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What's a good dubby..fat..thick...pedal for me?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mmbongo, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Need some advice as I'm not sure exactly what I want.

    I think I'm at a crossroads with my Octave pedal. I've had Octave pedals since the first day I've had pedals, yet I've never been happy with using them.

    I use my Octave pedal on songs like Billie Jean or Purple Rain to give a fat, somewhat synthy sound. Purple Rain is always a chore because of the long sustained notes. The Octave just drops out. I go back and listen to our recordings and those sounds just sound like crap to me.

    I think I'd be better off just getting a different pedal more suited for that sound, something that strips highs and boosts lows I guess. Heck I don't know. What would be good for those songs? Something that does not rely on tracking.

    Something smallish with top jacks is a huge plus :)
  2. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    An EQ pedal?
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Seems too simple :) I thought about that though. Seems like I would want to add..something..to the sound though for those sounds. The Octave pedal added the girth but also another layer of sound from the original signal. I just don't know exactly what I want, as I'm not sure what all is out there!
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Maybe I should ask this...if you cover songs like this and do something special to your tone for them, what do you do?
  5. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    I have an eleca black hurricane- straight copy of ehx octave multiplexor- its wet signal is compressed just a touch and the low octave then sustains a noticable bit longer than the dry note. My stock eb-3's notes sustain half as long as my lq ba II loaded jazz. Maybe try some different basses through your rig?
  6. theguy155


    May 31, 2009
    ive got a b2 zoom pedal, its an all in one and works incredibly well

    check it out


    i like to play really dubby stuff too and its got some great settings for that

    no real eq though
  7. theguy155


    May 31, 2009
    the other pedal i would consider would be the bass pedals that source audio makes

    they make some sick ****
  8. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Low pass filter... like this one will get you into the thick dub zone. In fact it's an essential component for my dub work.

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  9. falconspatriots

    falconspatriots Oh Word

    May 3, 2011
    Either a Filter or a EQ works for me. The B7K takes my sound from flat to FAT with the Blend and Drive barely turned up. If you don't want any drive at all the Empress Para EQ is AMAZING. As far as filters go, there are many great filters to choose from. I'm looking into the Wonderlove or Manta right now but the choices are endless!!

    If you'd like to replace your Octave pedal, I think the hands down winner right now is the Subterranea. When the Pitch Bay comes out we might have to reevaluate...
  10. silence.speaks

    silence.speaks Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Colorado Springs
    Aphex Xciter Big Bottom, the old style has jacks on the top.
  11. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Have you tried the micro POG? It tracks and sustains perfectly. It doesn't have the synthy quality of an analog octave so it's a little bland on its own but with a little filter and/or dirt, chorus, etc it's pretty cool.
  12. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Feeding a fuzz into a Whammy will come up with some cool sounds that seem to hang around.

    Not sure this is what you want but....
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I have, but I thought about getting another one as I didn't like the sound of it but never tried it with other pedals. It goes completely against my 'small pedal with top jacks' preference though.
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    This one sounds interesting (Xerograph) Does it add anything or is it just a crossover? I'll be researching it.
  15. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    DOD FX25 will get you there for cheap. No top jacks though.
  16. M Sterling

    M Sterling Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Xerograph all the way. I've never heard anything get as fat as that pedal can.
  17. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    All I've ever done when I needed to get a tone like that for just a song or two is to turn up the bass a little (if it's an active bass) and play closer to the neck. I know that's not nearly as much fun as a pedal, but it's always gotten the job done for me. Short of that, it seems to me that the EQ pedal idea is the way to go.
  18. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    I cover both of those songs from time to time and never add anything, but I see what you are saying with the sustain thing. I would think a LPF or anything with an envelope would "time out" on the sustained notes much like the problem you are having with the octave pedal. This doesn't fit your form factor, but the Zoom MS-60b would have the tools for you. Lots of different options and combinations to piece together a sound that works to your taste. The octave options are solid, and you can add on various EQs or filter effects to give some character.
  19. M Sterling

    M Sterling Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    A static LPF does not have an envelope and has as much sustain as your bass would normally.
  20. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL

    Or an EQ pedal. Bump 50 hz and below generously, cut the highs, and you are there.

    And obviously all this depends on your amp . . . don't expect any dub from a 12" combo amp. . . ;)

    Last dub band I saw, the bass player had a Gibson SG bass strung with flats, and he had two 18" cabs going. Made me smile.