What pedals to get?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by iwearpumas, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. iwearpumas


    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    I just bought a TC Electronics Corona Chorus pedal. So far, I like it. I was a couple more pedals. I don't want a bunch, maybe two more. What other kind of pedals do you guys recommend, being that I already have a chorus. I play Gospel music in church.
  2. icecycle66


    Feb 4, 2009
    Reverb or a delay that can go from reverb length to long delay times.

    And as always, distortion. I love distortion. Can' tget enough of it. Although it may not be suitable for the gospel groove.
  3. I love my boss DD-3. From subtle reverb style delay to a decent long delay. I haven't really messed with chorus, but flangers are really yummy sounding

    EQ pedal is something I'll never go without. It's great for dialing out boominess and boosting your mids. The MXR 10 band eq is what I'm GASing for to replace my boss GEB7.

    And of course a tuner pedal.
  4. I say envelope filter and maybe an octave down pedal for synthy fatness.
  5. bludog


    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    If you're playing gospel in church I'm not sure you want and OD, distortion or fuzz (although you might, I dunno).

    If I were you, playing that music, in that setting, I'd probably be looking for a good compressor. There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to compression. I wouldn't use it for limiting, instead I'd use it to tighten up the lows and low-mids. Makes it sit in the mix really nicely and will often emphasize the attack a bit followed by a little blooming effect. It sounds particularly good in R&B, Soul and Gospel type music.

    For more info visit this site: www.ovnilabs.com

    This is the gospel (pardon the pun) of compressor info. Start at the FAQ and then use the reviews. Toughest thing about finding a comp is that a bad one may turn you off from them completely. Plus, finding the right one for you and your bass can often be a quest but once you find it you'll never look back.

    PS- to dispel a common misconception... it's not really for correcting poor technique - you read this a lot. It's more of an effect that can enhance your sound. Think of the recorded bass tracks from those old Soul/R&B recordings, just about all of them are compressed. For that matter, most recorded bass tracks today are compressed in post.

    Best of luck - hope you find what you're looking for!
  6. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    YES and YES

    Any good octaver (Aguilar, EBS, MXR)
    Electro Harmonix Bassballs Nano filter

    Sick combo!
  7. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    Tuner, compressor, octaver.
  8. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    OP - you're on a long slippery slope into GAS land!

    My suggestion is find a multi effects unit & see which effects you like - then buy each pedal individually or just keep the multi effects unit.
  9. +1, "Get a good multi" is the advice I always give people that are new to effects when they ask me about effects personally. I've been pretty impressed with the Zoom B3 that I picked up on a whim for my birthday, and I'm pretty fortunate to have a couple nice single-effect boards. The B3 does a LOT for the price and it sounds quite good.

    That said, one of my bands is an urban gospel outfit, the other is a funk cover band (Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, etc) and this is my main board... Polytune Mini > Fuzzrocious Dark Driving > Aguilar Octamizer > 3Leaf Proton V2 > 3Leaf PWNZOR > Iron Ether Polytope (I use the detune mode for my chorus with my fretless) > Darkglass B7K.


  10. 12SB


    Apr 1, 2013
    Long Island, NY
    I play in a pop/ alt rock original band, and also gig cover tunes regularly ( mostly same genres, with some funky blues thrown in ) and here is my board:


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    signal goes tuner>filter>compressor>octave>overdrive>amp

    I have them all set on the subtle side, and use sparingly ( although the compressor is on pretty frequently- gives a nice bottom end and smoothness to my tone ). I think a compressor might be a good place to start, followed maybe by a filter or octave. I love the overdrive when I'm messing around, but it is used the least on gigs. Its really up to you. Maybe find out what some of your favorite players are using for some inspiration.
  11. iwearpumas


    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    I definitely need to check out Aguilar pedals.
  12. +1, same philosophy here. It's easy to go overboard, IMO. My compressor is always on as is the B7K, which I use as a clean preamp and dial in just a little grit when necessary.


    P.S. The octave knob on my Aguilar got turned when I took it out of the bag. I normally have it around 9:00-10:00
  13. Agree with the compressor suggestion and agree that reading Bongo's reviews on onvnilab is an excellent source. You'll probably want to pick one that Bongo indicates is quite transparent so your bass sounds like your bass but the peaks and valleys of playing are smoothed.
    I'm still getting used to mine as I'm happy 95% of the time and then notice I'm missing something in a song or two.
  14. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things.

    Feb 6, 2007
    Brockton, MA
    Compressor, Tuner, Octave, EQ/DI if needed, and maybe a boost/overdrive
  15. I use a sansamp but want to know should I also use a compressor. Also, which octave pedal would work well with the sansamp?
  16. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
  17. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Playing that sort of music, I think an octave pedal would be one of my first choices.