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Bass Fx Pedals In The Real World - Which Ones Do You End Up Leaving At Home?

Discussion in 'Maddrakkett's Caffe' started by DiMarco, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. DiMarco

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    Guilty. I confess. I love pedals. I know bassists who bring pedals to the stage get frowned upon. I do not care. I puzzle with my dozens of pedals at home in the mancave looking for kickass tones...

    But then there's the real world. I play rock in a rock band. No metal, no wave, no pop nor jazz, funk, reggae or whatever you can think of. I play rock. Period.

    Over the course of the last 5 years or so my pedalboard has seen many many incarnations and while I was having fun adding some outlandish stuff to the mix, I often was the only person in the band enjoying it.

    So here's what it comes down to. What I really need, and the only things I really need besides a tuner are:

    1. A really good compressor that will anchor my bass playing in the mix, making the total band sound blend better then without a compressor. In my opinion no bassist should ever leave home without one.

    2. A pre-amp that gives me tube warmth and a good EQ to make up for all those cheap old quirky and often partly broken in-house bass rigs I get the joy of playing through (why do they always have those honky eighties Peavy combo's??? I really hate those!)

    3. The most tricky part: A good organic and filthy sounding dirt pedal which can blend in a hint of the clean signal.
    Nothing more, nothing less.

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    So here's my tiny board I actually use with the band. Those who know me might be aware I own a lot of other pedals, some boutique, some of the more standard stuff. But this is all I really need.

    I put the compressor up front because it is buffered and reinforces the signal coming from my bass. I also use it to raise the volume of my signal around 5-6 decibels so the dirtbox sounds bigger with less dramatic settings. This particular FET based compressor (based on the Urei 1176) has a high pass filter and a blend function so it won't squash my low B string too much when I dial in active lows on my Warwick or Zon.

    The dirtbox (Royal Jelly) allows me to use two different blends between overdrive and fuzz, and also allows me to filter out the fizzy treble when needed. This gives me four tastes of dirt in one pedal which I can easily switch between. I guess the dirt department is covered.

    Then there's the pre. Kicking in Le Bass is a difference between day and night. Everything sounds bigger, stronger, warmer and more ballsy with it. It also has an overdrive channel which I use for very mild driven tone in an always on kinda fashion at some occasions to get more grip in the mix.

    All the rest, I should and will leave at home.

    How about you guys, which pedals do you actually really use?
     
    Nachobassman and Hardy like this.
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