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Do you own effects that made you change the way you play?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Baird6869, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I ask as I recently picked up a new MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and I have to play differently than usual when I use this effect.

    As it doesn't track very well below the C on the A string (most octaves are similar), I really need to play higher up the neck than normal. Took me a little bit to get use to, but once you figure out where to play to get the most out of an octave pedal, it can sound great.

    Anyone out there in the same boat with an octave or other pedals?
  2. Turtle71

    Turtle71 Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Actually I just started using a Boss OC-3, nowhere near as good as the MXR I suspect. But I too had to "relearn" the songs or passages higher up the neck...it was actually a PITA, but thinking about it, I'm glad I did...It made the effect sound cleaner, and forced me out of my "comfort zone"...WIN/WIN :bassist:
  3. The Celestials

    The Celestials

    Jul 1, 2013
    I discovered a few years back the trick of putting delay before distortion, being a very compressed fuzz, and a delay with equal volume to the dry volume and one repeat. Time your playing to the repeats desired.

    And that is how I brought dubstep into my bass playing.

    I give you guys full permission to rip me
  4. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    Filters made me dig in harder, as I used to be a rather light plucker.
  5. Delay makes me pay closer attention to what I play. If you make a mistake it repeats it a bunch of times.
  6. Yes but I don't think of that as a bad thing just a part of the experience. Being aware that an octaver takes a different touch from a filter or that a particular fuzz prefers one pickup or another is all a part of the game. To me all those adaptions are tricks to add to my bag that have led to discovering new sounds.
  7. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    I'm much less interested in effects that don't "make you change the way you play". If its not interactive it's not really adding much to my experience. But I would include overdrive, compression, tremolo, all sorts of things in the category of interactive- if it changes the instrument's response it changes the player.
  8. +1
  9. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    I had the same experience with my Octabass and MXR Phase 90... Used judiciously and sparingly... So sparingly in fact that my Chorus is the only one currently I'm interested in keeping...
  10. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    ^ nice!
  11. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    when i started using heavy distortion and the filter i started letting notes ring out at the end of riffs a lot more