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Bass distortion opinions and vibezz

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by litlock123, Apr 10, 2015.


  1. litlock123

    litlock123

    Jul 10, 2009
    So like a lot of people lately, im starting to get into a lil fuzzz on my face, and on my bass. lookin to see what set ups/rigs people are usin to get a lil overdrive/distortion in their tones. whether your a metal guy, alt rocker, edgy country dude, whatever i wanna get some oppinions that may influence some of my near future decisions with amps, pedals, settings- etc. Excited to see what you guys do!
     
  2. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I personally like using distortion and overdrive effects on bass. I especially like using it with chorus. I currently own a darkglass vintage microtubes. I've been using it as a smooth overdrive. I really like the sound quality and it staying on my pedalboard. I also own a digitech bass driver. it was my first bass distortion pedal and it has served me well for many years. and right now I plan to retire that pedal in favor of owning a new distortion pedal. at this moment, I'm debating on either the idiot box blower box or the source audio ofd. I like the sound quality of both pedals and it's a little tough for me to decide. which ever one, I would like to purchase a new distortion pedal for my live set-up. here are video demos of these pedals.

    Idiot box blower box


    Source audio ofd
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015
  3. ss/bs Mini. The clips speak for themselves.





     
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Firstly, I'd forget the M80 if you're looking at a BlowerBox and Mini.

    Secondly, here's a clip I did when I had both the BlowerBox and the Mini. They are randomly toggled on and off so you don't know which one you're hearing...see if you can tell the difference. But keep in mind that the BlowerBox is probably set to around 60% of it's gain while the Mini is close to maxed out so if you want more all out gain I'd get the Blower Box. If you want a fuller sound at lower gains, plus bass/treble control go with the Mini.
    http://chuckamuck.com/sounds/miniboxmini.mp3
     
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  5. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    Black Effects 1906

    Cave Passive Pedals Grunt

    Sansamp PBDDI

    MXR M80 DI+

    The 1906 is my fave atm, the M80 arrives next week
     
  6. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    That sounds pretty cool. I am looking to buy a new distortion pedal. if you think that I should go with the blower box rather than the mxr m80, then I will go with that. my other choice would of been a source audio ofd.
     
  7. My main overdrive pedal is based on the Timmy distortion circuit, because it's really transparent. Its pretty much always on, whether it's for a bit of fatness used subtly on my p-bass for lighter stuff, or cranked a bit for metal, it just gives me that extra bit of presence and grunt without altering my tone. That leaves me able to stack it with either a Muff or synthy-type fuzz (or any effect) for a more specialised sound, without colouring that effect too much.
     
  8. dannybuoy

    dannybuoy

    Aug 3, 2005
    England
    The OFD may be more versatile, but IMHO it has one great sound (Tube Drive) and the rest were merely OK. The Blower Box only has one main sound but it's one that the OFD cannot match. However I think it only really shines at low-medium gain when playing with a pick and roundwound strings. So if that's your style you'll love it, but if you're a flats and fingers dude then look elsewhere such as a Bearfoot Blueberry!

    But back to the OP, it really depends on the bass, amp, player, and sonic goals. I have a bunch of basses and pedals and each bass has a different favourite overdrive pedal to pair it with! These are my favourite combos:

    Warm fingerstyle tones, Motown, Precision with flats - Blueberry

    Modern grind, Stingray or any bass with two pickups blended for that aggressive scoop - Darkglass B7K or Idiot Box Blower Box

    Classic rock, Precision with rounds - Darkglass Vintage Deluxe or VT Bass

    Fuzz fingerstyle - Team Awesome Fuzz Machine

    Fuzz with pick - ODB-3 standalone, or a BB Preamp feeding a blended Bass Big Muff
     
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  9. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I'm actually a pick player who uses stainless steel strings and I am looking to buy a new distortion pedal that has a modern grind. recently I've been looking at the idiot box blower box and the aguilar agro. I do like how they sound and I am looking to purchase one real soon.
     
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    I sense a Darkglass B3K in your future....
     
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  11. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I do own a darkglass vmt(which I use as my smooth overdrive). If I have the cash for it, I might consider buying one. otherwise, I would go with the aguilar agro.
     
  12. litlock123

    litlock123

    Jul 10, 2009
    So i got to play with my buddies darkglass microtubes session on a heavy rock track with a jazz bass and pick. WEewww. Thing cuts like butta. Any cheaper alternatives?? if not, deff got my eyes on one of those!
     
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Generally there's nothing that can do what the Darkglass pedals can do, but you can get close maybe. In the end, I wasted a lot of money on pedals trying to get the sound that Darkglass pedals deliver. On one hand I wish I had known about Darkglass from the start, but on the other hand I enjoyed working with all those pedals and I learned a lot :)

    But which Darkglass Microtubes pedal did you use? Vintage or B3K? Was it black or silver? Small box or little bitty box?
     
  14. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The other day, I thought of this. if I wanted a different set-up, I would of thought of investing in a line 6 m9 along with a blender pedal like a boss ls-2 or a rocktron true loop to get a killer distorted bass sound without obliterating lows. I was thinking if I had the cash for it, I would invest in experimenting with that. I checked out youtube clips of someone demoing a line 6 m9 on bass and I like some of the effects on this multi-effects processor. I was thinking if I had the cash for it, I would purchase a line 6 m9 along with a blender pedal. that would be a fun experiment. here's the youtube clips.

    Line 6 m9 distortion


    Line 6 m9 modulation
     
  15. I've been GASing for the VFE Triumvirate since the guys here turned me onto it. I can't help but feel that having a 3-band gain would prove to be superior than one with a single gain. Saving up as we speak.

    http://vfepedals.com/triumvirate.html
     
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  16. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I see what you mean. that pedal does have a pretty cool sound. recently I've been gassing for a markbass mini distortion. it has a sound that's similar to the distortion channel on the fender rumble v3. well at least from my perspective it does. I totally dig how it sounds and I am currently saving some cash to buy one.

     
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Keep an eye out on the Guitar Center used site, I got my MiniDist for $49 there.
     
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  18. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Okay...If I happen to see one at the used section at the guitar center website, I'll purchase. new or use, I want to buy this pedal.
     

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