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What pedals do you use that help you dial in your sound?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Rojd, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Rojd

    Rojd Supporting Member

    May 29, 2018
    Rocky Mountains
    For me, the pedals that I'm always using that have really helped me dial in my sound are:

    SansAmp Bass Driver DI
    EHX Bass Preacher Compressor
    Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer
    Wampler Low Blow Overdrive/Distortion
    Wampler db+ Booster/Buffer

    Little Mark 250 Blackline - not a pedal of course, but it's a big part of my sound

    All going into my Rumble 115 cab

    I have a bunch of other pedals that I like to experiment & have fun with, but the above are the core for me.

    EDIT: Using the Low Blow frequently, but not all the time. The SansAmp BDDI is always on, db+ always on. I switch between the Bass Preacher Compressor & LMB-3, one of them is always on.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
  2. Robertron


    Feb 12, 2010
    NewYork, NY
    FEA DB-CL, Way Huge Porkloin to simulate very light clipping, and Source Audio Aftershock on any given preset, are my base tone.
  3. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    TC Forecefield Compressor into Way Hyge Green Rhino overdrive (very light overdrive), into VT Bass DI (always on),

    I use either the compressor for my clean sound, turn off the compressor and on the overdrive for a mid boost with a little bit of overdrive (no OD if a play light and a bit of OD if i dig in) ans both comp and OD on if I want the overdrive to be prominent. All my needs are covered, ans I use my computer (between OD and DI) for effects when needed (mainly chorus, enveloppe filter, octaves and delay).
  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    If I had to choose just one or two "core" pedals, I'd go with either:

    1. Broughton HPF and Fairfield Modele B (if I have 9v power)


    2. ZenZero One Knob Pony (if I have to run on battery power)
  5. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    Basically a Sansamp Bass Driver Deluxe for my metal band.
  6. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Tronographic Rusty Box
    Damnation Audio MBD-1
    Nunez Amps Annex
    Hlud Sonic Black Mass
  7. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    A compressor, either a TC SpectraComp or the M-Comp model in the Zoom Ms-60B. Octaves, dirt, filters and modulations are fun options to have.
  8. Wampler Tumnus OD
    Broughton HPF/LPF
    Wampler Ego compressor
  9. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Two pedalboards:

    1) Pike Vulcan and a Q strip are the core sound, other stuff is spices.

    2) Wampler Pantheon and a Q strip is the core sound, space for one spice pedal that varies.
  10. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    Most of this stuff for me 3ED3EF10-AB57-40DE-959B-3DA1AB4E3C92.
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  11. symbolic_acts


    May 24, 2004
    darkglass hyper luminal with the BUS mode into my genzler with a very small low mid bump (mids at like 1230-1, mid frequency at 9, whatever freq that is on the genzler lol) and mid shelf contour at 11 is the main tone, everything else is just extra.
  12. Currently always-on is just a Polycomp and (for rock) Darkglass B3K.

    EDIT: Although my MDB-1 just shipped and although I have high hopes for it, I imagine it will be for a more ferocious, not always-on sound.
  13. Dynomuttasaurus


    Jul 23, 2016
    Electro Harmonix Bass Preacher - always on
    Joyo Wow Wah
    Joyo Husky Drive
    Joyo Tai Chi

    F X loop

    Donner Boost Killer
    Darkglass b7k - always on

    Hartke LH500
    Hartke XL210 & XL410

    Inexpensive hard rock rig
  14. I define most of my sound by this chain. ..
    G&L L2000 - EBS Billy Sheehan Deluxe Overdrive - MXR M108 - Omnicabsim Dlx
    The tone of the L2000 is unique and the basis for my sound, then I use the EBS as both a preamp and overdrive (it does have its own "voice" when switched on). 10 band to fine tune then the OCSD to hit the FOH with the cab sound I want.
    The chorus is literally only for effect here and there, and the M80 is more for a slightly scooped\overdriven metal tone....think of Bill Gould's tone on Epic....but these aren't on all the time as the others are.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018
  15. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    None....only use them if needed for a particular cover song.

    4003s or Jazz into a Mesa d800 and a pair of 1x15's. Perfect tone. At least for me.
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  16. Janforth

    Janforth Father of Chritobin Madden Challenge 19 Champion Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    I use an ISP Beta Bass Preamp pedal BetaBass-large.
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  17. I am in love with the solidgoldfx beta. Especially the LM308. I find myself using it even on stuff that doesn't call for overdrive because I don't want to turn it off.
  18. EBS Billy Sheehan signature drive, use it all the time. I like it. I always leave the Clean knob at 2 o'clock and adjust the Drive anywhere between 9 to 2 o'clock.
    jcburn likes this.
  19. CPplaysBASS


    Mar 17, 2007
    Diamond Bass Compressor ... more for the tilt EQ knob (nice hi-mids to cut through) than the compression knob .
    joker820 likes this.
  20. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Line6 Helix

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