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Bass Effects

ARTICLES

Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Nano Battalion Review

April 7, 2019
A slimmed-down version of EHX’s tone toolbox for bassists didn’t lose any weight in the functionality department.
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Bass Bench: Exploring Low-End Distortion

April 5, 2019
What are the benefits and drawbacks of adding dirt and grind to your bass sound?
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Quick Hit: MXR Vintage Bass Octave Review

March 8, 2019
Exploring the deep with a pedal that won’t file an eminent domain claim on your board.
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Bass Bench: Inside the World of Bass Pedals

March 8, 2019
For the modern low-ender, it’s not enough to be a groove master. Today, you need to stay on top of ever-evolving tone-shaping technology.
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Trickfish Trilobite Review

February 8, 2019
The name may suggest something aquatic, but there’s nothing watered down about this DI.
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NAMM '19 - Fender MTG Tube Distortion, Pinwheel, Bubble Chorus, Lost Highway Phaser & Tre-Verb Demos

January 25, 2019
Along with a stomp designed to be an all-in-one for bassists, the newly launched pedals include a tube-driven distortion, reverb/trem combo, and more.
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NAMM '19 - MXR Vintage Bass Octave & Dyna Comp Bass Demos

January 25, 2019
Get hip to a pair of new mini pedals aimed at bassists who love compression and vintage octave sounds.
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NAMM '19 - Tech 21 Geddy Lee SansAmp YYZ & Paul Landers Signature Fly Rig Demos

January 25, 2019
Analog-amp-modeling pioneer Andrew Barta shows us the legendary Rush bassist’s streamlined preamp pedal, as well as Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers’ custom multi-effector.
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Free the Tone Black Vehicle BV-1V Review

January 11, 2019
A meticulously designed, quiet black box that churns out an impressive palette of amp-like overdrive.
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Taurus Amp Announces the Vandall-500

December 27, 2018
The Polish-made hybrid bass amp rocks out 500W and includes both solid-state and tube preamps.
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OnkartGromt FunkyFellow Review

September 9, 2018
An envelope filter for bassists that demonstrates Norwegian farmers can be quite funky.
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Ampeg Liquifier Review

August 23, 2018
The bass-amp giant's new dual-chorus circuit serves up a wide range of rich modulation with a price that harkens back to the 1980s.
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Free the Tone Releases the BV-1V Black Vehicle Bass Overdrive

August 14, 2018
From a natural grind to a heavy distorted sound, the bass-specific drive can create a wide variety of sounds similar to driving an old-school vacuum tube amplifier.
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TC Electronic SpectraDrive Review

August 10, 2018
A true multi-tool for bassists that packs all the essentials for performance and practice.
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Quick Hit: Crazy Tube Circuits Locomotive Review

August 2, 2018
A 12AY7-packed bass OD for clean, mean, and points in-between.
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SNAMM '18 - Pigtronix Philosopher Micro Bass Compressor/Sustain Pedal Demo

July 13, 2018
Living Colour bass behemoth Doug Wimbish gives a stadium-worthy demo of the company’s tiny—but mighty—new compressor/sustainer.
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Bass Bench: MIDI Sensing on Steroids

July 1, 2018
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “many hands make light work.” It turns out this also applies to MIDI bass.
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SNAMM '18 - Trickfish Amplification Trilobite Demo

June 30, 2018
Check out a demo of the company's dual preamp pedal that offers myriad features for the working bassist.
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Bass Bench: The Pros and Cons of Pitch-to-MIDI Technologies

June 8, 2018
Eager to explore electronic music with your bass? Here are the trade-offs you’ll encounter.
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