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Looking for SLIGHT overdrive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by GodPlayedBass, Sep 19, 2020.


  1. And I mean slight. I don't wanna sound like a guitar. Just a little bit of dust from the attic if you know what I mean. Any suggestions? Would be cool if i could ger this sound from a DI. Not too expensive hopefully?
     
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  2. Peaveylover

    Peaveylover Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2019
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  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    One Control Hookers Green. I tried a bunch and that one can get very mild and musical.
     
  4. Evil_Druid

    Evil_Druid

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    Southampton fifth gear
    RMA Tetanus boost
     
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  5. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    The most transparent analogue Overdrive I tried is a Fairfield Barbershop. However the most veratile and transparent overdrive i'd tried period is one of the 6 options on the Source Audio AfterShock. It's digital...not that you would know it.
     
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  6. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Fretless with a pick Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Soul food
     
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  7. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    If you want one that’s also a DI, a SansAmp BDDI or VT Bass are good choices.

    For a light OD pedal I like (and own)
    - Bass Soul Food - I really like it but I’m in a minority here, seems most TBers hate it. It’s also relatively inexpensive.
    - OneControl Hooker’s Green Bass Machine
    - [sfx] Micro Red Dragon (but they’re getting harder to find)
    - Ampeg Scrambler (really like it at lighter drive settings, not so much above 2:00 or 3:00)
     
  8. ruju

    ruju

    Dec 9, 2017
    Ontario,Canada
    I liking the eqd plumes. It's pretty cheap to..$139 cdn anyway.. I keep the drive very low most of the time.
     
  9. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I'm currently using my SansAmp YYZ pedal in exactly this way. I have the Drive at about 11 o'clock and the Blend about the same (favoring dry signal). This way I am able to get a very subtle change. In fact, you might not guess I had anything on my signal if I just played a few notes for you. But as soon as I turn it off - bang - you get the rubber band sterility of solid state amp like gangbusters. The YYZ just adds a little sustain to higher notes and a little bit of "air" to the lower ones, just fattens them up. And the way I run the Blend and the EQ there's absolutely no loss of fundamental bump.

    Of course, this pedal can also full out "Geddy" and even go well beyond that, too.
     
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2020
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  11. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Grizzly. Does low gain perfectly and thickens the sound. Sounds so nice, I bought it twice.
     
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  12. TC Spark! 4 knob version
     
  13. Adienn7

    Adienn7

    Jan 26, 2007
    Just about any boost overdrive with a blend can do that.. get cheapest one and move on. Any of these pedals in this thread will do.. Try them as able
     
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  14. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    I spent a few years trying out (and returning) lots of "subtle" overdrives. I avoided buying a Pork Loin, because it was too big. When the small version of the Pork and Pickle came out, I caved.

    I really wish I'd caved earlier - to my hears, the Pork is it. It can do that "is it dirty?" thing that you don't really know is on, until you turn it off, and realize....yeah, that's it.
     
  15. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Austin, TX
    soul food
     
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  16. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    EHX Bass Soul Food.
    TC Electronic Spark.

    Both relatively inexpensive, widely available, and do the mild transparent overdrive thing well.
     
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  17. Tube screamer for sure
     
  18. 4stringfarley

    4stringfarley Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2015
    Cajun Country
    I've been on this quest for ages. My local GC knows me as the bassist buying and selling pedals. A tube preamp slight in the red is the only answer I can give you.
     
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  19. bassingeorge

    bassingeorge Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San diego, CA
    Vtbass
    Vtbass
    Vtbass

    & Vtbass

    :D
     
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