Easier Distortion?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TheListPunk, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. TheListPunk

    TheListPunk Guest

    Feb 2, 2002
    Topeka, Kansas
    Ok. After months and months of reading that the best way to get a really good distorted sound without losing the low-end is the have two amps, one running clean and the other dirty, I had an idea.

    Since most venues that I have played use a direct box for the bass and then mic the guitar amps, this shows that the have the ability to do both to me and my bass setup. So I was just wondering if I could set up something like this.

    Bass --DI Box--Effects pedal--amp with a mic in front of it

    Then just run both signals equally or however they seem fit.

    I'm sure that this does not appeal to most soundmen, since it adds an extra line into the mixer but with my band being a three-piece I think that I would be ok.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Anytime you both mic and DI a bass rig, you run odds that you are dealing with phase issues, and phase cancellation is the destruction of your low end. Most soundmen at busy live shows don't have the time or inclination to look out for this and deal with it. What you propose will work, but beware of the problems that come with it.
  3. Cantstandsya


    Jul 27, 2001
    Fontana, CA
    Get the MXR M80 and run the parallel out to your rig and the D.I. to the P.A. this way you get a solid clean sound through your rig and a different EQ and distortion through the P.A. Plus it's alot easier than setting up 2 amps...........
  4. dadodetres


    Dec 19, 2004
    maybe you can have a low cut at the distorted signal so it doesnt bother the clean signal with phase issues.
  5. build a bass paralooper and be done with it. Plus, you can run all your other bass sucking pedals in it's loop and fix all those problems at the same time.
  6. Wow! - i've been looking for something like this for ages!

    Thanks niftydog.
  7. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    Would'nt a Loooper with a blend pot do the same? You don't have to build you own one of these.

    Seems to me, that not hauling an extra rig to a show is prefered. Why not just buy a bass specific distortion. There are a bunch of different ways you can achieve a good distorted tone without running two rigs.
  8. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    You been reading that here?

    That IS a great way to do it, but many TBer's use distortion, and the great-majority of us don't use seperate amps.

    There are many bass distortions out there that sound great just in-line to the amp, and many of these have a 'blend'-type knob that lets you do a very similar thing - that being having both your clean bass, and your distorted bass in your sound together.

    I use a boss ODB-3, which has 'blend'.