Metal Music

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Budget Bass, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Although I don't usually use effect pedals, I've just joined an amateur Metal outfit (2 guitars, bass, drums) and was wondering what would be the ONE most useful pedal/stomp box. The music runs along the lines of Metallica, Ramstein, etc.

    My bass: 1979 MusicMan Stingray 4; Amp: SWR Workingman 15.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
  2. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    I'd say get a good compressor and a good fuzz/overdrive unit...other that that it's just good to toy with different units at the store until you find something cool....

    Be warned though, if you get into effects, it can be an expensive side-hobby!
  3. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    I know, I know!

    Pedals I use in recording (but not on stage) are:

    boss t-wah
    boss ps-2 digital delay/pitch shifter (about to be sold)
    ibanez auto filter (afl) - envelope follower (about to be sold)
    morley pro bass wah (pba)
    pro-co rat distortion (this might be good)
    yamaha spx-90 (multi-effects)
  4. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yup: Compressor.

    ..but may I suggest that you get one that allows you to dial-in a pronounced attack 'tick'.

    I use the Boss CS-3. Now we maybe both know that the CS-3 is not the most respected compressor around here, but that has alot to do with how 'unatural' it sounds; how 'not-transparent' it is. That's why I like it!

    One thing I like is how when using a pick, I can get a killer kickdrum-like "TICK!" on the initail note transients - including muted-string 'dead-strokes' - punchy! ..AND I can simply use the Attack control like it was a "pick-tick volume knob" - cool.

    Oh - and the Tone control lets me boost treble first-thing after the bass - I always leave it pretty-much around 3:00.

  5. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    Compressor it is!

    Thanx guys.
  6. to me, there is no greater effect on bass than an overdrive. Compression really helps, but Ive always looked at compression as a way of smoothing out ones own sloppy playing. I know thats not all a compressor does, but id make a case for a nice overdrive before anything else. I have lots of stompbox O/D's and dist's but none of them sound quite as good through a DI as they do coming out of the amp. So far, my favorite O/D is the one on ampegs billy sheehan preamp. I think theres some samples at
  7. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
    I still have to try out these effects, but for the time
    being just increasing the gain on the amp has given
    me a more grittier tone. I also used my other bass,
    a G&L L-1000 rosewood in place of the Stingray for
    deeper bass response.
  8. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    For me it goes like this:

    1. compressor
    2. fuzz/overdrive (not a full on distortion like a Muff or Rat)
    3. chorus

    Thats all I ever really need. :)
  9. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I would say hang onto the Wah and Rat and go Cliff Burton style. Tha'ts a good place to start for metal music. :bassist:
  10. Flea666


    Apr 21, 2005
    Lichfield, UK
    i think all you will need for metal is an overdrive, chorus or flanger.

  11. Are there many Hard Rock, Alternative Rock or Metal players that play clean?
  12. Flea666


    Apr 21, 2005
    Lichfield, UK
    i think most hardrock and metal bass players, play clean but most of them use valve amps so they get a nice bit of natural overdrive..
  13. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    you dont need effects to play in a metalband, i play clean in my thrash/death band.

    but different people, different taste.
  14. Budget Bass

    Budget Bass

    Dec 1, 2005
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