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EFFECTS Forum Rules and FAQ -- MUST READ

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tplyons, Feb 10, 2005.


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  1. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    We will be working on this bit by bit, a little at a time. If you have suggestions, feel free to pm the mods.

    Current contents:
    - Effects Forum Rules
    - What do the various different effect types do?
    - Bypass Types and their Pros and Cons
    - Talkbass FX Clips Databass
    - Do guitar pedals work with bass? Can I damage them this way?
    - Which overdrive / distortion is the best?
    - Difference between overdrive, distortion, and fuzz:
    - What pedals did insert bassist here use?
    - How do I post soundclips that are too large to attach here?
    - Should I put my insert effect here before the input or in the effects loop
    - Can I use images from insert website here?
    - What order should I put my effects in?

    Effects Forum Rules :: Effects Forum Rules :: Effects Forum Rules :: Important!
    1. Respect the questions of other members, the only stupid question is the one not asked.
    2. Legal discussion will not be allowed in this forum. More info: Behringer Lawsuit Threads
    3. Wireless, Tuner & Power Conditioners are not effects. Posts regarding these go in Misc.
    4. "Guess" threads. Puzzle-oriented "Guess What I Used To Record This" threads with sound clips are only given a three day window of existence. If the answer isn't guessed in three days, the author of the thread can reveal the answer before the thread is closed.
    edit(JT) : -->5. Posting anything in this forum phrased in a manner that could be construed as insulting the use of effects in general by bassists will henceforth be considered trolling, and will be dealt with accordingly.


    What do the various different effect types do?
    http://www.guitartools.co.uk/lessons/guitarist-tool-kit/guitar-effect-glossary

    Bypass Types and their Pros and Cons
    http://tonfaktor.blogspot.com/2008/08/mr-way-huge-on-various-bypass-methods.html

    Talkbass FX Clips Databass
    http://www.talkbass.com/wiki/index.php/Effects_Clip_Database

    Do guitar pedals work with bass? Can I damage them this way?

    Guitar pedals will function with a bass, but the quality of the resulting sound will vary. Experiment! No harm will come of it.


    Which [overdrive/chorus/delay/etc..] is the best?

    There is no BEST per se. Each effect will react differently because of different instruments, strings, amps, and of course your style. Do some searching, there are a lot of discussion on these topics.

    Difference between overdrive, distortion, and fuzz:

    Overdrive, distortion and fuzz are often used interchangeably, but in a nutshell can be used to describe three degrees of the same effect: overdrive being a slightly grittier tone often heard in tube amps, distortion being a much dirtier tone while still retaining note definition, and fuzz tends to be a much more extreme distortion where note definition begins to be lost.

    On a technical basis: overdrive refers to soft clipping, whereas the extremes of a sine wave are compressed a bit, distortion compresses them significantly more, and fuzz cuts off the tips.

    What pedals did insert bassist here use?
    Search! Your question has probably already been answered. Pedalboards of the stars thread, which might give you the information you need

    How do I post soundclips that are too large to attach here?
    To post a soundclip that is too large to attach on Talkbass, a free service is available at www.yousendit.com.

    Should I put my insert effect here before the input or in the effects loop
    Some effects are designed to be run at instrument level (between instrument and amp) or line level (effects loop) but may sound great in the opposite. Read the manual for recommendations, but feel free to experiment. As a general rule of thumb, however: If you step on it, it's intent is to be run at instrument level. If it's rackmountable, it's generally designed for line level applications.

    Can I use images from insert website here?
    Images are often under the copyright of the designer. Generally as long as credit is given, usage is considered ok, unless they otherwise impact the rights of the designer.

    What order should I put my effects in?
    The only right answer is - it depends.
    Here are some useful links discussing the various factors to consider when ordering your pedals:
    http://users.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/fx-order.htm
    http://www.robertkeeley.com/faq.php#Effect Order
    http://fuq.encycmet.com/questions/961/Effect+pedal+order
     
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  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Additions made 7/30/06.
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    More additions 1/2/07
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    added clarification regarding guitargeek.com images
     
  5. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I added the Where to purchase section today.
     
  6. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Flea info added. Thanks EricF and FunkyMonkCP.
     
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Added effects pedal order links. Thanks jetpackbassist!
     
  8. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Added Link to Bypass Types Article and a few newer muffs w/details.
     
  9. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
  10. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
  11. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    added rule 5 regarding insulting the use of effects.
     



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