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how do you make a vt bass deluxe "transparent"

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by poomwah, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    I know you can bypass it, but what I'm wondering, other than running the lows, mids, and highs at 12 oclock, where would the character be set to get as close to a dry sound as possible?
    I'm looking for a good starting point to make subtle changes in my tone. So far, everything I've tried is a drastic change.
  2. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    VT is made to color your sound.
  3. Berme


    May 11, 2001
    Low, mids and character at 12 o'clock. Highs at 9 o'clock.
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 if you want transparent, the VT is the wrong tool.
  5. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand
    I've started using mine as more of an overdrive recently. crank up the character and bass to 3ish, roll off the level a little and everything else 12. Keep in mind I am actually making the pedal and my amp's EQ work together, I have Bass quite high, Mids the same, and hi's around 12.

    Definitely not a transparent pedal, and is not meant to be. Awesome as a tone shaper though.
  6. I made mine transparent by selling it
  7. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand
    hahahaha. not a fan? I have a love/hate relationship with it. some days it pisses me off and some days i dig it.

    to OP what about getting some sort of blender?
  8. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yeah, sorry OP - the VT is not at all a transparent pedal. It is an Ampeg emulator. It will give anything "its" voice (that voice being an Ampeg amp)

    I had a love/hate relationship with it as well and for a while and was going to sell it, until I realized I was kind of using it wrong (from my perspective) and expecting something from it (of which it was not necessarily intended). I bought it because I loved the grindy tone of it at higher drive settings. As a standalone OD (kicked on for specific parts of a songs) it was too different of a tone from my starting tone.

    I pulled it out again after quite awhile, and found settings that sound awesome as an always on pedal. It is now a huge part of my tone choice.
  9. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand
    awesome. i wish i had the deluxe, as I've found several cool settings, its hard to settle on just one as it's my always on pedal aswell. all sort of depends on who im playing with.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    You could have a blend mod done by Putnam but yeah, ultimately if you're looking for a transparent preamp the VT is the wrong tool.
  11. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    If you want transparent tone shaping you should try something like a Boss or MXR graphic eq pedal.
  12. deepwave


    May 25, 2008
    Hi, could you describe these settings please (also including which bass and amp you use)?


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