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Buyer's Guide: Bass Overdrive Pedal

Bass Overdrive Pedal Tips

Bass Overdrive Pedalboards are designed to give the illusion of the musician's finger picking up the instrument. The effect is the same as tapping two different strings simultaneously, but without the tapping action of the fingers. Overdrive pedals combine a touch of overdriven sound with slapback distortion for a custom sound effect that many musicians like to bring out on their recordings. Bass Overdrive Pedalboards can be found in many small boutique record stores or you can even find them on line.

Bass Overdrive Pedalboards are the answer if you're looking for a versatile, high output, overdriven tone. They are great for lead playing or rhythm guitar. Overdrive is the electronic version of a dirty signal that is characterized by an "articulate" sound effect, one which comes from the guitar's pickups, the overdrive amplifier, and the speaker system. Simply put, it's the characteristic squealing or buzz created by the pickup's magnetizing field. Overdrive amps add a natural Tube Drive tone to the sound produced by the instrument. Most professional bass players tend to add some subtle overdrive tone to their bass overdrive pedals, usually in the form of a touch-tone, so that they have a bit of overdrive blended into the sound mix without making the tone too dark or distorted.

A tube amp typically has a solid state control circuit which enables the user to control the amount of power delivered to the speaker. Tube amps are often used for both Lead and Rhythm. In most cases, a tube overdrive pedal will also have a power control added as well as a tone control. The tone control knobs are typically found on the front panel, while the control switch is typically located on the back of the unit. The advantage of a tube amp is the ability to quickly and easily control the intensity of the signal produced; however, this feature can also limit the tonal versatility.

A good bass overdrive pedal should allow you to add a bit of overdrive over the entire band for a sweep, bluesy, or funk tone, or maybe a gritty, slap-dotted attack. Alternatively, you may want to get away with a less robust tone, allowing for a more melodic aspect to your sound. A good Bass Overdrive Pedal will provide you with an open frequency range, and allow you to experiment with a full range of frequencies. The eq pedal will be responsible for the tonal balance, as well as defining the "vibe" of the sound.

One common problem with clipping is that you get a clean signal, but it sounds very distorted. Clipping works by reducing the high frequency response of the signal to produce a lower midrange sound. This reduces the attack of the signal, but maintains the low-end energy. The result is a limiting of the mid-range sound, but not limiting the high frequency response.

If you are playing with a distorted guitar, you'll also want some ways to cut back on the overdrive. Some overdrive pedals have "tone control" controls. These controls are typically found in the volume knob. You can use these controls to reduce the tone of the overdrive without changing the actual pedal. By turning the volume knobs down, you can remove some of the distortion without making your guitar sound distorted.

There are other overdrive pedals like the Boss ODB-3 and the Line 6 Pod XT. Both of these types of overdrive pedals are similar, except for one important thing. The Boss ODB-3 has two modes - "style" mode and "normal" mode. In normal mode the ODB-3 will play the specified track note-offs. If you turn the pedal to "style" mode, the ODB-3 will play only pad notes (half or quarter notes) on the selected tracks.

Bass Overdrive pedals give guitarists an added kick. However, these types of pedals are not necessary for creating a tight, rock sound. Another option is to purchase an insert called the "Vibrato". Vibrato inserts come on both the Bassespeakers and Squeezebox models. Some people use their Vibrato pedals as a substitute for a fuzzbox.