What pedals do YOU use for ambient/muse-y music?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by namuxtree, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand
  2. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand
    seriously. i love delay.
  3. CptRevell


    Aug 15, 2011
    Delay, REVERB, lo-pass filters, volume swells, bass micro synth, and my Taurus 3. Results in my signature.

    Ambient I what I do on my own time - helps me get lost in music really. Good stress reliever. Doesn't do much for my hand technique though :)
  4. ibassforhim


    Mar 3, 2011
    The EHX POG2 lends itself to this very well. You can dial in several octaves, roll of the attack (slow attack) and use a low pass filter all in one pedal. It also has a detune effect for a more organ feel to it.

    I was running this in conjunction with delays and reverbs and it sounded amazing! Especially particle verb. I was using my line 6 m9 but I found i was getting some really weird feedback (almost like a clipping noise) that would infinitely loop in a regular fashion. If came to be known as the cricket noise. The only way to fix it was to unplug the power supply from the m9. My guess is the m9 was freaked out by the amount of octaves / signal coming into and once it layered that with delay and verbs it screws up.

    So I sold my m9 to a friend and now I use just the POG2 with a volume pedal. I may ad a delay or verb down the road but not anything m series.
  5. Su-su-su-subbed!

    Big fan of the ambient.

    From my feeble attempts, delay, verb and a looper/sampler are a necessity. It helps to have a volume pedal and modulation works depending on the song's mood.

    I think that's..... derp. Forgot to mention fuzz. OD/dist can work, but signal destruction lends itself well to ambient if you lowpass out the spiky bits.
  6. CptRevell


    Aug 15, 2011
    Forgot about fuzz. Lends a nice quality and sustain to stuff, especially if mixed right - and filtered down.

    I suppose there is more or less ambient, but typically I think of ambient as less about rhythm and more about tones/song structure. Anyone else have other thoughts?
  7. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    I use the following:

    Los of fuzz usually very saturated
    Roland RE-20 Space Echo FTW!
    Infanem Faye Sing
    Tech 21 Boost DLA set to a very smeared out BBD like delay

    Ohh and sub'd! ;)
  8. escaraBAJO


    Apr 24, 2000
    Also subbed
    Due to harware limitations my current attepts include long delays (long time and feedback) plus volume swells and a bit of fuzz or some synth. Can create cool bckground sounds with synth (keyboard) like sounds.
    Wanting a Pog2 badly though
  9. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Feeding other effects into a Strymon TimeLine delay(or by itself, so many awesome modes). That brings the Ambience.
  10. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness...

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
    POG2 > Multiwave Bass Distortion > volume pedal > Freeze > TC Electronic SCF > Modfactor's Undulator > Timefactor....ooof!

    If you kick in the Shimmer setting on the Blue Sky Reverb after a while, brings the whole thing up a few notches...
  11. I've noticed that synth/fuzz tones greatly benefit from a chorus effect. Mmmm...
  12. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    My experience in entertaining myself before the rest of the band shows up usually requires delay as a minimum. From there modulation and additional octave content either through a dedicated octave device, synth pedal, or even a fuzz will built on more interesting frequency ranges. But yeah, delay is essential.
  13. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Reverb + Delay. I'm hoping when I can finally get my hands on an M9 that I will be able to go mental with ambient stuff.
  14. dustinfennessey


    Sep 29, 2011
    i use flanger/chorus/delay (x2)/volume pedal/overdrive/etc...im an effects junkie...check out track 1 on Paradigm Collapse | Duluth, MN | Rock / Post Rock Noise / Psychedelic | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos | ReverbNation - i put a ton of ambience on that one (as well as the others)...you can do a lot more with bass than people think if you are game to take time and learn how to wrangle in effects...this can be almost as time consuming as actually practicing playing, but is worth it for the kind of stuff i'm into :)
  15. Gtripdub


    Jan 14, 2012
    volume pedal way huge aqua puss delay ..qtron..
  16. Ancient Tone

    Ancient Tone Guest

    Apr 19, 2012
    The 10th Planet.
    Sunmachine Fuzz O))) -> Custom Black Arts Toneworks Dual LSTR / OCD -> El Capistan -> Timeline -> Boss RV5

    Using the sound on sound setting on the el cap into different (usually pattern or brigadier for me) delays on the timeline yields some really wicked results, swell delay on the timeline is also really useful, shimmer and modulated reverbs are handy as well. I'd probably be into picking up some sort of octave pedal but with three guitar players in the band its kinda redundant.
  17. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    All of my solo material is ambient stuff. Unlike the rest of you I rarely use fuzz but I have it handy in case I get the urge. Fretless plus ebow is a match made in heaven for ambient stuff. I've been getting good results out using a violin bow for ambient sounds as well. Its a bit tricky and messy but the results are great. Signal chain goes like this usually: digitech xp-100>eb volume>Russian big muff>sansamp bddi>digitech phaser>line 6 space chorus>ehx stereo memory man w/hazarai>digitech digiverb. I often use vst plug ins on my daw for recording.
  18. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
  19. I agree with that. I think ambient has some similarity to post-rock in that both have an emphasis on sonic textures and soundscapes. I've found ambient typically keeps everything at a certain level of intensity as well; some of it does use a lot of builds and crescendo too though.