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how to cope with loss of low end?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fotallica666, Sep 28, 2009.


  1. fotallica666

    fotallica666

    Mar 31, 2009
    towson MD
    i recently got my hands on a vintage 80s mxr distortion + i love it to death, the sound i get is amazing, BUT, i want to know how to cope with low end loss, i tried just boosting the bass on my amp but that just makes me lose the gritt, should i get a bass booster (the mole is in mind) or should i just get over it? thanks for the help
     
  2. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    You want a blender pedal, like the Xotic X Blender, or better yet, a better overdrive/distortion pedal.
     
  3. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Welcome to the plight.
     
  4. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    you need a splitter/blender or a crossover. That way the lows stay clean and the top end gets distorted
     
  5. This, but a Barge Concepts is much less expense.

     
  6. crapusername

    crapusername

    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    boss ls2!
     
  7. Pitbull Growl

    Pitbull Growl

    Jan 6, 2009
    NNJ/NYC
    Pop it open, trace the circuit and increase the value of the input cap.

    If that's over your head, ask your local amp tech if he/she can do it for ya.
     
  8. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    But that will change the character of the distortion and change the low end.
     
  9. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    ive never done it, but from what i understand the character will be pretty much intact. it just wont sound like your bass disappeared in the mix when you turn it on live.
     
  10. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    But you will be adding bass to what gets distorted. The bass has more energy (larger voltage swings) and will distort before the high end.
     
  11. gillento

    gillento

    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
  12. richday

    richday

    Sep 17, 2008
    Bi-amp!
     
  13. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    There are several different theories on how to deal with loss of low end on effects.

    Unfortunately, none of them work. :(
     

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