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What are the most popular effects for bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Green Lantern, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Nov 3, 2011
    I am thinking of the following 3

    1. Chorus
    2. Compressor
    3. Octave pedal

    Which ones do you find you use the most?
  2. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    tuner! (sorry, ate a clown for breakfast)

    well ... i think out of those 3: compressor
  3. 1. Distortion/Fuzz/OD
    2. Envelope Filter

    Those are mine. I plan on picking up a chorus pedal soon but my guitarist loves to use chorus every chance he gets so I don't think it'll get much use

    If you're unsure of what effects to get, get a multi. A Zoom B3 can handle everything you're asking for.
  4. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    I think that by far, overdrive is the single most popular effect I have seen discussed and used on boards. From the bassists just looking to add a little thickness to their sound, to outright distortion. The effect provides a foundation for a lot of music.

    Everything else is second fiddle to overdrive.
  5. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Nov 3, 2011
    Aguilar told me they are coming out with a bass chorus next year. I will be waiting for it as I know all their gear is well with it.
  6. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member

    It could be debated that a compressor is or iznot an effect, same with tuner, so let's take it out of the equation. So I'd go:

    1. envelope filter
    2. chorus
    3. dirt (overdrive/distortion/fuzz)
  7. Comp is an effect. It actually affects the sound wave of your instrument. A tuner simply measures the frequency at which you are playing. No effect there
  8. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Compression can be used as a very powerful effect, dramatically effecting the attack and sustain and can be used alone or with other effects with a huge variety of options. It's like EQ, useful in almost every scenario.

    Most Common effects that I've seen used:

    Internal: (usually in amp pre section)
    > EQ
    > ( OD / tube distortion
    > Compressor
    > Amp/Cab simulators

    External: (rack or pedals)
    > OD/distortion/fuzz
    > Compressor
    > EQ
    > Envelope Filters (Phasers/Flangers/Wahs)
    > Octavers
    > MultiEffects

    I haven't got a huge sample, so I could be way off in the order of things. It will vary depending on the genre. I doubt a lot of country bassists use fuzz pedals!
  9. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    The most popular effect is polyrhythmic multidubtronofiltering but most people haven't heard of it.
  10. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    I think the most popular effect is loudness.
  11. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member

    Yeah. Pure kick-ass facemelting gut-wrenching fat-bottomed loudness.

  12. I agree with this. It's not my top 3 but it seems these are the popular topics. Maybe Octave too.
  13. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    I think the most popular effects are my fingers ... i´m serious about that!

    ... and they don´t need electricity :spit:
  14. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member


    Yeah, I hear ya. I put chorus because of personal preference, but it was a toss up with octave.
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  16. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    Do they self oscilate? 0_o
  17. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Oh, so you play unamplified acoustic upright?

    Otherwise, you might want to retract the electric part.
  18. Compressor and a mild overdrive (to emulate a tube head if you want that standard rock tone).
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I rank them:

    1. Overdrive/distortion
    2. Compression (I don't use it anymore but a lot of bass players do)
    3. Octave down
    4. Envelope filter
    5. Chorus
    6. Reverb/delay

    I stop at envelope filter.
  20. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    my top 3 would have to be

    but i think the top most popular i hear about the most is probably
    3. Octave
    2. Envelope Filter
    1. Fuzz