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The “QuickStrip” Bass FX Chain

Sometimes when you get inspired, you don’t have time to wait before laying down some tracks. But then you want a compressor, and maybe a bit of dirt for an amp sound, some EQ, and a little doubling for flavor…maybe a touch of funk…and by the time you’ve inserted and tweaked everything, you’ve forgotten what you were going to play. No more! The Bass QuickStrip FX Chain is here to help you dial up a sound in seconds.


Rather than go through all the backstory on how it’s done, just download the FX Chain, and reverse-engineer it to your heart’s content. Here are the highlights, along with crucial controls you can customize to make the chain your own.



Dirt Control: This is the Mix control for the RedLightDist processor, whose settings have been optimized for bass. For more highs, turn up the processor’s High Freq control, or turn down for a bassier growl. This stage has an associated enable/bypass button.

Funk Cutoff, Funk Res, and Funk Mix: These are the essential Autofilter controls for when you want to lay some funk on your bass. Cutoff covers the general range to match your playing, Res is the filter resonance, and because envelope filters are best for bass when placed in the parallel, Mix controls the dry/filter balance. It has an associated enable/bypass switch.

Note that the RedLightDist and Autofilter are fed off a split, so they do parallel processing. This is in addition to the parallel processing done within the processors themselves.

Bass, Mid, and Treble: This “tone stack” for the Bass QuickStrip controls parameters in the Pro EQ. They don’t cover the full boost/cut range, but if you want to get more extreme, be my guest.

Compressor: The compression is optimized for bass, so the single control is a dry/compressed mix, paired with an enable/bypass switch. Any customization would be to taste—for example, a lower Threshold, or higher Ratio, for a more compressed sound. But if you want more variation and the ability to change the compression from light to heavy, another option is to use the settings for the EZ Squeez one-knob compressor, which was the subject of the Friday tip for August 24, 2018.

Doubler: This switch brings in a doubling effect, courtesy of the Analog Delay. It also bumps up the gain a bit using the Mixtool, so that the doubled and dry sounds have the same apparent level.

So download away—and lay down the low.




  • Yes please. How to do this/where to drop these things. I am new to Studio One came over from Sonar. Need all the help I can get. If there is now a link to how to download and use these chains PLEASE let me know.

  • i’m on a mac (mini)

    i downloaded the channel strip and literally dragged from my download folder to the bass channel.. who knew?

    after i dragged it i saved the strip..

  • Anderton

    Well, Studio One sure gives me a lot of awesome things to write about 🙂 It’s kind of like writing manuals – if you document a good operating system, people think you write good manuals!

  • Donnie Hart

    Craig, do you ever stop being awesome?

  • CSeye

    For Mac, it’s a similar path. It depends on the User Data Location selected in the Preferences. The path could be identical to what you indicated: DocumentsStudio OnePresetsetc.

    In my case it’s an external drive>Studio One>Presets>Presonus>FX Chains

  • Lee Armitage

    Thanks Jeff I’ll take a look when I get home in the morning

  • Jeff Logan

    Try looking here:
    DocumentsStudio OnePresetsPreSonusFX Chains. I think they should take one of these tip sessions and spend it advising customers how to do this/where to drop these things. I tried to hunt this stuff down for a while myself-Good luck

  • Lee Armitage

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, once I’ve downloaded this how do I get it into studio one

  • B. Landry


    You hit the sweet spot in my brain on this one. Oh wait, I’m a Bassist, no wonder I love this! Thanks