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Top 10 Guitar Effects!

Hi.

I'm Stevie T.

And today, we're gonna be looking at my top 10 favorite guitar effects of all time.

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of the past week or so.

Now let's face it: without guitar effects, we wouldn't even have a guitar sound; we'd pretty much suck.

And which guitar effects program am I gonna be using today? BIAS FX! BIAS FX is a guitar effects en suite.

'N' It's made by a company called PostiveGrid; they are the guys behind BIAS.

Amazing, I use all my tones with BIAS.

But BIAS FX is all about the effects.

It's probably why they called it BIAS FX.

So let's start our Top 10 Best Guitar Effects list with.

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Overdrive.

*overdriven guitar playing* Alright now look, now, TECHNICALLY, overdrive isn't even an effect, But let's face it, overdrive is everywhere! I admit at one point in my life, I was all about the heavy metal distortion! *heavily distorted guitar playing* But when I've come to realize over the years, is that you can't beat a light overdrive tone.

Ya just can't.

Alright, so I just loaded up a factory preset called Arsenal, and already, you can play like any classic rock riff ever made, and it sounds exact.

*plays Hurts so Good by John Mellencamp* *plays Hells Bells by ACDC* *plays You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC* *strange Stevie T noise* Just to show as an example, let's turn off the overdrive and see how it sounds then.

*really lame sounding clean guitar* It's just missing that little PUNCH, y'know? So we turn the overdrive back on, and we rip! *same as before but now overdriven* But then let's say, we want a little kick, y'know, so we'll go to 10 on the drive knob.

Now we can do some overdrive Djent.

*djent d-d-d-jent d-jent d-jent d-jent djent* And a light overdrive is absolutely PERFECT for a nice bluesy solo.

*bluesy solo* *slow bend* *even slower bend* The next guitar effect on our list? Reverb.

*reverberated guitar* Alright, so I pulled up a preset called Johnny's Blues, we have a nice little reverb setup, no overdrive, and we'll see how this sounds: *a minor chord with reverb* Oh! Whoa! Without the reverb, we would sound like this: *quick G chord* And with reverb: *quick G chord with reverb* Once you have that reverb, it just opens it right up, it just, y'know.

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*more reverberated g chords* A nice clean amp, with a little bit of reverb, sounds great for clean djent.

*djent djent d-d-d djent djent djent d djent* We're gonna have a bit of overdrive to our amp and reverb setup here.

Let's see how this sounds: *freakin' amazing tone* Man, does that sounds freakin' AMAZING!! Next guitar effect on our list? Chorus.

*plays Fade to Black by Metallica, with chorus* *plays Come as You Are by Nirvana, with chorus* Now, not only does chorus sound incredible for clean tones, but chorus can also make lead tones sound incredible, too.

For example, my song Gangsta Djent, off my album, Album of Epicness, relied very heavily on chorus.

Take a listen: *Gangsta Djent plays* Honestly, chorus just makes everything sound SEXY! *singing along with One by Metallica* This sound is nice, This sounds real cool, I like chorus, Cause it sounds sexy.

*random guitar with chorus* The next guitar effect on our list? The Phaser.

*phased guitar* Here are a couple notable tunes that use phaser.

*plays Spirit of the Radio by Rush* And of course: *plays tapping part to Eruption by Van Halen* The phaser really helps give it that signature sound.

In fact, I'm gonna play the tapping parts to Eruption, AGAIN.

But this time, I'm gonna turn off the phaser.

Alright, so here we go.

Here's with it off: *lame-sounding non-phased Eruption* And here's with the on: *super cool-sounding phased Eruption* While spinning! *more phased Eruption* Oh, jeez.

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And if you really want to start gettin' kinky with it, you could just turn up the speed of the phaser, And you get some really cool effects; check this out: *ghostly phased guitar* *gasp!* *sweep picking* *imitating the phaser* Wahwahwahwahwayoiyoiyoiyoiyoim.

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boiyoiyoiyoiyoing! Now, this leads me to my next effect, a very similar effect to the phaser.

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The flanger.

Oh, and I apologize for maybe not using the exact correct settings for each of those songs.

For all of you, tonally out there Stevie, you're using the wrong settings.

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you're supposed to be using the length setting at .

43 miliseconds.

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The settings don't have to be exact, these are just examples, let's just have fun with it? So you're messing around with the speed settings and stuff again and you'll get these cool ghost sounds like: It's a ghost! That sounds really, really neat! The next effect on our list? Tremolo.

Basically all tremolo is a fluctuation of volumes, so basically all you get is this: Alright, so I'm on a piece called tweed on, now enabled our tremolo, now let's see how this sounds like: If you've ever done volume scrolls with your uh.

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volume knob It's a really hard thing to do like Now you wouldn't even need to touch your volume knob because this is doing the work for us here we go.

See, now that is a whole lot easier than having to do this: Turn off our tremolo.

So that's really tough! Hey, check it out, volume djent! Djent, djent, djent, djent, djent, djent.

Now the next effect on our list, is the pitch shifter.

That sounds really, really, neat.

Well I've never personally used this effect on anything, it's a really cool effect, if let's say for example.

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Tom Morello! or Herman Li! I don't have a ninth string, I can't djent! Well yes you can, just change the pitch to -2 octaves So now you can djent at really high strings.

I just djent'd it.

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on the D String.

That's ridiculous! Wait.

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what if you played 2 octaves down.

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on the lowest string? Brown note anyone?! Hey check it out, it's Doom Metal! And of course you can always go 2 octaves up, and then you got chipmunk djent! And the next effect on our list, the wah-wah.

Some notable people who used the wah pedal would be people like, Slash, Kirk Hammett, Jeff Beck, you know.

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Kirk Hammett Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, And even Kirk Hammett had been note to use wah.

Check it out, I'm Kirk Hammett! Alright, I'm not making fun of Kirk Hammett, I'm a huge Kirk Hammett fan.

But he, loves his wah.

And if you seen ever a dirty movie from the 70s.

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Next effect on our list? The octaver.

So what the octaver does, is it takes your original, guitar signal, and it adds an octave underneath it.

You can just play a note on y'know on your A String or something.

And you've got the octave blown, don't need a bass player anymore, how about that? Here are some recognizable riffs: That's cool.

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that's really cool! And the octaver is really cool because you can have a bass player shredding along with ya.

That bass player is fast.

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Evil.

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that lower octave is evil.

The next effect in our list? Is delay, delay, delay.

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So what delay does, is if you play something, it will repeat it a certain amount of times Within certain time in triples, that you can control.

Now here are some songs that you may recognize that use delay: And the awesome thing about delay is? you can do cool stuff like this: Time to bust out, the whammy! Some called the poooolice! Here are some things as an example, listen to this stuff without delay: And if you get this: or you get this: I'll take the delay, please! Now we just look at a few effects today, In reality they are a countless effects out there, But I have to take a second and give a shout out to PositiveGrid for making an amazing program and it's so simple, such a simple interface, and the effects sound so realistic it's amazing.

And I mean it sure saves your money from having to go buy all these pedals Alright so let's say for example you don't have an iPad, but you want BIAS FX because it's awesome! Well stay tuned, cause soon to be released is BIAS FX.

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Desktop!!! Wooo!!! Well, that'll be all for today.

And until next time, keep shredding, keep trying to guitar effects, and I'll see you next video.

Bye!.

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