Crazy sounds from pedals meant for something else...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NicJimBass, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    DR Strings
    Who out there has used a pedal meant for one thing for something completely different? Case in point- I used to have a Digitech Bass Synth Wah, which is an envelope filter/ synth pedal, but alot of people use it as an octaver.

    I've been messing with my Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, and I've found a couple cool sounds that were definitely not delay!
    From memory-
    1. The analog w/mod delay can be used as a chorus, if the delay and repeats are at zero, and mix is at 100%... tweek and tweez control the width and speed of the chorus.
    2. The reverse delay can make some pretty wacky sounds, if again, the delay and repeats are at zero, mix is at 100%- just twiddle with the tweek and tweez and see what happens
    3. This is my favorite, and the craziest sound I've found so far on this pedal- sweep delay, again, delay and repeats at aero, mix at 100%, tweek and tweez control width and speed again... can sound like a funky envelope filter/ flanger/ phaser combo to all out crazy wackiness.

    Are there any other pedals that you all use for something other than what it was 'made' for?
  2. i believe some people on tb have a boss chorus unit and can use it like a unibass...or they also bi-amp with it i think
  3. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    This isn't really crazy, but sometimes I put my Digitech Whammy! on the Detune settings and use it as a chorus. It sounds mighty fine in my opinion. Also, on my Line 6 Echo Park, if I turn the pedal on and crank the Mod knob, I get Vibrato in the Analog mode, Chorus in Digital mode, and Wow/Flutter in tape mode. Lastly, if I set on lots of repeats on my Echo Park and crank the time knob, it sounds like the end of "Yours is No Disgrace" by Yes where it just gets really high pitch and trailing.

    And yes, Reverse Delay is crazy unto itself.
  4. Reverse Delay?

    Does that mean the pedal plays the notes before you do? I'm confused. And a little bit sad.
  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    DR Strings
    No, it plays the note you play only backward. If you tewwk the DL4, it will make it sound like you're sliding up when you sliding down and vice versa.... really cool.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    When you feed the Deep Impact with a fuzz, it can work as an arpeggiator and generate harmonic suites. It can also self oscillate and produce a continuous bass note while you solo over it.
    A feedback loop is a great way to get strange stuff out of pedals.
  7. if i tweek my flanger right and use my fretless i can make it sound like my amp is underwater. sounds really cool for slap