What effects do you use, why and for what.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bigfeet, Sep 30, 2001.

  1. Well It's a good question many people here use allot of different effects for allot of different applications, I thought I'd find out why we use sertain ones and for what.
    <b>I use</b> (after getting rid of a few pedals that were cluttering up my board, I don't like that Ibanez Phat Hed I bought IT WAS COOL FOR ABOUT A WEEK I prefer my SVP-BSP);
    <li>An EH Bass Micro Synth</li>
    <li><b>Why:</b> Its simply one of the best effects out there, I love it!</li>
    <li><b>For What:</b> Many different things; a kickdrum/tuba like percussive sound, a distorted guitar sound, a throbing sub attack effect and a cool sound that's solid and sounds completly synthesized, but you can do so much more with it</li>
    <li><b>When:</b> It's a very universal effect I use it for everything from Hip-Hop to Techno Metal, It's a very nice pedal.</li>
    <li>An EH Q-tron+</li>
    <li><b>Why:</b> I wanted an envelope filter this was a nice coice, I chose it mainly for the effects loop that's a fun little feature</li>
    <li><b>For What:</b> By its self mainly used as a humming sound (in mix mode), I also use it for a T-wah (in band pass) and a really funky wah sound (in low pass), It's very cool when used with the Bass Micro Synth.</li>
    <li><b>When:</b> When the envelope filter effect is needed.</li>
    <li>An EH Bass-Balls</li>
    <li><b>Why:</b> It's a great vocal effect I love it's wierd sounds</li>
    <li><b>For What:</b> By its self a cherp, a watery funk wah sound or a feedback hum sound</li>
    <li><b>When:</b> When ever I want a funky vocal sound in the mix.</li>
    I will be adding a EH Stereo Poly Chorus and <i>maybe</i> a Mu-tron3+ soon.
  2. I use a Fulltone Bass Drive and a Fulltone Choralflange because together they create the Super Fat bass tone with lot's of flexibility. I feel that they are the best pedals of their kind.

    Next a Mutron with true bypass.
  3. <li>BOSS ODB-3 bass overdrive</li>
    <li>Why : because i wanted raw sound.</li>
    <li>For what : like i said.. to get raw sound.</li>
    <li>When : whenever the song requires it.. mostly during faster, hard parts / songs, and sometimes during intro's of songs.</li>

    <li>Morley PVO volume pedal</li>
    <li>Why : Doh !</li>
    <li>For what : Doh !</li>
    <li>When : whenever i i'm not playing.</li>

    that's it for now :)
  4. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Tech21 NYC stuff
    1) Sans Amp BDDI -for tonal variations, recording, I found a base sound that I like and use by default.
    2) BassCompactor -I slap a lot.

    Electro Harmonix
    1) BassBalls -its crazy sounding
    2) Q-tron+ -to bring the funk
    3) Small Stone -in conjunction with something else to fatten it or by itself for spacey trippy things.
    4) Big Muff Pi -for growl, buzz, loud obnoxious noises.
    Dunlop Crybaby (adj. White Model) -you all know what these do.

    DOD basstech -I use one effect on this for one song, because it sounds really insane and sort of like an Atari 2600 having a seizure.

    85% of the time I'm only using the tech21 stuff though.

    edit: should mention I use a dbx rack compressor for recording.

    edit2: I just got a boss ph3 that I use instead of the dod. It has a tap tempo.
  5. (bump)

    I'd think more people use effects in their rigs, come on post.
  6. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001
    The only effect I use right now is a Boss Flanger.

    Why: Eh... it was lying around the practice space, and no one else was using it.
    For What: To give my bass some contrast during sections of certain songs.
    When: Solos, intros, and the like.

    I used to use a volume, but it was a cheap piece of crap that screwed up my tone. When I get some more loot, I'm going to buy a better one, along with:
    A Lovetone Meatball (Gotta love the Envelope Filter)
    Some kind of distortion (Maybe a Precision Electronics Outbox?)
    T.C. Electronics Stereo Chorus/Flange (to replace the Boss, my guitarist wants it back.:D )
    Digitech Whammy
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I use a Boss ODB-3 Overdrive pedal sometimes during the guitarist's solos and during some of the choruses -- to give us a "fuller" sound (we don't have a rhythm guitarist).
  8. Aw scr3w 'em.. who needs stinkin' guitarists anyway ? :D
    • Boss ODB-3 - Fuzzy Distortion
    • Boss Flanger - Used with ODB-3 for jetplane effect
    • Boss Bass Chorus - Beautiful Fretless Highs
    • Ibanez Delay/Echo - Feedback and weird chirps
    • MXR Phase 90 - Spacey interludes
    • Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah - Either for a little funk or to make some weird sounds by linking it the wrong way with the odb-3
    • MoogerFooger Lowpass Filter - Strait out funk!
    • Boss Bass EQ - That smiley slap setting
  9. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I just have a KORG Bass Pandora and I hate it. All the effects have a fuzzy sound and its small and clumsy to use. The phrase trainer isnt that great either. Thank God I got it for Christmas; if I ever pay for something like this again I will shoot myself. :rolleyes:

    anyway, I think single effects are better. The EBS bass IQ ALONE costs more than the pandora!!! That must be one hell of an envelope filter!!! :D :D
  10. JOhnk


    Mar 31, 2001
    burlington, vt
    I use three.. accumulated in about a year's time.

    Boss Distortion DS1: Yeah, i know it's a guitar effect, but it gets the job done.

    Crybaby Bass Wah (GCB100): It Makes a wah noise. It gives me alot of control over treble and bass effects. Altogether, it sounds good.

    Ibanez Chorus/Flanger (CF7): I originally bought this for 6 string guitar, before i picked up the bass. I was back in the stage where I thought having effects makes you 10 times better and 10 times cooler... A couple weeks ago, i figured i'd try it out on bass, and I found a great effect that makes slapping extremely crisp and clear sounding... It's almost overwhelming how neat it sounds.

    That is the extent of my pedal collection. Yummy, no?
  11. ahpook


    Jul 13, 2001
    trace elliot smx dual band compressor - for um, compression.

    sansamp bass driver DI - cos it sounds fantastic.

    ibanez phat hed - a couple of songs where i need a really grindy sound.
  12. I've got a Boss LMB-3 right now, only pedal I own. There's an Ibanez PD7 on order, gets here soon. I want the compressor mainly to get rid of fret buzz and clean up the signal to the distortion. I'll probably invest in a Boss Chorus pedal in the new year, just to fill out my sound. I'll have anice setup. I want the OD because I love Godsmack/Raging Speedhorn/Sepultura type bass tone. It will be mine.

    Oh yes.
  13. Nails


    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    Boss ODB-3
    sound- for a dirty crunch, dirtier than a clean channel breaking up
    when- intros, outros, sections with just drums and bass, underneath guitar solos

    MXR Phase 90
    sound- slow and deep, it's a dirty pickup line in a orange box
    when- tear jerking ballads, spacey interludes

    Boos BF-2 Flanger
    sound- faster and shallower than the Phase 90
    when-used with Phase 90 to add variety to spacey interludes, alone to add some odd tones to higher parts

    Danelectro Dan-echo
    sound- delay, the repeats fall in between short and medium, but are closer to short delays
    when-final notes of rock songs, when used with the other three makes for great 3 or 4 note bass lines over single guitar chords during bridges and breaks.
  14. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Guyatone Digital Delay

    Very good delay pedal. Needed to fill in the spaces...our guitarist likes spacy verses(As do i).

    Chorus (Built into the head): Like i said, spacy stuff. makes your tone realy clear and uhh......pretty? yeah i guess so.

  15. sansamp BDDI: because it makes me rock.

    EH bassballs: use it VERY rarely, but it can be really cool for some stuff. with the distortion on, it's perfect for playing "california love." california, knows how to party...

    that's it.

    i do have the boss sd-1, cs-3, and ch-1 for guitar, but they don't work particularly well on bass.
  16. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i actually use

    hughes and kettner tubeman plus, the old rack version

    because it's a three channel tube preamp with a pedalboard that can let me use the three channels : clean, crunch and lead and let my bypass the unit.
    beacuse it raelly good to have a different clean sound and has great overdriven sound. i love crunch the best!

    boss octaver

    because i love this effect. i'd like to try a ebs octabass, but they are pricey and i haven't seen one in person...
  17. Boss BF-2 Flanger

    Why: It has a cool up-n-down crazy effect
    When: For a couple intros

    Boss CE-3 Chorus

    Why: It sounds really cool in stereo
    When: Almost all the time with just a little bit dialed in

    Boss DF-2 Super Distortion/Feedbacker

    Why: It distorts everything better than any other pedal I've come across
    When: For filling in space under a lead guitar line
  18. 6-stringer

    6-stringer Guest

    Feb 5, 2000
    Boss OC2- 2 octaves down for a sub-synth drumnbass tone

    Boss synth-for spacy synth sounds with long filter sweeps, sounds great with delay

    Akai intelliphase-Great sounding phaser, won't kill your tone or suck your low end at all.

    EH frequencey analizer-Noise Noise Noise, completely useless the musical respect. Good for running spacey sounding loops.

    Moogerfooger Filter-Pure funk, 2nd best env. Filter in production right now (in my opinion at least)

    Line 6 Delay-Loop machine And great delay unit. echoplex anyone?