#1
Okay, so I was thinking of adding some effects to my playing wich is on a average level..
The thing is I don't really know that much about effects and pedals so every help I can get would be nice.
Thanks!!
#2
It depends what kinda music you're into. If you're into old school metallica, you might like a Russian Big Muff, or maybe all you want is a compresser.
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#3
What kind of music do you play? If you play metal then something like a big muff would be really helpful, but if you play psychedelic funk an envelope filter or wah pedal would be an advantage
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Like everyone else is saying, it really depends on your style of play. However, I'll give you a general list of useful effects any bassist should have in their arsenal.

-Compressor (Really useful if you're a finger player, it basically rounds out and levels your sound by cutting volume when it gets to high and boosting lower volumes)

-Distortion (A highly recommended one is the Russian Big Muff, though some also use a Boss)

-Wah-wah pedal (Great for funk/jazz/fusion/all around solo-ing, it varies your pitch by adjusting the frequency up and down)

-Noise Gate (Some use this in conjunction with distortion, it basically cuts any undesireable low sounds, such as amp hiss or ringing)

-Equalizer (If your bass amp doesn't already have an EQ, or you're looking to be able to swap EQ's on the fly, I recommend a graphic EQ pedal)

-Delay (Another frill pedal, this basically uses a time effect to double back what you're playing, in essence, an echo)

-Chorus (If you're looking to add REALLY fat tone to your bass, a chorus is the ticket. Basically, a chorus doubles back your sound instantly, making it sound thicker and in stereo)

Anything else you're curious about, please don't hesitiate to ask.
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If you're going for distortion definitely get the Russian Big Muff. It really delivers the lows. While I don't actually own one (but am definitely getting one) I've heard it play and it's really awesome.
#6
actually i tried the big muff and i thought it sounded like crap. however i then tried the metal muff and that's what i use now
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-Wah-wah pedal (Great for funk/jazz/fusion/all around solo-ing, it varies your pitch by adjusting the frequency up and down)


Wah pedals do not vary your pitch, they simply act as a peak-response sweep filter They are essentially the same as a passive tone control on a bass, but with far more range on the pot (in fact you can buy tone pots for basses that have a wah pedal-like range that simulate the effect quite well).
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actually i tried the big muff and i thought it sounded like crap.



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#11
Sorry to steal the thread but I was looking at some of the big muffs when i heard Cliff Burton used them. I wanted to know which of these was better:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ElectroHarmonix-Big-Muff-Pi-DistortionSustainer-Pedal?sku=153300

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ElectroHarmonix-USA-Big-Muff-Pi-DistortionSustainer-Pedal?sku=153314

I naturally assumed the USA pedal was better because it was more expensive, but I've seen more people with the other one. Which should I buy?
#12
Russian Muff is better for bass in my opinion, it doesn't cut the bass frequencies as much as the U.S. version.
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#13
both are pretty weak though in my opinion for bass and i'm a strong advocate fo the metal muff
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^ Ruski Big muffs are supposed to give a more "brutal" sound for bass I think. But the one Cliff used was one of the old Ruski ones not like the ones in the links you posted, it was made from tank parts I think.
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flangers too

it mixes the signal in twice, making the sound sweep up and down

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#16
All I can say is that if you want a distortion pedal, get the Ibanez PD7. Its only $50 and its as good as the Big Muff with better lows since its made for bass.
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Wah pedals do not vary your pitch, they simply act as a peak-response sweep filter They are essentially the same as a passive tone control on a bass, but with far more range on the pot (in fact you can buy tone pots for basses that have a wah pedal-like range that simulate the effect quite well).


Oops, that's what I meant. I was half asleep when I wrote that, thanks for clearing that up.
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#18
i use reverb and chorus alot. occasionaly distortion and phase........i use the boss me50b

but its essential to get a compressor.
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am i the only one who doesn't like compressors? i like dynamics in my playing.
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Compressors can still give you plenty of dynamics, just don't compress your signal 100%.

And when you're playing live, believe me, compressors are a godsend.
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#21
Compressors are cool, but not something I NEED.

Really, I just want a compressor to give a nice boosting sound for clear tapping. My favorite was the 4-knob Robert Keeley Compressor. On my 'try' list still lies the EBS Multi-Comp.
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#22
I play alot of different kinds of styles..
To name a few:

Hard Rock
Soft metal
Metal
Nu-Metal (some)

Also since I have no experience with pedals.. How can you connect several pedals??
Thanks for the help
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I play alot of different kinds of styles..
To name a few:

Hard Rock
Soft metal
Metal
Nu-Metal (some)

Also since I have no experience with pedals.. How can you connect several pedals??
Thanks for the help


Chain'em. Basically, you just connect one to the other, to the other, and so on.
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You can also get a multi-effect
These are lots of effect put into one box.
They are not quite as cool as having lots of smaller pedals, concidering that the individual effects are usually quite limited.... But it is still handy! Good if you have no experience in effects, so you can get a simple idea of what you want.
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You can also get a multi-effect
These are lots of effect put into one box.
They are not quite as cool as having lots of smaller pedals, concidering that the individual effects are usually quite limited.... But it is still handy! Good if you have no experience in effects, so you can get a simple idea of what you want.

Yep that's a good point. Multi- FX are useful for experimenting with your tone, then you can specialise, for example in a distortion pedal. So then you will be looking at Boss, Russian/Am. Big Muff.
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Yep that's a good point. Multi- FX are useful for experimenting with your tone, then you can specialise, for example in a distortion pedal. So then you will be looking at Boss, Russian/Am. Big Muff.



What about Boss/Roland multi-effect pedals?
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What about Boss/Roland multi-effect pedals?


I think MultiFX pedals are alright, but to be brutally honest, I wouldn't recommend them.

Reasons? Well, there are benefits to a multifx pedal, such as access to tons of sounds and effects, and most pedals allow you to mix them and make your own. However, it takes a little know how to get to the desired sound you want, and when you want to access it, you either gotta push a couple buttons or flip through presets. Doing that live, in front of an audience, could be extremely difficult.

Hypothetical situation: You're on preset 1 on your multifx pedal, and playing through the middle of the chorus. The preset you want to get to for the bridge is on preset 14, and you can't stop playing to push the pedal the correct number of times.

With spearate pedals, you can get this: You're playing through the chorus with your assortment of pedals. The bridge is coming up, and you need a distorted wah to go with the break. Push your distortion, punch the wah pedal, and go on without stopping.

Of course, this is a generalized situation, but very real. I'd recommend several pedals hooked up together, because each pedal does its own job very well and they can be mixed much quicker than a multifx pedal does.
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^ Whell higher end multi effects have presents where you can turn off or on different effects, or set different presents to different buttons for rapid selection.

There is one good thing about multi effects though that beats single effects. Multi effects with an expression pedal can get some REALLY friggen cool sounds on em! Like a NIN-esque octave up with PLENTY of artifacts! Or a gain pedal for distortion.

Yup, this complicates things hu OP? You have a guitar center around there or something? Often large music stores have show effect modles for testing ll ligned up in a row. And what I would suggest you do is jsut try out both. See what you like more!

And rememeber you dont' have to go strictly with one or the other! you can get a multi effect and then put some single effects before or after it!
#30
In my experience multi-effect pedals don't give you as good of a tone as a single effect would give you. However, it may be smart to buy a multi-effect just to get a basic idea of what single effects you might want.
#31
I got a Zoom B2 multi- FX and I do like SOME of the tones on it, such as the distortion, but it annoys me that its difficult to get back to your normal bass tone, just through the amp. So generally I have to unplug it for the next song in band prac, etc.

I'm thinking about getting the Metal Muff, and then I will be able to just push the pedal, and the effect is gone
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#32
I Like the GLX BOD-1 (bass overdrive) because when I want a distorted tone it's just awesome, it's almost as good as a boss pedal. The problem is getting the sound right. I always have trouble with my tone, because it just tends to mix with the guitar and all you get is mud coming out of the amps. You gotta learn to only distort it that TINY bit.
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