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How to get bass sound from guitar?

Sbarro

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Hello all! I'm looking for a pedal, that will give me most bassy sound out of my guitar for looping and playing on it in realtime. of course guitar synths and midi technologies will do that, but could you suggest me some most realistic octavers or other kind of plain pedals for getting bass sound?

thanks!
 

mcdes

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Micro pog or octave down pedal with mainly a wet signal will work
 

Modulator

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I use an Octron for single note bassline type stuff. Works great, no lag at all (analog) as long as you only hit single notes.

However, been looking for a good polyphonic alternative...how's the Wammy or MicroPOG for polyphony?
 

AXXA

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Any of the POG's are killer, especially if you'll be playing more than 1 note at a time. The Low pass filter on the POG2 can get things extra bassy.

That said, analog octaves seem a bit more 'raw and/or realistic' in a way to me, for emulating bass playing single note lines. Either way, EQ and low pass filters can help a lot.
 

x-ray specs

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I haven't heard anything that really cops a real bass guitar (even many synths don't do it for me), but the Whammy pedal as others suggested it good enough for most. I use a RT myself for this effect, during live play.
 
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caiokiss

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I had a Behringer US600, I hated it and returned it in the next day. But for this specific application I though it was surprisingly good.
 

kleydj13

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I found an HD500 did this really well. A combination of the octave down set 100% wet, bass heavy EQ, and the bass amp (if you're going direct) worked great. Wasn't perfect if you played a lot of complex multi-string stuff - but for single note bass lines it worked surprisingly well.

 

Flanging_Fred

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I've been trying to do this for a while now. I've yet to find one pedal that can really do it on it's own. I started with a Boss OC-2 which wasn't bad but I now use a POG2. However I think you get much better results if you EQ your signal after the octave down. I use a little Dano Fish n chips which does the job well enough. It's definately an improvement on an octave pedal on it's own. Without it there's just too much mid range to sound bass guitary IMO.

I was considering also adding a compressor before the POG2 and then sticking everything in a TB loop.

Oh, first post on Gear Page BTW. Hello everyone. :)
 

chrisjnyc

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I tried a lot of fx for a bass sounds, but in the end I just bought a decent Ibanez bass for $60.
 

Sbarro

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thanks everyone for your answers! so I just need one octave pedal for getting bassy sounds. whammy is great but for me - size matters ) I need compact pedal. I need pedal which can go 100% wet without giving dry guitar sound.
 

Footbutt

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the biggest, fattest octaver i used was actually the "Octaver" on the Line 6 M9/M5.

Boss OC-2 is probably the cheapest option. non-polyphonic, though. really only stays accurate with one-note-at-a-time applications.

Boss OC-3 can do more, including a drive feature.

i currently own and use a POG2. for the features, presets, and tone, it's a great value. while not as "fat" as the others, it gets the job done.
 




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