...is it hard to be heard in the mix? I'm a keyboardist who grew up on '70s funk, and I love bass. I decided to start using effects with my synths about 6 years ago, and quickly discovered that Talkbass has the best effects advice. So...I came for the effects advice and stayed because of the awesome community here. Okay, enough backstory... The effects I use on my bass tones - mostly fuzz, filter and phaser - sound great in my recorded mixes. But when I read effects threads here on TB, there's a lot of "effects kill your tone," "effects ruin your dynamics," "you'll get buried in the mix," "you don't need effects,"...you get the picture. So to those of you who can make effects work live - how do you do it? Is it anywhere near as difficult as some say it is? Do you have to go through a lot of adjustments to get your affected sound heard, as opposed to bass-cable-amp? I LOVE effects; even with synths that make a virtually limitless number of sounds, effects have opened up a whole new world for me. It's almost like having a bunch of new synths! So I'm definitely NOT trolling here. I honestly want to know.