Why Use Drive On Bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by IvanBassist, Mar 3, 2020.


  1. IvanBassist

    IvanBassist

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, G&L
    Hey everyone,
    I recently made these 2 videos about drive/saturation on bass guitar and I'm curious about your thoughts and experiences with the topic. Let's have a discussion :)

    Part 1


    Part 2
     
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  2. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Is there any answer past “because it sounds badass”?
     
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  3. IvanBassist

    IvanBassist

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, G&L
    I wholeheartedly agree with that statement :D
     
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    /thread
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wow, first time I ever did a /thread where people actually listened :D
     
  6. RoketRdr

    RoketRdr

    Nov 7, 2019
    Houston
    Nuff said. :D
     
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  7. IvanBassist

    IvanBassist

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, G&L
    Hahahaha :D
     
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  8. Yep, my post was pretty much going to be “what jimmy said”
     
  9. Likewise.
     
  10. ZachM

    ZachM

    Nov 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I’m not really doing this at the moment since I got a Fairfield Accountant, but in the past I’ve frequently used a light overdrive as a second compression stage, after an actual compressor set for peak limiting. Works really well as you get fine control over the overdrive input volume, and you get a little hair on the signal which just helps things settle in a bit.
     
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  11. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    And you had to ruin it....
     
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  12. IvanBassist

    IvanBassist

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Endorsing Artist: Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, G&L
    Absolutely! That works great when taming slap notes, too, if you don't necessarily want to use a compressor or don't have room on your board for one.
    That method is done pretty often on snare drums to limit its transients
     
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