Effects and Song Writing

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BFunk, Jul 13, 2002.

  1. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    For those of you who write and/or arrainge songs, how much do you use effects as part of the writing process? What are your favorite to use? How do you use them?
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Sometimes I'll be playing around with some effects and certain things will occur to me, like a chorus type part or some other random piece of music. Then I expand it into a song. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't.
  3. Write the song first, then see where you can apply effect tastefully.
  4. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I never sit down to write as such. I record all my practice sessions. Often a sound will inspire a riff and a riff will inspire a song. BTW I rarely use effects on bass but often with guitar.

    The pedal for me is a z vex fuzz factory
  5. chorus, distortion and delay for me can inspire a different way of playing and new ideas that might not have happened with a flat sound.

    delay is probably the most striking difference, but not the most practical for bass in a band context, and usually suits a lead/solo application rather than a supportive part.