What are your effects, and what do you use them for ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by AllodoX, Jun 16, 2002.

  1. I've been looking for new effects, to spice up my sound.. so my question to all of you is.. name what effects you use, and what you use them for..

    my effects :

    - Overdrive, i use it pretty much all the time, to give my bass a little more rough sound, and to get cool grungy sounds when the guitarist does a solo.

    - Phaser.. i use this during the calmer parts to give my sound an extra athmospherical bonus.

    - Bass synth. i use this sometimes during the song to give a weird effect on a bridge or whoopy sounds to support the vocals.
  2. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Still using a cheesy Zoom BFX-708, whose patches have been highly tweaked. It does the job for me. I use a bypass pedal with it (covered in detail in another thread). Effects are sparingly used for some solos and one or two intros.

    Chorus: ala Sade Smooth Operator solo

    Envelope Filter / auto wah: break song and improvised funk solos

    wahwah pedal: blues and funk solos

    Octave: funk solos

    Overdrive: just for goofing around when I jam with my friends who are into classic rock.
  3. I'm using a bunch (well only two) EH Effects right now and a Line 6 DL4 that I barely ever use anymore:

    Envelope Filter: used for moog and tron tones, usually set at low pass or band pass settings. Band pass is set with moderate sensitivity, a downward sweep on the filter and really slow attack, that way I get really kick Mega II sounds when used with the synth. Low pass is just clinging to the signal good old squiltching porno/70's sounds.

    Bass Synth: often following the envelope filter, set for super sub-bass with a touch of square-wave for flavor, the filter is set to really low res. and a downward sweep so it gives me a phasing sound.

    Delay: Slap back, droning modulated echo and reverse.
  4. Stupidnick


    Mar 22, 2002
    ...my room...
    distortion: I use it in alot of my songs.. (im in a bass guitar, drum , vocals only garage band..)

    Envelope filter: Some solos.. I like to get funky once n a while... but im not that good at getting funky......yet :p

    Tremelo: I bought this today.. danelectro Tuna Melt Tremelo.. very good pedal.. im very happy with.. but I have used this on openings of songs and just weird stuff... very slow attach.. check out some who stuff like hmm.. "whos next" that one song.. thats like 8 minutes... errr yeah that one lol its got that synth at the front and thats what the trem sounds like with my distortion pedal and ev filter if i do it just right..

    Oh yeah EDIT: i forgot.. my dads leslie.. I play through it half the time.. I love it though..

    Im buying a Phaser and a reverb really soon
    and a slap echo pedal.. I like danelectro pedals!

    Reverb : for my death metal band starting up called "the black metal boys" we do death metal versions of top 20 pop songs!

    Phaser: there fun

    Slap Echo: more.. modulation= more fun!

    I used to have a volume pedal but sold it and bought a tascam 4 track recorder.. lol.. and into my computer.. wow im just movin on up!
  5. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    I use a Bass Pod Pro and in the effects loop I have a pedal board that houses my BPP FB4 footswitch, and in order of appearance-a Boss OC-2 octave>DOD FX25>AKAI Headrush. I play all styles of cover material in my band Phillip the Meatbox(www.ptmeatbox.com). The footswitch is programmed for the following-bank 1:Clean(Acoustic 360), 2:Clean w/microsynth(for Tom Sawyer intro), 3:Clean w/Mutron(p-funks' Chocolate City), 4:Clean w/Big Muff Pi(for gtr solo backing, boost, grind). The OC-2 is good for "In the End" by Linkin Park. I use the first octave down soloed for "What I Got" by Sublime(which I loop w/the Headrush). The FX25 is nice for "No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley or whenever I want to get dubby.
  6. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    SansAmp BDDI -
    Not really and effect, I just use it for tubesim/OD... one or the other when it's on.

    Boss LS-2 -
    Switching and blending of all my effects.

    Ibanez FZ-7 -
    For fuzz obviously... can change it's sound a lot with the soon to be mentioned AW-2 and the SABDDI to make this fairly useful.

    EH Bassballs -
    Relly I use it in 2 settings:
    • sens.very low, disto off -- result: fat semi-dub tone where the filter sweeps a bit if you really dig in...
    • sens. medium, disto on or off for classic BB sound, what it's known for...
    Boss AW-2 -
    I use this either w/Sens and depth at lowest level using the range to change the character, creating really nasel or stuffy sounds, great for controlling the fuzz. I also occasionally set it to a fairly quick touch-wah for quasi-funky stuff... really cool with the BB for this.

    Homemade Fuzz (w/o name) -
    Not quite done, but I have had it working w/it being held together w/aligator clips... It sounds good, will go late in the chain to make things a bit squelchy or adding grit.


    Dano mini chorus -
    Getting it cheap (free in a deal) so it's cool. Not the greatest chorus, but it will be useful for an 80's New Wave type band I'm starting.

    EH Octave Multiplexor -
    Will be used for synth/fat tones. A fairly heavy mix of octave down... good for dub/pop/anything bassy.

    That's it!

    wow, I didn't realise I had that many effects...

    *edit* added homemade fuzz...
  7. my effects? I have a Zoom 506 II...

    and I use it for tuning.

    that's all.
  8. pudgefactor


    Mar 28, 2002
    EH Bassballs: I use it to get a whacky funk sound.

    EH Octave Multiplexor: Very warm analog sound. Gets a little muddy sometimes. Tracking isn't bad.
    Use it along with filters.

    EBS BassIQ: Great funk sounds! Can get a ton of different shapes out of this thing. Awesome pedal.

    Carl Martin Heavy Drive: Awesome distortion on my 4x10 cab. This thing can do a nice overdrive all the
    way to a heavy crunch for thrash. Looses some low end though. Makes me feel like a ROCK STAR!

    Sansamp BDDI: My favorite. Shapes tones for me to be exactly what I want. Fantastic when following
    a distortion pedal cause it can boost the low end for a powerful sound. Pretty good following filters too.

    Zoom 506II: Was a lot of fun, and great to learn on. Moving on to bigger and better things.........
  9. brandonwhite


    Jan 2, 2002
    I use these pedals:

    Boss TU-2: Only for tuning and mostly by pass

    EH Bass Balls: there is an intro to one song that I use it on, but mostly just for goofing around

    Ibanez Chorus/flanger: I use the chorus in a lot of verses in our songs that our in drop d

    Boss ODB-3: This pedal SUCKS, I need to get a better distortion pedal (ANY IDEAS??)

    Dunlop Bass Wah: I use it for the funk
  10. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    boss odb-3: use it almost throughout one heavy song (which brendan thought was "iron-maiden"-ish! too cool), and a chorus in another heavy song.

    dod envelope filter: i occasionally fiddle around with this on my own.

    what i probably should get:

    (ebs?) compressor: for my (occasional) slap riffs. i hate feeling like i am abusing my amp.

    volume pedal: for volume swells. i do this as much as use distortion, and i have one of THOSE pedals...

    true-bypass box: for switching off effects

    what i want:

    (ebs?) chorus: for "pretty" stuff...maybe "trippy" or weird parts, too

    flange: well...i want one!

    whammy pedal: i don't know...i don't want to be an easily identifiable justin chancellor rip-off :D

    i should also probably replace my filter (may actually use it!)
  11. I've got a Boss LMB-3, used for removing nasty peaks and cleaning up the signal to my other effects.

    Then an Ibanez PD7, used almost all the time for brutal bass tone.

    Then a Boss CEB-3, for fattening the sound and adding shimmer to clean parts.

    Next I add a Boss OC-2, in between the LMB-3 and PD7. I'll use this for fattening too, give my verse parts and solos a lot of depth.
  12. Zoom 506 (original version)
    -for the tuner/muting, chorus and flanger, wah and delay (there's one setting that sounds like the main synth line on the Orb's "little fluffy clouds"- that crops up a few times in the Mock Turtle Regulator tracks I've done), octaver.
    also there's a wobbly fast flanged sound that's great for playing PUSA's "peaches".

    It's noisy- the chorus is the worst offender, but it's a great pedal to have around.
    I'll probably only buy a better multieffect when it finally stops working/falls apart - I've had to resolder the footswitch pedal switches and sockets a couple of times.

    Boss ODB3 overdrive - an alright pedal - if it had a midrange control it could be great. a couple of useable settings, otherwise too fuzzy- not enough grind.

    Boss CEB3 chorus - less noisy than the Zoom's chorus, so I use this for recording.
    I use chorus for that Cure/Banshees/Joy Division piano-like sound, or to approximate a fretless sound eg. Pearl Jam "Alive", or to make harmonics ring out.
  13. snoogin


    Jun 15, 2002
    Sioux city Iowa
    My right and left hand, because they're free.
  14. Same here :p
  15. savagelucy


    Apr 27, 2002
    DOD Envolope Filter - funky riffs and porno music

    Danelectro Daddy-O - I don't use this because it pretty much eliminates all my low-end

    I want mor but i need a new bass first
  16. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    Mu-Tron III envelope filter-for da funk baby!

    Tube Works Blue Tube for warm overdrive. Its one of the older ones. I use it on songs that need a nastier sound, and sometimes on solos.

    Ibanez PD7. For full-on bass havoc!

    Roland RSP-550 rack mount multi fx w/MIDI controller. I use this for flange, chorus, phaser, slight reverb. I also use it for a mild level boost during solos sometimes. Its very clean and quiet, and has a hard-wire bypass. Beautiful.

    I use these in different combinations or alone. Depends on my mood. I play un-effected most of the time and use the effects for a little variety now and then.
  17. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    My main thing is compression. I love it. A good rack compressor can be a beautiful thing. I'm using a Behringer, which works pretty well for a cheap compressor.

    I also have a Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz, which I like a lot. It has more than one sound, and I find it very useable - I even use it in church.

    That's it for me, for now.
  18. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I only use overdrive, Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive, and not all the time. For some songs I use it in the guitar solo to add a better background, in other songs I use it all the time.:D

    If you ask me the SD-1 gives a good overdrive sond on the bass, very tube like grind, the only thing I don´t like about it is that it kills some bottom. :(
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    EBS Bass IQ for some funky "quack" within a solo (it also does "blorp" and "boing").

    SansAmp BassDriver DI to add sweet tubey goodness to my solid state rack rig.

    I'm considering an actual distortion pedal (Phat Hed?)

    Even though I wouldn't use them much, I'd like to own more effects... just for effect, man. Effects are extremely cool when used well.
  20. My DBX 120XP subharmonic synthesizer; for making all those cute and stinky patchouli girls ill....
    (I am such a jerk..)