Most essential effect?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Alex, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. I was thinking of adding one more pedal to my arsenal. I currently have an EHX Big Muff Pi, and a Crybaby From Hell (that's the name). I was wondering what you guys thought was the most essential effect that I should have outside of these 2 pedals. I play EVERYTHING. What effect do you think a bass player should never leave home without?

    I was considering an envelope filter? I dunno. Help me out. I think this would also be helpful to other people with basic wah and distortion pedals that don't know what they need.

    sorry if something lik this has been talked about before, but I searched and found nothing.
  2. Chorus.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    For me i think everyone needs some kinda of dirty /fuzzy/ OD pedal. An envelope filter is also a nice choice.
  4. compression...i never leave my house w/o a good compressor...even when im playing w/o any effects, i STILL bring one of my compressors...i use the aphex punch factory, and an electro harmonix black finger, if i want some warmth and color, i bring the ehx, if i want something more transparent, i bring the aphex...and IMO, any overdrive/distortion/fuzz sounds better when u run compression before it

    hows that crybaby from hell?...i was looking at one but never decided to try quite satisfied w/ my 105Q's (im excited for the new EBS wah tho...) but im still curious about the one u have...
  5. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    Since you've got the wah (tone filter kinda effect) and a distortion, I'd say:



    envelope filter



    Pretty much covers what I use!
  6. This one...Its how i keep all my gigs...
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yep, that crazy Angelfire Jaco-B-Gone.

    Love the description... obviously the guy who invented it didn't know much about Jaco. Didn't pop or slap. Hmmm... :eyebrow:

    For me, it's definately chorus. My Peavey BAC-2. Usually subtle and a little swirly. Behind that is a Boss Flanger.

    The is all out sonic hell distortion. :)
  8. It's great, I love it! Great sound, with many different options. Also one of the smoothest rocking (like when you rock your foot back and forth) pedals I've ever played.
  9. I would like to attach a poll to this thread, but.......I don't know how :help:

  10. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    sansamp bddi/or another big overdrive
    more overdrive
    more distortion
    some chorus, phase and flange
  11. IcedEarthWOM


    Oct 2, 2005
    Damn Right!!!!!! (just got one the other day :D :D :D , the CryBaby From Hell that is....)

    I have a volume and a Reverb (Boss RV-5). The volume is basically a "mute" switch at the moment, and the verb adds some nice space. I usually use the room mode with all the dials centered. Adds some nice "space" to you sound (though not the Pink Floyd kinda space :D ).
  12. For me its eq's and preamps and i guess distortion.
  13. I'm intrigued by compression, how useful are they?

    If I'm not mistaken, they compress your signal and even out the volume? This doesn't sound like a very important effect (especially for the price)

    I know they affect your tone somehow, but how? I'll go dig up the BP review of the EHX compressor.

  14. you know, if it wasnt for the fact it mentioned the word groove on that thing, i woulda said a guitarist probably made that pic...
  15. uly_


    Jul 4, 2005
    I would never do a gig without my:

    Aphex Punch Factory
    Sadowsky preamp
    Boss EQ

    I could leave my two overdrives at home, but I feel something is missing in some of our tracks then :)
  16. The punch factory is a compressor, right?

    I think I've lowered it down to:

    Envelope filter

  17. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Tuner :D

    but really.. Chorus... I use Chorus and Reverb all the time...
  18. For bass I find I get great tone with compressor/delay/pigtronix. My pig has been modded with 2 extra expression pedal jacks so it runs as an envelope filter, wah and phaser. I find chorus muddies up a bit much for my taste. If I want to dirty up the sound I kick on the distortion side of my Morely.
  19. I don't understand thew application of chorus for bass. It just "wiggles" the sound. A lot of people have said it, though. I'm curios as to when you use it.
  20. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Chorus adds a nice sense of thickness and complexity to the straight bass sound.

    Always been my favorite for bass, along with compression.

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