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Tell me your ODB-3 settings

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by sk8inbassist17, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. Hey all,

    Im trying to get a nice warm overdrive sound with the ODB-3 but it always ends up will a big muff sound or some sort of fuzz. So could yall show me your settings, and good OD settings.

    thanks in advance.
  2. i'd say probably just turn the gain to about nil and leave the blend a quarter of teh way up. u'll get some grit then.
    *starts counting the time till someone says "off"*
  3. i usually turn the gain up, and then set the blend towards the clean side, add bass keep treble at about 12:00...
  4. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    I usually have the gain about 1/8th of the way up (sometimes a little less) and the blend about a 1/4 of the way. If I want hard fuzz, I turn the gain up to 1/4, but never more than that.

    Keep the gain and blend down, and you'll be fine. Good pedal, I don't know why people hate it so much...
  5. ^^thanks everyone.

    is the blend knob the level knob or balance.
  6. It'd be balance. i have mine set with treble at 11:30 o'clock, bass at 1 o'clock, balance at 11 o'clock, gain at 3 o'clock.
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Despite what some people say, i like this pedal. If i was looking for a pedal to add slight grit to my tone 100% of the time i would NOT use this pedal, but i use it for certain heavier parts of songs and such, and it works very well.
  8. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I get a great light overdrive sound from my ODB-3 - I love it! - but I always have two components in-line before it!

    From the bass, it goes CS-3, Aphex Xciter, ODB-3. The first two are always on for all my sounds.

    If I were to only pick one of these, it's the Xciter that really fixes-up the ODB sound. One problem, though, is that I sort-of have to put the CS before the Xciter; else the transients from my passive Peavey bass can distort the input of the Xciter! Don't get me wrong; I'd have a compressor there anyway (lucky-for-me!), but...

    Anyway: A little part of the trick is that I pre-boost the treble from my T.I. Jazz Flats with the CS-3's tone control (3:00; the other controls are: level=11:30, tone=3:00, attack=1:30, sustain=11:00 to 1:00 - 'sustain' control changes for different sounds), boost'em again with the Exciter-section of the Bass Xciter (tune at the 6½-mark, and blend at 8-9), then run the treble all-the-way DOWN on the ODB (bass control "pointing at the LED indicator" - near 12:45 or 1:00). The Big Bottom part of the Xciter is set Tune=5.5, blend=8.0.

    I love my pedal setup (have a CEB-3 and an NS-2 on the board also) - and for more than just this one 'light overdrive' sound (I have a nice, versitile setup) - but all-told, I use $80 + $140 + $80 = $300 for this 'light' sound! That's more than I paid for my bass...

  9. what do you set the level at.
    what kind of tone do you get out of this setting that you posted.
  10. i probably should have stated that i also have Boss GEB-7.
    I have that set pretty bassy so that i can get some nicce low end. Thanks for your setting Joe P.
  11. I have my gain up on full then the balance on full dirt too, sounds good to me, wanna hear it??


    track Sarah Kane... distortion kicks in about 2:45ish

    let me know what you think, of the sound as well as the band!! :rolleyes:
  12. Level's set at whatever it needs to be to give me an equal volume between my clean sound and the effected sound. usually around 12 o'clock. the Level shouldn't affect your sound. Those settings give me a reasonably thick distortion (blame the gain), while still retaining some clarity as my balance is closer to clean. I'm not really in it for just a hint of grit or anything.

    If you want some plain OD settings, cut the gain completely. Also, ahve a look in the manual, at the back there are some suggested settings with a phrase that gives you an idea on what the settings will give soundwise.
  13. ^^ok thanks I will just probably have to fool around with it, because im sure its personal prefference on how someone would want it to sound.
  14. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    As for your gas, i see you wanta DD-3, might i sugges the DD-6? Longer delay time and looping etc, i think its better.
  15. ^^thanks i will look into that.
  16. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, yeah! I'd love to borrow a GEB to experiment with it at the INPUT of the ODB.

    Better-yet: TWO of'em! Then I can do a whole pre-emphasis/de-emphasis-thing. Years ago a guitarist friend of mine of set up a Yami 31-band at the input and output of his rackmount Schultz pre ('Rockman'). I loved playing with that setup; I think I learned much about distortion doing that.

    If you really want a study of what that ODB's doing, put the GEB at its input, put the balance over to 'wet' (effect-side), and one-by-one put those sliders up to the top, seeing what the distortion circuit does with THAT band of freqs.

  17. so then how should the order be.

    1) amp> GEB-7> Odb-3> bass


    2) amp> ODb-3> Geb-7> bass.
  18. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I can see by your sig that there may be some confusion. Y'know: the signal starts at the bass. That's like signal OUT of the bass, IN to the GEB; OUT of the GEB, IN to the ODB; OUT of the ODB (or whatever)... eventually to the amp; out of the amp to the speaker, where the actual sound finally comes OUT, and then IN to a listener's ear.

    ..So when I said "at the INPUT of the ODB", I meant OUT of the GEB, and IN to the ODB - like bass to GEB to ODB to amp to speaker.

  19. ^^ah i see.
  20. I just tried one of these pedals out today and I quite like it. I'll be buying it tomorrow! It'll be my first pedal, like, ever.