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. 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. 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. .

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

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
  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. TOOL460002

    TOOL460002 Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz CA
    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