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SVT + VTBass = Winner!

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by KablesP, Feb 5, 2014.


  1. KablesP

    KablesP

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    I played a show last week at a studio that had an Ampeg CL and an 8x10 (not sure of which model) and since I didn't have to use the VT like I normall do, I used it as an overdrive and it sounds so great! I got as close to the sound of the CL with VT and added drive to taste and it made a wonderful overdrive.

    I am getting an SVTII (non pro) tonight (weather permitting) that I am sure will sound great with the VT as overdrive.

    Anyone else use an SVT and a VTBass? :bassist:
     
  2. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    Yes.....I add tube to my tubes also. I have an SVT II NP also, and regardless of which amp head I use, and regardless of the name printed on the Tech 21 stomp box, The VT Bass is a pre-amp. Use it if it make the sound better. Use two of them if that is better....etc.
     
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    I don't own an SVT, but if I did, I would use my VT Bass with it... especially in situations where I couldn't crank up the SVT. The VT would make the SVT sound loud without actually being loud. :p
     
  4. KablesP

    KablesP

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    Exactly! Set the amp clean and then its basically a 2 channel setup.
     
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  6. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

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    +1 to all that
    I use my VTD in front of all backlines I get, including SVT's. Some are great, some are not so great. The only time I did not use the VTD was when a venue (in Columbus OH) provided a totally clean 70's Blueline SVT into an early 70's flatback.

    I also use the VTD in front of all my personal amps, and it does a great job.

    Our resident Ampeg guru JimmyM questions this approach, i.e. VT into an SVT, but I guess I would expect that of him. :cool:

    enjoy!
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I don't question the VT as a dirt pedal into an SVT. I think it makes a great SVT-sounding dirt pedal. I quit using it because all I have is a VT Deluxe and I got a super easy-to-use overdrive that I use instead, but I wouldn't mind getting another small VT.
     
  8. KablesP

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    What overdrive do you use instead? I like a little bit of grit, as long as it still sounds full. And I HATE those bass tones where you can heard the super clean clicky tone with a super distorted guitar like tone. It sounds like two different tracks...yuck.

    I was also looking into getting a Blender pedal for my guitar od pedals so I can mix in just enough of my clean tone so I don't lose low end.
     
  9. Groover

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    How are you guys dealing with the noise the VT pedal adds? I sold it because of that reason.

    pfschim - Where did you play in Columbus, OH?
     
  10. KablesP

    KablesP

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    I only really notice the noise at rehearsals so most of the time I can't even hear it at shows.
     
  11. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

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    Corporate event, outdoors at the home of the University President (at the time), Gordon Gee. About 250 people or so. Nice party.

    Sound was provided by a very big sound/stage outfit who is HQ'd locally in Columbus. I met the owner, but forget his name, and the name of the company. They provided top notch gear, thats for sure.


    As far as noise, I don't find my VTD noisy at all. When I rehearse or practice, I am right next to my rig, and I don't hear any noise from any of the gear, other than some slight fan noise from the Walkabout head.
     
  12. Alex1984

    Alex1984

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    Yes, an SVT + a VT Bass is a thing of beauty. Love the SVT II NP too!
     
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I use a customized Greedtone Overdrive clone that JohnK built. Has a couple different rolloffs for high end which are sweet. One is more like an SVT rolloff, the other is a darker tone. Sounds full to me, although that's often in the ear of the beholder.
     
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    Just chiming in to say that I haven't noticed noise coming from any of my SansAmps: BDDI, VT Deluxe, RBI, RPM, VT-RM (I gig the rackmounts). I guess I'd notice some noise when boosting Presence, but that's no surprise, and it was only a problem in one room we played that had bad wiring... and the noise was far worse through the guitarist's rig.
     
  15. sincity

    sincity Supporting Member

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    I have had noise on all three Sansamp pedals I have owned, especially when the Drive is boosted.

    BDDI
    Para Driver
    VT

    My signal chain is (Boss TU-2 - MXR Phase 90 - VT) powered by a Voodoo Labs PP2.

    I am beginning to think my signal is compromised by either my Boss TU-2 or the VL PP2.

    I still own the VT pedal and love it, especially thru my GK 700RBII or SVT 3 Pro.
     

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