Bass Effects are used to add colour to a sound and to sometimes transform sound dramatically. These effects are largely used during live performances or in the studio. While most frequently used with electronic instruments, they can also be used with acoustic. Bass Effects are used for bass guitars, double bass and similar instruments. It is distinct from other types of amplification systems due to the particular challenges associated with low-frequency sound reproduction. This distinction affects the design of the loudspeakers, the speaker cabinet, preamplifier and amplifier. Speaker cabinets for bass instrument amplification usually incorporate larger (or more than one) loudspeakers than those used for the amplification of other instruments. The loudspeakers themselves must also be sturdier to handle the higher power levels. Guitar FX Direct provide a huge range of popular Bass Effector brands that will blow your mind!
The basic sound of the amplified electric bass or double bass can be modified by electronic bass effects. Preamplifiers, compression, limiting, and equalization are the most widely-used effects for bass. A range of other effects are used in various genres. "Wah-wah" and "synth" bass effects are associated with funk music. Also, since the 1960s and 1970s, bands have experimented with "fuzz bass" where the bass is distorted either by overdriving the amp or by using a distortion unit. Octave-generating effects, which generate tones an octave below the pitch being played are also used by bass players. Many bassists in modern-day hard rock and heavy metal bands use overdrive pedals made for bass guitar.