Top 5 Bass Effects of 2020

Top 5 Bass Effects of 2020

Choosing the most convincing effects for bassists this year was no easy task. The sound tinkerers and manufacturers are as imaginative and creative as ever. The quality is at its highest level! But, we still had to make our decision. The only criteria for our decisions was that, whether for retro, mainstream or experimental requirements, the effects simply sound awesome. Here are our recommendations for Top 5 Bass effects of the year 2020:

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Tech 21 DI-2112 Geddy Lee Signature

An iconic bassist, keyboardist and singer, Geddy Lee of Rush has made an impressive name for himself in the rock world. In addition to his playing, he is known to musicians for his extraordinary use of effects, a true sound tinkerer. With the SansAmp DI2112, Tech 21 has tailored an effects pedal with an integrated preamp to suit the master’s needs. It integrates two fully analog circuits with individual volume controls, emulated tube saturation for massive low-end bass sound, a blend control for the ratio of the tube amp emulation and direct bass signal with many more sophisticated details. The semi-parametric EQ covers the spectrum between 170 Hz and 3.0 kHz. You should definitely check this signature SansAmp!

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Markbass MB Octaver Raw

The little brother of the well-known MB Octaver entered the market and immediately secured a large fan base. The compact little one is excellent with its fast tracking, so that no delays or latencies are audible between original and effect signal. It goes without saying that the levels of the original and octaved sound can be mixed to any ratio you desire. Simply use the “Dry” and “Octcontrols to fine-tune this ratio. Its bigger relative is already famous as a cool and great sounding gadget without any sound swallowing properties. The effect is almost identical, only the dimensions have become much more practical. If you still have room in your Christmas handbag, you should check it out.

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Jam Pedals Ripply Fall Chorus/Vibe Bass

The best of both worlds are combined in the Jam Pedals combo effect pedal. The popular effects Waterfall and Ripple have been combined in one unit. It is easy to understand that with “Ripply Fall” a new type of effect name has also been created. You’ll find Chorus and the Vibe integrated in the pedal. The two effects work both individually and together. And this is exactly where the special attraction lies. Depending on the setting of the speed multiplier, sounds ranging from Leslie simulations to ring tones to unrestrained wobbling can be tickled out of the box. You can modify your sounds by turning any knob by hand, or directly by foot. Colorful design for deep-sea musical  divers!

 

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One Control Blackberry Bass Overdrive

 

the Blackberry Bass Overdrive from One Control was created by none other than sound tinkerer Bjorn Juhl. This effect pedal for bass is still fresh on the market and will certainly find its way onto the pedalboards of many bass players. The overdrive gives the bass more presence and assertiveness. Especially in band context the fat and, at the same time, muddy-free sound is exemplary. Body, drive, volume and depth can be controlled exactly how you like them, and it goes without saying that a footswitch for bypass operation is also built in. The connections are usual, but the sound is not at all standard.

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Orange Bass Butler

The Bass Butler from Orange offers high-end sound design for bassists. As a bi-amp preamp, the Butler gives two independent channels to play with. While the first channel with control of compression, bass, treble and volume remains basically active, the second channel is switchable. The exemplary part is the hardware with balanced XLR DI-Out per channel and bass-cabinet simulation as well as a mix output without simulation. The Buss Butler is a serious alternative to heavy stage and bass equipment. Just plug it into the mixer via XLR and you’re ready to go. The Butler, from a brand steeped in history, bows down to the bassist and makes itself available as a powerful all-purpose tool. It absolutely wants to be tried out.

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There is our Top 5 selection of Bass Effects from 2020, enough fun to get you through the highs the lows of this difficult year, and definitely through the low frequencies of many happy years to come. Which one did you like the most?

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

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