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Top 3 most IMPORTANT effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by semborg, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. Which do you think is the top 3 most important effects for a bassplayer?

    My list:

    #1. Compressor
    #2. Envelope Filter
    #3. Octave Divider
  2. 1. Octaver
    2. Compressor
    3. Wah (I've always enjoyed playing around with this one)
  3. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    I'd say

    Some sort of gain (OD, Fuzz, Dist)

    My personal most import effects

    Boss DD-20
    Line 6 Echo
    MXR bass DI

    In a band

    Prunes & Custard
    Aria FL-10 Flanger
    MXR Bass DI
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    1. Fingerstyle
    2. Pick
    3. Slap & Pluck


    *runs back to the Bassists section*

  5. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    Heh, I agree here. You don't need effects. Most players don't use any, sans compression in the studio.

    However, for myself, I must have an envelope filter and distortion/ overdrive.
  6. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Yeah yeah but I'd like to see you loop with out any effects
  7. depends on what kind of music you are playing...
    for me:

    1. Overdrive
    2. Delay
    3. Fuzz w/ Wah
  8. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001
    Depends on the music you wish to create.

    For me I'd have to list Reverb, Delay, and Distortion as the three necessary effects, but that third slot is kinda up for grabs between Pitchshifter, Envelope Filter, and Distortion. I'm also using a Ring Mod a lot lately.

    For your traditional bassist, I'd say Overdrive, Compressor, and Envelope Filter.
  9. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    1. Overdrive/Fuzz/Distortion
    2. Compressor
    3. Chorus/Reverb/Delay
  10. Shaggy98771

    Shaggy98771 Guest

    May 19, 2003
    Rockford Illinois
    for me its gotta be


    but all I have is a BP200 :(
  11. It depends on what you play, but for me its definitly..

    1. Distortion/Fuzz (proco rat-usa big muff)
    2. Delay (Boss DD6)
    3. Digitech bass whammy(oh yea, I got one :D )
  12. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA

    hey that's 4 effects! :p

  13. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    envelope filter
  14. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    The only one I sort of look for is an envelope filter that won't suck all lows and will react to my tone, which has virtually no highs in it.
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Chorus, compressor, overdrive

    I can do without them, but the chorus is the one pedal that never leaves my rig.
  17. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Not an effect, but I always have a tuner pedal. I use chorus as well. Looking for a 3rd, but haven't had a NEED for one yet.
  18. Smoe


    Jul 20, 2005
    It's interesting - a lot of people here say they "don't NEED" effects.

    it all comes down to what you're trying to do I guess. I'd like to see a bass player get a phasing effect across a chorus section of a song, then in the bridge section have a nice delay line, with a big fat fuzz for the outro, all the while maintaining a nice clear signal with no peaks, and having a solid stage presence. All with no pedals. If there's video footage of a bass player doing this, i'd like to see it.

    How many bass players here who "don't need effects" play in bands with guitarists who have effects?

    My top 3 effects

    Big Muff
    Envelope filter
  19. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I wasn't slamming effects or those that use them, I just tend to get stuff I don't really NEED, so I'm waiting until I can justify one before I buy it.
  20. 1: compression (i prefer mine NOT transparent, but with some grit)
    2: overdrive (i dont really need to explain myself here, do i)
    3: articulation (infinite possibilities to expand on the tonality of ur clean/effected sounds)

    i use, in addition to the above, a filter, a phaser, prunes and custard, wah, and a chorus, maybe a tremolo in the future...but if i had to strip down, id be fine w/ compression and overdrives