What Are The Best Bass Multi Effects Pedals?

I typically like to play bass as clean as possible – maybe adding a touch of compression and that’s about it. But, there are times when adding some effects is good too! A bass multi effects pedal is a great option for this because it gives a lot of options for experimentation. Take a look below at our picks!

1. Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects

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After owning the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal for over a year, by far, my favorite thing about this pedal is that it can stand up to a lot of abuse. That’s rare for things that belong to me so I want to start out by saying that if you are a bassist who shares my problem with treating your things like the gas pedal on an Indie 500 car… you will love this model.

This feature is really cool. The Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effect pedal lets me hold out a low note while I continue to play over it. This adds a whole new depth to your music and layering like this really sounds great live. It can be the difference in being “that band” and that band whose name they actually remember.

If this pedal is missing something… I couldn’t tell you what that is. With 23 knobs and 3 built-in foot switches, you can do a little bit of everything without the need for menu-surfing.

Whether you are a fellow stomper or just a fellow bassist looking for something to take your sound to the next level, the Boss ME-50B Bass Multi Effects pedal is a great choice that will stand up to your best critic… even if that critic is your own foot.


2. Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal

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There is no way to adequately describe the awesomeness of the Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, so I will just call it great. I thought it was great because it wasn’t difficult to learn how to use it. I was a first-timer, and I wanted to grab something that wasn’t going to drive me completely crazy. This rig has a cool design as well as a display that I could easily read and understand. The construction of it is solid and sturdy, not flimsy like some of the other products I’ve seen out there. I needed equipment that I could abuse just a little bit.

I watched some other people operate it before I tried to operate it myself. Once I started with it, I found it very difficult to stop. The unit seemed to have an endless amount of effects, and they were all high-quality enough for me. It’s great for someone who likes to experiment with different sounds. It was killer as a plaything for me. I spent over an hour messing with it when I first got it. I actually have to force myself to quit tinkering with it at times.

The product has many positive aspects to it. One of them is its user-friendliness. Another plus is its abundant number of effects. I didn’t particularly like the price, but I thought the quality fell in line with it. One has to sometimes pay a little bit extra to get the right quality for a specific project.


3. Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator

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I am always a little hasty about trying new things. Being from the old school, this is especially true when it comes to my 8-string. However, I needed to fill in for a cover band’s bassist where a different tone would make or break the performance so I thought I would give the Zoom B3 Bass Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator a go. The first thing I noticed about the pedal was that it was really easy to navigate and that was important. This band was made up of friends of friends… and I am always a little anxious to get on stage with guys have been playing together for years – and I’m the new guy. So that easy navigating worked well with my nerves.

At home, I noticed that it was very responsive and versatile. Versatility was more important playing with a cover band than anything. I normally keep it simple when I play on stage – so the versatility of capturing the sound of an original band in a cover band is clearly something that must be considered when you are buying a pedal for that specific reason.

The tone held up great all through the show and I liked it so much that I have even began to work it into a few of my own shows. While I will always be the old school guy at the local bar, at this great price, sound and navigation… I just may be coming around to the 21st century.


4. DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal

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As with most multi-function pedals, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal comes with pretty standard features: tuning, rhythms, an often bewildering array of effects, presets, and parameters…

The difference with this pedal is that it is actually easy to use, like all DigiTech products I’ve used.

Where it differs a bit from other pedals is the addition of the so called Expression Pedal, which can be assigned to control three parameters to vary the effect as you play.

Those effects come in two models, cabinet and amp, so you can go from the studio to gig (where a more punchy sound is useful) without the need for another bit of kit.

The pedal feels rugged and durable, as it’s mainly made from metal, and the bright LCD panel is both large and readable. At first sight, the lack of knobs and buttons is a bit off-putting, especially if you’re more used to equalizers and arrays of knobs to control effects, but it’s refreshing.

In fact, the simple user interface, very well explained in the manual, actually makes the pedal easier to use.

Thanks to the clever electronics, with the AudioDNA DSP processor at the core, there’s also almost no hum, and less lag than you sometimes get from low-priced effects processors.

All in all, the DigiTech BP200 Bass Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal is a great addition to any musician’s home studio or gig bag. And for the price, it offers the most comprehensive array of effects and rugged durability in its class.


5. VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal

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When it comes to signal chain effects, it can be all about the guitar players. Bass players also want cool sounds. The VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar provides just that to amateur and professional bassists. The Stomplab is the bass version of the popular guitar multi-effects unit.

I played with this floor unit for about 3 hours in my home studio. After that, I came to realize that the VOX STOMPLAB2B Multi-Effects Modeling Pedal for Bass Guitar is a great product for the beginning bass player that is new to effects. It gives a ton of options so that they can find something that they like and tailor it to their tastes.
The sounds on the 2B are categorized by musical genre. There are 11 different options including jazz, metal, and two different kinds of funk. Once you choose the category that you want, you can edit it from there using the digital interface. The sound can also be controlled via the expression pedal that is hardwired to the pedal. If you need a tuner, it has that too.

The digital interface makes it pretty easy to edit each sound and save it so it can be recalled live. There are 100 presets to get you started. Each preset has 61 different parameters that can be edited. It runs on an AC adapter or 4 AA batteries. I think it sounds a little better with the AC adapter. This is a lot of pedal for the low price this pedal comes at.


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