Re: Bass distortion

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Posted by tim on December 29, 2000 at 01:54:43:

In Reply to: Bass distortion posted by Ren on December 26, 2000 at 11:07:19:

: What is a good distortion for bass?
: I don't mean something that may "do the trick", I'm talking about what pros use in studio. Two examples come to my mind: Steve Vai's bass player at "Bad Horsie" and this cd I got from Planet X where there is a fretless bass.

If you're playing live, through a direct box or an amp DI, the only way to go is a sans-amp or line 6 unit. A regular distortion or overdrive is meant to produce a sound via an amp and speakers. Therefore running a distortion pedal direct into the mains will sound like a beehive that just got kicked. A piece that has amp or cabinet emulation is a better choice. For recording, if you use a regular pedal, make sure to use a miked amp signal, the direct signal will suck! I've been using a sans-amp unit for a few years now, and I love it. I use it for songwriting when laying down guitar tracs, so it"s a versatile pedal.

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