low-end boost

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by prsbass, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. prsbass

    prsbass Guest

    Oct 13, 2006
    I searched around but all the boosts I found were clean boost or overdrive. I have a need for a low-end frequency boost. Basically I just need a pedal that has a bass knob on it that functions like the bass knob on a preamp. I notice my tone gets a little thinned out when it goes through 2-3 pedals and I'd like to add some bass boost at the end of the chain to restore the loss.......or maybe just add low-end to sound even bigger.
    Anybody make a simple pedal with just low-end boost?
    Any kits out there?
  2. Why not just use an EQ pedal?
  3. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    BEE sonic stomp does this well, the boost in volume isn't huge but it does boost your bottom nicely, I find that with distortions for keeping [adding] lows it works better than a blend, although I still keep it in my blend with my distortions because I like the faux bi-amped sound I get with the blend.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Most EQ pedals are fine for boosting lows.
    The Sadowsky outboard preamp has an excellent low boost, that's my recommendation.
    There are a number of "preamp" pedals out there with bass boost. Practically every pedal that calls itself a preamp has that option.

    Aside from that, bear in mind that lows which have been removed at some point in the chain cannot be put back with any kind of boost, EQ, or enhancer. There are two ways those devices can "work" for this purpose: one, if the original lows were not cut off, but only reduced in overall level a bit; or two, if you're content boosting the low mids above the rolled-off point, as that will give the impression of massive sounding lows even though the actual frequencies affected are higher than you'd think.
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Everything mentioned so far would get you what you want. +1 on the Sonic Stomp for me.
  6. SFjonstarr

    SFjonstarr Guest

    Nov 4, 2005
    You're probably going to get a more natural sounding result if you roll off some highs and then boost the overall level a bit. IME FWIW... You would be well served experimenting a bit to what sounds best with the equipment you're using.
  7. Hollow

    Hollow Guest

    Oct 16, 2007
    my amp (a behringer) has a nifty ultrabass effect that reinforces low end a good amount. Problem is that im not sure if they make a pedal.
  8. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I designed a little bass booster that uses one dual opamp. It is basically the bass side of a Baxandall tone control with no bass cut. At the time I was really into "one knob wonders".


    I really didn't have an application in mind. I just was fooling around.
  9. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    Bongo makes a great point. A low-fequency boost may work, but it will probably be boosting frequencies other than what you are losing. A good buffer before the pedals in question might help a little, but the best remedy is always to eliminate the tone-sucking items!

    That said, there are many great eq & pre pedals that do boost low frequencies. My favorite is the Frantone Thunderhead. Just bass boost & overall volume. It's true-bypass & preserves your "sound" while adding up to 25db below 300hz. It's probably not the best "bang for the buck", since it only does one thing - but it does that one thing perfectly!
  10. Frantone Thunderhead?
  11. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    the Ibanez PD7 and The Boss ODB3 can both be set up to do this.
  12. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    E-H Hogs Foot can be found on the 'bay for not a lot of scratch and also ProTone Lo-Gear Thruster is affordable and effective. Good luck.
  13. prsbass

    prsbass Guest

    Oct 13, 2006
    Wow thanks for all the suggestions.
    I'll be spending most of the day doing research trying to figure if which one of the suggested fits my needs the best.