Question about how effects should be used

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lockout, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    From what I've been reading and from some limited experience, bass effects seem to work out best when blended with the original bass tone, right? So what's the best way to do that?

    Would it work best to run effects to different speakers than the clean signal? Like this:


    Or would putting the effects in the effects loop of the preamp give the same results while saving some money?

    Just something I was wondering, I don't have much experience with this. :)
  2. Hey Lockout,

    A lot of bass amps have effects loop jacks, so that you can plug your effects in series into it. And then they have a blend knob which lets you control how much % of the final sound comes from the effects loop and how much % comes from the clean.

    The schematic you drew reminds me of how i set up my rickenbacker. Since its a stereo bass ( a channel per pickup) i can put some effetcs (like wah, distor, flange) into one channel and some other effects (compressor, eq) into the other channel.

    Also, a lot of effect pedals come with its own blend knob which lets you keep some of the clean tone. Actually, i think most pedals for dynamic effects (distor, fuzz, etc) come with this feature.

    Happy groovin!
  3. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I don't think the signals need to go to separate speaker cabs, but I do like splitting my signal and mixing fx w/ clean.
  4. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tarboro, NC
    effects are like drugs and in moderation.

    seriously though, if i have an fx blend knob, i can run all teh effects through the loop and then use that knob to contrl what it sounds like? hows that work?