Those who use distortion and/or overdrive...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SteveC, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I have been debating adding some sort of distortion/overdrive option to my rig. The problem is that the tunes I would use it for require different types/levels or the effect.

    For example, the Ben Folds tune "Army" uses a very-over-the top type distortion. The next tune in the set might be "Free" by Counting Crows. I would just use a slightly overdriven tone for this. You get the idea.

    So do you guys use one pedal and adjust it as the song dictates or just use one setting and leave it? Do you have a multi-type pedal? I never tried for a really over-the-top type distortion with my BDDI. Would a programmable BDDI do it?

    Thanks for any input.
  2. bassguitar

    bassguitar Guest

    Apr 25, 2005
    T-Dizzle fo shizzle
    I use a few differnent OD/Dist sounds on my ME50B.
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I have a full fx board, I also have an ME50B that i take to smaller gigs/rehearsals.

    On the fx board, I have a couple of different pedals to handle low grind overdrive through high gain distortion. On the multifx, I have different patches with different levels of od/dist.

    Of course, there's nothing to say you can't just use one pedal and adjust settings between songs as necessary.
  4. chips

    chips Guest

    im running a guvnor and a big muff. Muff is for the insane fuzz/dist. type thing. I originally planned to use the guvnor for a nice mild overdrive, but found a really cool mid way setting that i use. Ive found that i have no real need for a slight OD, but if i want it, i just gotta turn the gain pot downa bit, which is bugger-all effort to do:)

  5. thejohnkim


    Sep 30, 2003
    i'm currently running a fulltone bassdrive. I switch back and forth between the off, overdrive and boost settings even mid song for clean, slight grit and fully overdriven sounds. i like it a lot.
  6. Joe P

    Joe P Guest

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I get three sounds - that I'm really pleased with - by running a Boss CS-3 into an Aphex Bass Xciter into a BOSS ODB-3; all this in the loop of a Boss NS-2 Noise Supressor. There's also a CEB-3 chorus at the output of the NS, on the way to the amp.

    The NS is set way-up at like 3:15 for my bass. The CS is set like 12:15, 3:00, 1:30, 11:00 (this is quite-squashed). The Xciter is #5.5, #8.0, #6.5, #8.5. The ODB is the only thing I really need to change for my three OD-sounds: light overdrive is like level=1:30, Bass=1:00, Treb=7:00 (full-CCW), Blend=11:00, drive=7:00. For more grind it's the same, except for moving the drive control to 10:00, and the level to 11:30. For all-out synth-like fuzz (this is where the noise supressor is fairly mandatory because of the compression in conjunction with distortion!), ODB settings change to level=9:15, Bass=1:00, Treb=9:30, Blend=10:00, drive=2:00

    I know I keep saying, but I gotta get some clips up one of these days! All three are killer OD/Dist. tones!

    Oh! I should mention that part of my dist. sound is also the T.I. Jazz Flats. An amazing tone to me is the high-gain setting mentioned above with bridge pup, and the tone rolled-off all the way. Oh yeah.


    (edit) Oh! I should mention that you don't need ALL this stuff to get a great distortion; just the Aphex alone into the ODB sounds great. ..But you do need the Xciter to get that ODB workin' right!
  7. violatedppl

    violatedppl Guest

    May 8, 2005
    san fran bay area
    I run a DOD bass overdrive for sort of the guitar high gain stuff, a berhinger bdi 21 for the mild tube grit kinda OD, and a muff for all out fuzz. Although their is only one song my band does where I use the muff and the dod but the bdi is on all the time.
  8. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Thanks for the opinions. As I currently only NEED it for one song, I'll just get by without for now. I've always been a "clean" kind of guy so I'll stay that way until more of our set "requires" distortion or overdrive.
  9. chips

    chips Guest

    i like it dirrrrty

    (that sounds kinda creepy. i apologize:))
  10. bassman314

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

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Russian Muff for crazy distortion.

    Hot Tubes for a milder crunch...

    somtimes I'll run both of them, for a really nasty, warm dirt box... but not often...