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Fairfield Barbershop or Darkglass VMT for tube FEEL

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by neB317, May 22, 2018.

  1. neB317


    Jan 5, 2008
    Missoula Montana
    What the title says. The thing I miss most after downsizing from my SVT is the pillowy, tube compression feel. Which of these pedals would do this the best? I know that the VMT specifically mentions that it has a built in compressor that attempts to emulate this. The Barbershop has that enticing looking SAG knob though... I haven't played either of these pedals, but I did play a Darkglass B7k and thought it sounded pretty great. Although I owned an SVT my favorite tube tones came from a b15 or a Bassman 70 which I've used in the studio. I'm going for a thumpy motown w/ flats kind of tone. Which of these two pedals (also open to to other suggestions as well) is going to give me that tube feel that I crave?
  2. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Not one of your listed options but probably the most SVTesque tube tone I’ve pulled out of a pedal (that was not a Verellen Meatsmoke preamp) was from a Dunwich Olde Dirty Bass. Really regret letting that one go!
  3. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Definitely not the VMT, great pedal but it doesn't really have that squishy tube feel or response.

    Best pedals I've encountered for Motown with a Precision and flats have been Aguilar Tonehammer, VT Bass, One Control Sonic Silver Peg, and Bearfoot Blueberry. A few others often recommended but which left me cold for this particular application were the Barbershop, Creation Audio Grizzly, and SolidgoldFX Beta.

    IMHO, YMMV, etc!
  4. Ba55Man1ac

    Ba55Man1ac Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    As much as I love my Darkglass gear, it's very direct & tight sounding. Barbershop is the closest i've heard to squelchy, bouncy tube power section in a solid-state pedal. The Accountant does it well too if you're looking for some dirty compression.
  5. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Darkglass vmt is more of a warm overdrive if anything. an awesome pedal for rock and metal music if that's what you play. but if you want a different suggestion for a tube overdrive, check out that ehx hot wax. this pedal can give you a tube sound as well as an overdrive. if it's just a tube you want, simply dial back the drive and set the 2-band eq to your liking. f.y.i the hot tubes side will give you a modern tube sound while the crayon side will give you a vintage tube sound. you can also try one of the sansamp pedals for tube sounds. best of luck on your search.
    Last edited: May 27, 2018
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  6. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    Catalinbread SFT
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  7. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    D'oh forgot to include this one my good list! Regret selling mine.
  8. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    Yep, this was my first thoughts too. At the heavier settings, this gets very compressed tubey. I perfer this pedal at the more gentle settings where it certainly adds a driven (but not overdriven) SVT to the sound. When it's fully in fuzz land it's not very SVT but sounds great for a heavier application.
  9. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    HAO Sole Pressure is great for tubiness to my ears and fingers.
  10. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    The Barbershop is good for that burpy compressed/overdrive sound. The VMT is good for a thick/warm overdrive sound.

    But...have you thought of a tube compressor?
  11. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    I have and love the VMT Deluxe, but I agree that it doesn't get that tubey / pillowing compression thing happening.

    The best combo I've tried for that is Bearfoot BlueBerry (set pretty clean) + Diamond Bass Comp.
  12. neB317


    Jan 5, 2008
    Missoula Montana
    Hey guys thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I did quite a bit more research and found a lot of people talking about the "tube feel" with the EHX Hot Wax (Hot Tubes side). Generally I have always felt good about CMOS/FET pedals. I'm gonna start there since it's the cheapest and if that doesn't do it for me start working my way down the list. I also like the idea of having a dual overdrive to kick on another channel for more rock songs.
  13. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Hmm, I looked into those but thought they were a guitar pedal? I would look at the CAL Grizzly which is a bass specific pedal with a similar concept.
  14. Beheroth


    Aug 26, 2016
    ^this : ehx black finger

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