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Is this the right effect?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Esquillama, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Hey all you effects gurus!
    I'm totally new to using effects live with bass. I've been playing
    for years, but I've been without effect(except compressor).
    I'm thinking of using my Lexicon Alex this weekend to put
    just a bit of chorus on my signal. I'm hoping this will "fatten up"
    my sound. I don't know if this is the right effect to do that,
    or if there's something else I should be trying.

    Right now I'm running through a BMax, and am planning on
    running my Alex through the effects loop. Probably just leaving
    it on the whole time. I don't think effects are usually left "on"
    all the time, but like I said, I'm only hoping to "fatten up" the
    sound, not use it as a dramatic effect.

    If you have any suggestions they would be welcomed, and
  2. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Maybe try an octaver sound as well, as that will fatten things up loads if it doesn't sound to synthy and in your face.

    Chorus should work nicely, but have a play, maybe try a small bit of delay like really really small.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Chorus is great on bass in 1981.
  4. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    still is!

  5. Thanks, I was starting to feel kind of foolish for asking.
  6. Well, here's the update.
    I just got back from the second gig this weekend using the
    Lexicon Alex to put a "touch" of chorus on my signal.

    The Friday night gig was a jazz trio of "musical wallpaper".
    So we were playing so quiet, I really couldn't get a sense
    of what the tone was really like.

    But tonight (Saturday), I played with my regular band,
    at regular gig volume. It sounded Great! I had punch,
    body, heft and all other good things.
    I could hear me, my band could hear me(especially my mistakes).

    So I think I'll be leaving the effects unit in my rack for now.
    I'm glad to have TalkBass as a resource. I've learned a ton
    from reading all of the tips, advice, and other people's trial
    and error.

    Thanks again for your responses.