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digitech xbw bass synth wah VS ehx bassballs

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by pools, Nov 26, 2004.


  1. digitech xbw bass synth wah

    17 vote(s)
    65.4%
  2. ehx bassballs

    9 vote(s)
    34.6%
  1. pools

    pools

    Feb 28, 2004
    i want to buy and start using effects...... just to have some users opinion to make up my mind:
    which do you prefer ?
    and why?
    :p
     
  2. I'd say Digitech as an octaver-synth & EH Q-tron as envelope
     
  3. hervetlse

    hervetlse

    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    the digitech seems to have the best octave tracking but i prefer the ibanez SB7 as an auto-wah-synth all analog like the bassballs which works very well with OD and fuzz and have two dynamic filters. i just have a question about the bassballs, on the notice they talk about an AC/AC adaptor. Can someone confirm that the bassballs needs an AC/AC adaptor and not an AC/DC adaptor like most of the pedals ?
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    it's an apples / oranges comparison.

    Bassballs is cool, but a bit of one trick pony. The Digitech BSW is a great octaver plus some basic envelope / synth stuff. I think of it as an octaver with extras.
     
  5. hervetlse

    hervetlse

    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    you're right David. i've got the bassballs. Can you confirm that it needs an AC/AC adapter and not an AC/DC 'one ? I'm so happy with it , i don't want to make a mistake or burn it. As octaver which one do you prefer? Ebs, boss danelectro dihgitech...? thank you for your reply.
     
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    sorry, can't remember - it was a while ago
    I've tried boss, ebs, maxon, dod and digitech.
    I have an old dod octoplus from early 90's, it's a great octaver. It's a bit beat up these days, so I mostly use the digitech. IMO it tracks better than any other dedicated octave pedal out there.
     
  7. Melvin7822

    Melvin7822 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2004
    Broomfield, CO
    Even better than the EBS Octabass?
     
  8. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, Source Audio, Hipshot
    As an envelope filter, the Digitech is okay, but not quite over the edge enuff for me.... so I ordered a Q-Tron today. I'll still use the Digitech for other stuff.... synth and maybe as an octaver (any settings that work better than others?). I tried a Bassballs last night, and it didn't really do anything, as far as I could tell. Very light enveloping (if that's a word!).
     
  9. thejohnkim

    thejohnkim

    Sep 30, 2003
    NYC
    i own and use a digitech bsw, and its a great octaver, but if you're looking for a filter/synth i think that its probably worth it to check out the ibanez and other units first because i personally find the envelope filter and synth sound decent but get lost in real situations, doesnt sound bad, just sort of not present
     
  10. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I just traded for one (thanks mo-phat) and it does track well, however I find the generated tone is quite noisy and the volume goes way up when it's on, using either a battery or AC adapter. Did you find this also?
     
  11. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    nope, I didn't find that. You can change the volume of the sub-octave note generated, you should do so to keep the dry/web volumes similar. You are doing that right?
     
  12. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    If I was doing it right I wouldn't be asking :bag:

    Seriously though I have sens and range all the way off, type is set to 7 and the control knob adds the octave. The more octave I add the louder it gets. Oddly I get the same signal no matter which output I use. Do you use a stereo out of some kind?

    Thanks
     
  13. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    no, I use regular out. Sounds like you might have a problem unit.
     
  14. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    Bummer :(

    Thanks for the help.