distortion/ overdrive pedals

Effects pedals or devices to alter the sound of your bass
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distortion/ overdrive pedals

Post by definite » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:09 pm

suggestions for an overdrive/ distortion pedal?

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Post by Dan » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:44 pm

Maybe a bit more information would help......what style music you'd use it for, rough idea of sound (compared to a band/artist etc).

But myself, I couldn't tell you bugger all about overdrive/distortion pedals :wink:

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Post by foal30 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:05 pm

try Bass Player magazine
December 2006 for a round-up of different units.

I have tried and like Boss ODB -3
It's not a balls out unit, but this not what I was looking for.

the Dod Grunge box was as bad as it's name. a hideous racket, a struggled to find useable or tasteful sounds.

I've someone else play the GK Diesel Dawg and not really dig it, I use an Ashdown rig and would like to try out their range and I also would like very much to pile into the EBS range. Only heard good things about their stuff.

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Post by definite » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:48 am

DanAntunovich wrote:Maybe a bit more information would help......what style music you'd use it for, rough idea of sound (compared to a band/artist etc).

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the sound tim comerford (RATM) makes when he steps on the gas and winds it up a few thousand notches! i once had a DOD and yeah it was crap - just didnt sound genuine, more of a simulation of overdrive/ distortion...

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Post by timi » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:01 am

I'm glad no one has said Sansamp yet..... :oops:

Tubescreamer:
Sounds great, but cuts your low end. You can boost it back up on your amp though, unless you like to switch between clean and overdrive.
There are some modded versions around like the Keeley stuff, or Fulltone make the Bass Drive (which I am selling btw) that dont have the bass cut problem.

Proco Rat:
A bit more in your face sounding, seems to work with 2 pickup basses (Jazz, Ric) but not so good with single pickup (P bass). The treble can make these pedals get out of hand easily.

Boss DS1:
Even on minimum gain its compressing quite a lot, worth a try though.

Boss ODB3:
Like the DS1, minimum gain is still full on, but you can blend in some clean too. This pedal just about always sounds scoopy and aggressive, and only seems to work with 2 pickup basses.

Big Muff:
Only for over the top stuff really.

Marshall Guv'nor
I believe that Tim from RATM used one of these for the early stuff. Theres an original and a modern version.

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Post by BrendonM » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:43 pm

Yeah Tim from RATM - wicked use of distortion in 'Know your enemy'. I love playing that, and it goes off. I have made a preset for a similar distorted tone using my cheap ass Zoom 506II. It's not perfect but it is effective.

I have created a heavy distortion tone for some S.O.A.D tracks, aswell as some Cliff Burton stuff I like playing i.e. 'Anesthesia - Pulling Teeth'. We are going four piece so will probably play a clean sound now in the S.O.A.D stuff...

I also have a slighter distortion effect for the likes of Marilyn Manson.
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Post by definite » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:32 am

thanks for all the advice! i actually have a Boss DS1 but have been reluctant to use a gat pedal assuming it just won't handle and maintain the low end (as its not designed to cope with them) ??? :?:

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Post by timi » Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:09 pm

On the DS1, as long as you keep the tone knob below halfway, it will keep the low end just fine.

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Post by definite » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:56 pm

timi wrote:On the DS1, as long as you keep the tone knob below halfway, it will keep the low end just fine.
AWESOME, thanx

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Post by definite » Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:30 pm

timi wrote:On the DS1, as long as you keep the tone knob below halfway, it will keep the low end just fine.
tried the DS-1 on bass - wasn't very good IMO. extreme compression and distortion even with the distortion set at minimum. had to crank the level knob to the max to get the level on par with the dry signal (even then it was noticeably quieter.

i think i'll invest in the Boss ODB!

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Post by timi » Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:47 pm

definite wrote:
timi wrote:On the DS1, as long as you keep the tone knob below halfway, it will keep the low end just fine.
tried the DS-1 on bass - wasn't very good IMO. extreme compression and distortion even with the distortion set at minimum. had to crank the level knob to the max to get the level on par with the dry signal (even then it was noticeably quieter.

i think i'll invest in the Boss ODB!
What kind of bass were you using?
Keep in mind that my advice is from experience with passive basses only.

If you didn't like the DS-1, you won't like the ODB-3.

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Post by foal30 » Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:01 pm

give it up Timi, he's read my review.

If you buy one D. I'm hitting those mothers up at Roland for a slice.

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Post by timi » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:38 am

Oh well, just make sure you buy it second hand so that you won't lose money if you don't like it.

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Post by foal30 » Sat May 19, 2007 10:16 am

yet to hear back from D...
good or bad sign ,you reckon?

Now, SansAmpTech21 (?)

this week I heard a very fine Upright Bass Player (in fact all round Musical supremo) use one of these units.
His right hand articulation was phenomenal, could really hear the nuance in what finger(s) where, attack, "roundness" etc.Never topped out, just warm and tasteful.

I was surprised, I was thinking I would hear heaps of annoying tops,but again I think it can show just how much A Good Player uses Gear and a Great Player makes His/Her Sound.

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Re: distortion/ overdrive pedals

Post by DV6 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:18 pm

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