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Stronger tone

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ScottyG, Nov 3, 2006.


  1. ScottyG

    ScottyG

    Jul 15, 2006
    Hey guys, I was looking into a strong cleaner sound and was wondering what you all would recommend in terms of effects. I have messed around with the EQ on my amp, and also use a boss limiter enhancer pedal which works pretty well. Any help would be awsome.
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Sounds to me like what needs upgrading are the bass or the amp. Certainly there are effects for improving clean sound, such as BBE or Aphex enhancers, or compressors, or high-end preamp/DI pedals... but IMO your money is better spent on a good bass and a good amp.
     
  3. ScottyG

    ScottyG

    Jul 15, 2006
    I have a good bass and a good amp. I play a G&L 84 L-1000, and the amp is a genz benz gbe 400. Currently I use a boss limiter enhancer pedal, and a boss overdrive. I use the overdrive boost, which is relatively clean, and then use the enhancer on the second pedal. The bbe might not be a bad choice, but I already have an enhancer pedal, so I may not need anymore. The amp also has a limiter on it.
     
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    So what do you mean by a "strong cleaner sound"? What's missing, or what sound are you trying to get?
     
  5. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
  6. uly_

    uly_

    Jul 4, 2005
    Denmark
    By "stronger" tone you mean punch?

    And by punch you mean "I can feel the pants flapping when hitting a string"?

    If so: more volume, more lows! :)
     
  7. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    I gotta disagree with you there. Mids=punch, lows=rumble and mud.
     
  8. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    I disagree with you, too:

    Lows = Rumble and Boom

    Mids = Body and Punch

    Highs = Edge and Honk

    :smug:

    And let's not get started on low and high mids :D
     
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Low mids = Hips
    High mids = Bust

    :p
     
  10. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    It seems like people think that pedals can solve all their problems. Heaven knows that I used to think like that.

    It's amazing what new strings and EQ'ing can do for you. Mids baby.
     
  11. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    *DING* Winner! :D
     
  12. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass

    nice:)
     
  13. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Well, I am fond of hips, and there IS such a thing as too much bust, so I'm going to have to agree with you... but JUST this one time!

    Consider this a temporary truce in our effects thread war :D

    Oh, and while we're at it...

    Bass = Something you can easily figure out on your own ;)
    Treble = Voice

    ...and now, the otherwise attractive Jennifer Tilly should make perfect sense to us bassists - too much treble :p
     
  14. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Inactive

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    Not a fan of these. I'd look into eq adjustment and a different bass.
     
  15. uly_

    uly_

    Jul 4, 2005
    Denmark
    Well punch, for me at least, is when I can feel my speakers pushing so much air that my pants are flapping :) And I get that with the lows.

    But we might have different ideas of what "punch" is of course :) this is just my idea of it.

    For me, the mids is equal to "warmth" in the tone.
     
  16. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    Try a sansamp, it does wonders.
     
  17. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Hmph! Here's what I think of your "truce", Boo! [​IMG]
     
  18. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    :confused:

    ...I don't understand the reference to the thread. SOMEONE had to "promote" the search function! :D

    And I don't understand your interest in probing me, either. I never envisioned my posterior as enticing :p
     
  19. seanm

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

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    For a stronger sound I would say slightly heavier strings. And maybe digging in a bit more.
     

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