Origin Effects DCX Bass Tone Shaper & Drive review – an exhaustive pedal that will give your bass a range of sounds you never knew you needed

Designed to add analog color to your tone, Origin Effects’ DCX Bass unit gives you a host of old-school studio sounds in a box

Origin Effects DCX Bass Tone Shaper & Drive
(Image: © Origin Effects)

Guitar World Verdict

A high-quality bass effects box containing a vast number of sounds.


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    Brings you a range of killer, old-school studio sounds in a box.

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    Built like a tank.

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    Great value for this many tones.


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    Do you really need this many options?

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A quick internet search will reveal that there are currently over a quadrillion pedals on the market that claim to make your bass guitar sound louder, cleaner and dirtier, of varying levels of quality and priced from the suspiciously cheap to the criminally expensive. Here’s one that feels and looks trustworthy, does what it says it will do (and more) and won’t break your budget.

Inspired by Universal Audio’s 610 preamp, used in its original form to record a long list of American musicians in the last century, Origin Effects’ DCX Bass pedal aims to bring a range of old-school colours to your tone. These range from taut cleans via warm crunches to full-on overdrive, with the secondary goal to give you a degree of fine control over these sounds.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.