Bass Effects

Bass effects are a great way to enhance, alter, distort, model, beef up or just experiment with your tone. There are several excellent bass effects available. While most effects work best when used subtlety, some can be applied heavily with very cool results. I prefer using effects designed specifically for bass, as they tend to preserve the low end better.

Below are a selection of effects that I have used and highly recommend.

Distortion / Overdrive

Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

  • On/Off switch controls for Volume and Tone
  • Sustain Dual outputs, Mini Switch for Bass Boost
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • Runs on 9 volt battery or optional AC Adapter (sold separately).


Electro-Harmonix Nano Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

  • Tailor your drive/distortion sound with Sustain, Tone and Volume knobs
  • Features a Dry switch that mixes your dry bass, at unity level with Big Muff's distortion
  • True bypass for maximum signal path integrity
  • Road worthy die-cast chassis
  • 9 Volt battery included. Optional EHX 9.6DC-200 AC adaptor available


Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI

  • 100% analog
  • For stage and studio applications
  • 3 outputs to drive power amps, recording desks, PA mixers.
  • Active EQ controls specifically tuned for bass, cut or boost 12dB.
  • Blend control to combine the proportion of direct signal and SansAmp circuitry


Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass DI

  • 100% analog circuitry
  • For stage and studio applications.
  • Powerful bass DI with multiple outputs
  • 6 level, tone and drive-shaping controls with classic and modern bass tones
  • All-metal chassis is extremely rugged and dependable


Tech 21 Character Series VT Bass V2 Bass Effect Pedal

  • Genuine 100% analog SansAmp technology
  • Can be used as a stand alone pre-amp or stomp-box
  • On-board cabinet emulation with classic and modern bass tones

 Compressors / Limiters

M87 MXR Bass Compressor

  • Constant Headroom Technology for clear, clean performance
  • True bypass
  • Gain-reduction status LEDs

Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer Pedal

  • Expressive response to picking and plucking
  • Boost can be changed from one knob
  • Versatile tone, easy to operate, and low noise
  • Durable Boss metal construction


EBS Multi Comp Dual Band Bass Compressor Pedal

  • True dual band compression
  • 3 mode settings
  • True ByPass
  • Durable construction


Electro-Harmonix Black Finger Tube Compression Pedal

  • 2 different light sources (LED and Lamp)
  • Uniquely varied compressionsDual-tube compression circuits
  • 2 vacuum tubes create vintage warm compression
  • Full 300 volts of swing
  • Preserves the attack while providing the warmest compression imaginable


Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

  • Threshold control: variable from -30 to -10 dBu
  • Slope control: variable from 2:1 to infinity
  • Attack control: variable from 10ms to 100ms
  • Low Distortion: (<0.2 %)
  • Power: Nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply


Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus Pedal

  • Low filter lets lowest frequencies through unaffected
  • Controls for level, low filter, rate, and depth
  • LEDs show status of controls


Tech 21 CHR-B Boost Chorus Bass Effect Pedal

  • 100% analog circuitry
  • Mix, Tone and Level controls for warm, organic sounds
  • Mix control ranges from 100% dry to 100% wet
  • Speed and Depth work in conjunction to control their respective functions of the modulation


Dunlop M83 MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe

  • Analog bucket-brigade technology
  • Separate Bass and Treble controls
  • Flanger and X-Over for added tonal flexibility


Digitech XBC Bass Multi-Voice Chorus with up to 16 Voices

  • Speed - varies the rate that the chorus sweeps up and down
  • Depth - controls the range or how wide the chorus sweeps up and down
  • Voice - lets you morph from 1 up to 16 chorus voices.
  • Voice randomization is built-in and automatically increases as you add voices

Octave Dividers

EBS OctaBass Triple Mode Bass Octave Divider

  • Octave effect pedal for bass
  • High, mid and low range settings
  • True ByPass mode
  • Durable construction


Aguilar Octamizer Bass Octave Effect Pedal

  • Proprietary detector circuit for superior tracking
  • Dual Filter Architecture: Full Spectrum Tilt EQ for Clean sound
  • Continuously variable multi-pole low-pass Filter for Octave sound
  • Powered by one nine volt battery or optional universal power supply
  • Heavy Duty steel construction

Envelope Filters

MXR Bass Envelope Filter Effect Pedal

  • Bypass footswitch
  • LED Dry control FX
  • Decay control
  • Sensitivity control


Electro-Harmonix BassBalls (Nano) Envelope/Distortion Pedal

  • Twin envelope filter
  • Full range of the bass guitar's strongest harmonics
  • True bypass mode
  • Tough & compact die-cast chassis
  • 9-volt battery included


Zoom B2.1U Bass Effects Pedal with USB

  • Effect Types: 47
  • Effect Modules: 9
  • Maximum Simultaneous Effects: 9
  • Patch Memory: User 40+ Preset 40 Total 80
  • Sampling Frequency: 96kHz

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