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How to use a digital delay in a band situation

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TaySte_2000, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Like the subject says i've never been able to get this to be a use full effect. How do you use one to its full purpose.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I use sometimes for long(ish) delays (about 800ms). Shorter ranges tend to be muddy. I would say as a rule of thumb dont use delay on bass live. Of course rules are to be broken but proceed with caution.
  3. I use the analog delay mod on my DL4 to get a short, no repeat delay to add a slight double tracking effect. It gets great effects when you decide to add in melodic sweeps along with rythmic playing by keeping the melodic and rythmic lines constant. It allows you to take a creative approach while keeping your role as a bassist.
  4. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I use a very short delay with moderate feedback to get a thicker bass sound. It can give it somewhat of an upright bass sound. Use about 5-8 miliseconds of delay.

    I also use delay in the 300-500 millisecond range with moderate feedback for dub sections and to add new spice to an ostinato pattern. I try to be careful about using it over a busy bassline. Keeping the repeat level down to about 50% helps. It also helps if you stay with root/fifth or root/octave patterns.
  5. Martyn Lenoble uses delay to good effect (excuse the pun) on the intro/outro to Porno for Pyros' "pets".

    I think that slap-back delay like this is tricky to use on bass with loud guitars and drums- on the outro to the above example the guitar is quite light and sparse, and there are no drums.

    also The Stranglers- "strange little girl" , "non-stop", "how to find true love and happiness in the present day" have a shortish, repeating delay.

    another example is "one of these days" by Pink Floyd- the original was done with two basses, but delay can replicate it quite well- the guitar part is very sparse on this too- hardly any drums either.
  6. What he said! I use delay and tap in triplets and the such with about 4-6 repeats or so. Just don't get too excited or you will muddle things up. I usually hit a note and let the repeats carry the line. Does that make sense??
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