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Best pedal to create the Brown Note

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ThinCrappyTone, May 23, 2020.


  1. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Seeking recommendations for a sub octave pedal to do basically one thing well:

    Make dramatic, bowel-shakingly low drone notes on recordings.

    That’s it, really. Not planning to do any rhythmic lines, keyboardish parts, or high octave FX. Not planning to use it thicken riffs. Just drop a low F-shart here and there.

    Desired features:
    • It can handle dealing with a low B
    • Doesn’t sound weird, delayed or out of tune on initial attack
    • Makes tones so fat and deep that the listener must roll a dc 12 Con save or crap their pants

    Nice to haves:
    • Not gigantic fax machine footprint
    • Not too synthy
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Evil_Druid

    Evil_Druid

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    My first instinct is to say Mantic Hulk or Meatbox, but they only track well down to around D in my experience. Broughton audio has made a couple octave pedals that are rumored to track a B note, but they’re kinda few and far between.
     
  3. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Ah, very cool. Thank you for the recs. I will check them out!
     
  4. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Also, it seems like perhaps my low B requirement is a bit unrealistic maybe? I am very new to the octave thing, and their limitations.
     
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  5. Evil_Druid

    Evil_Druid

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    If you play a 7th fret B on while playing with an octave pedal it would sound like your low B, but synthesized. If you’re trying to do a low B on an octave pedal you’d be hitting a B -1 note, which is out of the range of human hearing but still good for shaking foundations
     
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  6. Mvilmany

    Mvilmany

    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    ...casts Magic Missle.
     
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  7. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    lol, i am literally playing dungeons and dragons right now...

    i know what you're going for but you're quite possibly gunna have a bad time. your speakers themselves would likely fail the constitution check. the fundamental on a low B string is barely inside the low range of human hearing and lower than most cabs are tuned. going an octave below that at high volume--if it doesn't literally destroy your speakers--will just produce rumble and mud.
     
  8. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Love it! A fellow DnDer! Thank you for the info!
     
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  9. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    hits every time!
     
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  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    You realize you're going to have to change your screen name if you buy this pedal, right? ;)
     
  11. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Oh man... hadn’t thought of that! :) I wonder if ThickPlushTone is taken
     
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  12. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    If you've got a 5er, you can produce the desired effect already I think. I find that thumb plucking the open low B between the pickups with a teeeeeny bit of right hand palm-muting close to the bridge gives me a huge thud that will vibrate all sternums within range.

    You could also try a chromatic orb of thunder.
     
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  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Considering your thread title, maybe ThickCrapYourPantsTone would be more appropriate. :D
     
  14. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    How did I miss that? It was there tge whole time :roflmao:
     
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  15. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
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  16. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    This is a good point. Realizing now, all things considered, I would probably only use it practically for E-A notes on the bass, and not with the low B so much. Seems like there’s not much point below that, perhaps.
    Now we’re talking. This matches my aesthetic, perfectly.
     
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  17. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
    STRONG username-to-thread-topic correlation.
     
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  18. TOOL460002

    TOOL460002 Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz CA
    Go to 1min45sec and tell me if those depth charge type sounds are what you're looking for:



    If so, I would guess it's a drum trigger (drummer I played with had a trigger that could do this). To get the solid punch and fade away it's probably gonna be a synth or trigger of some sort. May be as simple as a tap tempo switch into like a microkorg or something. Best I got.
     
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  19. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    IME octavers go about as low as G (3rd fret on low E string) - if you’re lucky. Low B is not happening, sorry!

    the real rib shaking sub tones come from how you EQ the sub note, again IME.
     
  20. Evil_Druid

    Evil_Druid

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    +1
    I like to use an entirely separate rig just for subs or run through PA because it helps dial in those über guttural lows
     
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