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    Where have you been putting it in the chain? How do you have it set?
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  4. CosmicRay

    CosmicRay Supporting Member

    Just curious, why this for a J bass?
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    i like the grit that it adds to the tone, and it helps sit in the mix really well.

    I use it with other basses as well just not necessarily always on.
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  6. Danny C

    Danny C

    Oct 31, 2018
    Barber Linden, Arkham Oracle on top of Mesa WD800. Variety is the spice of life.
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  7. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    For me it's fea labs.. Optifet.. The growler.. Preamp pedal.. and hpf..
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  8. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    HPF. Thassit.
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  9. Pre-amp, çompressor and hpf. Maybe the talent switch on the bass turned on.
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  10. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    I have several - this acts as my preamp:
    Compressor, Ampeg Classic Preamp, HPF/LPF, Gate
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  11. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    My typical "always on" pedals:
    First spot in chain = Peterson Strobostomp HD Tuner
    Second spot in chain =Rothwell Love Squeeze (FET compressor)
    Mid spot in chain = SpaceMan Saturn VI Harmonic Booster (after Octron 3/Micro POG and before Sunray)
    Penultimate spot in chain = Shift Line Olympic MKIIIs (tube preamp)
    Last spot in chain = Sushi Box FX Deep Dish (tube compressor)

    Peterson Strobostomp HD (tuner).jpg Rothwell Love Squeeze.jpeg SpaceMan Saturn VI Harmonic Booster.jpeg Shift Line Olympic MKIIIs.jpeg Sushi Box FX Deep Dish.jpeg
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  12. H K

    H K Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2021
    2nd in the chain, after tuner. Next is (in order); envelope, double dist, 'verb and a Lester G for a finisher.
    So, nothing other than the compressor to interfere either..


    A compressor does what it sounds like, it compresses the audio, right? So it kinda makes sense that pedals that react to the intensity and neuances of your playing will be affected by a more "tidy" signal, no?

    Or is it just me and every single envelope/distortion/fuzz/overdrive/compressor I've ever owned or tried?
  13. Phat Phuk B, at the end of the chain.
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  14. Wherestheone


    Feb 19, 2019
    HPF, and the wee Becos MiniQ ONE set to mild compression. The "always there" slight presence of dirt comes from either the SCR-DI or the PF50T.
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  15. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    On stage, my Barber Tone Press compressor is the only pedal I run and it is indeed always on, just like my shoes.
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    On this board the always on pedals are [sfx]microThumpinator2 (under board) ; Boss LS2 for loop switch and blend ; @Sushi Box FX Handwired Underground Accelerator clean-ish tube preamp; Zoom MS60B always on room reverb, also used for modulation, delay and reverb.
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  17. arepa_funk

    arepa_funk Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2020
    On the big board, and not in this order:
    Smoothie Compressor
    One of these three:
    Sushi Box Particle Accelerator mini, Slampegg Bee, Broughton SV-PRE

    The mini board is essentially an always-on board. Has the above plus Way Huge Pork & Pickle.
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  18. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Compressor, LPF/HPF, Preamp
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  19. My DSM Noisemaker OmniCab Sim is the final sauce in the chain and the only one that is "always" on. Tames the dry "DI box" tendencies of straight bass signals and makes any application sound more unified and pleasant.
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  20. Koldunya


    Dec 26, 2021
    Same for my B6 :laugh:

    But in all seriousness, Zoom's ZNR noise reduction is really good, and I EQ out the extreme sub bass frequencies, in every preset just about.
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