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Digitech Bass Synth Wah

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by droo46, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. I just got this pedal today and had some fun messing around with it. I was wondering, however, how people implement the sounds it makes into a band. What kind of settings do you use and how does it work with your group?
  2. blastjv


    Jan 8, 2010
    Philly Area
    I use the big synthy sweepy sound in one song so far. It makes a lot of other cool sounds, too, but I'm not one to monkey with knobs between (and certainly not during) songs.

  3. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider Supporting Member

    The BSW works very well for in a classic rock / semi-funk 2 guitars + bass + drum + vox band. I found it so useful I ended up selling a few filters, a MXR BOD and an EHX BBM 'cause I can get decent live effects out of this pedal, sorta like a jack-of-all-trades thing. Here's what I use:

    Filter: type 1 or 2: sens : 9 o'clock, control: 1 pm, range 1 pm

    Octave: type 7: minimum, 11 o'clock, minimum

    Fuzz: type 4: minimum, 10, minimum
  4. moles


    Jan 24, 2007
    Winnipeg, MB
    The "big synthy sweepy sound" gets used a lot. Sometimes with a delay or eighth-note tremolo after it. The Mode 7 Octave thing got used a bunch for awhile...

    Just for something different, this weekend I'm gonna put mine in a blend and try a short stabby down filtered sound, since my Squeezer doesn't seem to do that one thing so well.
  5. I found that putting a chorus after on the Synth 2 setting gives me some pretty sick sounds. I wish I had time to make videos. Sigh... Also, thanks alec for that link. I didn't turn it up when I did a search.
  6. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    It depends on what type of songs you are playing in your band. I found my BSW to be very useful as we played stuff like Tom Sawyer by Rush, Its My Life by Bon Jovi, and a couple of others where I used the funkier filter sound. I just wish it was programmable so I could set up a bunch of "scenes" to switch to quickly.
  7. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    This would be nice but would probably double the cost of it, and that's not really worth it IMO.

    I use a fizzy, sweepy synth sound for one song in my band but it sees most of it's usage as an octaver.
  8. jackwell1029384


    Dec 12, 2011
    i got this pedal about 2 weeks ago and realized that i accidentally got the synth wah (as in the guitar one) it seems to work fine with bass but i was wondering what the difference is between the two and weather or not i should bother trading them.
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  9. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider Supporting Member

    I have the Bass version, never tried the guitar version. I'm far from being an expert, but I would assume the BSW handles bass frequencies better than its guitar sibling, so there would probably be no low-end loss with it. I think there are a few SW owners around here, so they might provide a different perspective.
  10. Dick Tree

    Dick Tree

    May 26, 2011
    Normal, IL
    Personally I bought this pedal for its envelope filter/"auto-wah" function, and wasn't impressed. I sold it and ordered the MXR Bass Envelope Filter, which is sitting in a box at my apartment because I accidentally shipped it there instead of where I currently am right now :help: Won't get to mess around with it for a couple weeks.
  11. kokoshmusun


    Feb 5, 2011
    I currently have an EHX Bassballs nano (love it); and ordered a Boss OC-2. However, I'm running out of space on the pedalboard and I'm trying to avoid having to upgrade to a bigger pedalboard. So to make space, I'm hoping I could ditch the Bassballs and OC-2 and replace them with a Digitech BSW instead. I know the sound quality won't be necessarily as good, and the sounds won't necessarily match; but I'm not super picky and I wanted to see what people thought about such a move. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
  12. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider Supporting Member

    I put up my bassballs for sale because to my ears, the BSW nails it close enough. I use a rather small board and space management is an issue. I primarily use the BSW as an octaver, but earlier in this thread I posted what I (still) use as filter settings. Heck, this thing can even fuzz if needed.
  13. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    I use mine for the intro to beat it for the synthy bits before the guitar comes in
  14. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I use it for quite a few settings. It's a great pedal because it offers a lot and doesn't waste a lot of pedalboard space.

    I use it for octaver, long sweep synth, shorter sweep synth, envelope filter and during psychedelic breaks it just goes berserk with synth sweeps when I twist the range knob. Coupled with distortion, phaser, delay and tremolo, the possibilities are fantastic.

    I also use it as sort of a crazy wah effect by holding a note and quickly stomping the BSW on/off while set on synth sweep.

    Don't think I'll ever replace mine.
  15. fourtet102


    Jun 20, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ
    I hate heaters!
  16. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
  17. fourtet102


    Jun 20, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ
    I hate heaters!
  18. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    I've found that the best way to use an effect like a synth in a band setting is to have bandmates willing to get out of your way sonically so that you can be heard.

    If the guitars insist on heavy distortion through the lower range of frequencies, there is a good chance, you'll get lost in the mix. But if the guitars and keyboards can lighten up a bit during your synth parts, you'll find it to be a very fun and maybe even useful effect.

    rock on.:bassist:

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