[Need Advice] Vulfpeck (Joe Dart) Overdrive Tone - A Walk to Remember (Vollmilch EP)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mondo2501, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. mondo2501


    Jul 28, 2018
    Hi all,

    I heard this track from Vulfpeck called, 'A Walk to Remember' from their Vollmilch EP and Joe Dart's bass tone just blew my mind. I've been trying to emulate it using a mid-heavy EQ setting (with boost around the 300-350 Hz) and a Darkglass VMT. I have the EQ tone locked down good but I can't seem to get it to growl like Joe does. The VMT just fuzzes, instead of growls.

    I understand that he may be using an entirely different rig, but does anyone out there know a pedal that could re-create that growl on a solid state amp?

    I linked the video below for those who haven't heard it yet, its a treat!


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  2. Newbilong


    Aug 14, 2018
    Great track. Interesting mastering. Sounds like an old casette.

    I've really liked the few Vulfpeck tracks i've heard so i'm gonna have to buy a download.
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  3. mondo2501


    Jul 28, 2018
    Yeah, I really dig their retro style. Takes me back to my childhood. Haha
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  4. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Sounds like he’s slamming some tubes to the point that they’re getting nice, greasy, and broken up. Dart also digs in pretty hard when he plays. Last thing - Jack Stratton design the Vulf Compressor plugin that they use a lot with their recordings. So...many things going on I’m sure.
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  5. mondo2501


    Jul 28, 2018
    Would you know how to recreate those tube break up using pedals? Which one do you think will do the job? Also, where can I get my hands on that vulf compressor plugin?
  6. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001

    Just for fun. Another of him ripping that Carlo Robelli MM clone.
  7. speedball3


    Nov 13, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    You can buy the Vulf compressor here. They’ve got some cool videos demonstrating it too.
    Vulf Compressor | Goodhertz, Inc.

    I feel like Joe Dart’s tone is just as illusive as Stuart Zender’s (Jamiroquai). It’s some special mix of bass, compression, amp, recording/studio “magic”, and a heavy helping of pure, unadulterated funk... a pleasure to listen to and soak in but maddening to try to recreate (at least to this bass player!! ;)).
  8. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Sounds similar to what the accountant does at high settings.
  9. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    You could try the ampeg preamp box, and maybe a tube screamer. To me, it just sounds like an ampeg played by him with that bass. But the sound I hear is just an ampeg rig. Great song though. I'll have to check these guys out.
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  10. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Hard to say. I’ve seen them live probably 5 times - 3 different venues, and 2-3 different amps. He seems to get in that tonal realm regardless, and several of the times that was with his MIM jazz into a Markbass amp. No pedals.

    To try and cop that I would be looking at OD with a clean blend and a less than transparent compressor. In the first vid he’s definitely saturating the signal and breaking up more. The second sounds cleaner with a bit of grit. Both are pretty heavily compressed. My take is that live he is just digging in hard to get come clipping/compression from his amp when he wants to. In the studio they are doing more processing of course
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  11. With the extremely heavy handed mastering and compression its hard to say. I know that stuff is part of their "sound" but I find it exhausting to listen to for more than a few minutes.

    I'd look at something like the Aguilar Tonehammer, there is very little distortion going on in what I heard. Just sounds like an aggressively played bass with gobs of compression.
  12. 73_Blazer

    73_Blazer Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    Either way it sounds cool !! Tilt EQ like on the Markbass amps would do it. I have a knob on my Aguilar octamizer that does that too IMO
  13. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Also, if you google the Vulf Compressor demos, you can see how heavy the compression is & how much it emphasizes (and adds noise to) the attack - even with drums.
  14. Joe digs in hard and that Music Man is naturally growlyy. The rest is a compressor slamming into a tube preamp or low gain OD. Lot's of punch.

    Joe grew up really close to where I live, and I had the pleasure of watching him come up. We run with some of the same people, but I've never had a chance to meet him. Actually, I remember drunkenly approaching a bunch of the My Dear Disco guys backstage at a festival when Joe was in the band, but I couldn't tell you if he was there. ;)
  15. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001

    This is also a thing he's working on...
  16. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Joe's been quoted as having an Ampeg B-100R as seen in several videos, that may be part of the tube OD but I've never used one.

    I really enjoy their tracks and Joe Dart's playing.

    Since Beastly.

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  17. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    some of the earlier Vulf recording/vids that I saw definitely showed him using a B15 ....
    so there's that too

    :on edit: ... oops, now that I re-look at the Beastly vid, I see that his amp is a B100R and not a B15.
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  18. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles Suspended

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Hmm... Reminds me of Birdland by Weather Report. It's good, but IMHO... Nothing extraordinary... It's just you youngin's discovering R&B that's been recycled, bleached and distributed. It's cute, but I like my funk raw and uncooked. ;)
    Still, I'm for anybody playing real instruments. God knows they won't find them in the school system most likely...
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Haha I know right?!?! I really actually love these guys. Especially the bass playing and tones. But I thought I was the only one. It's not easy to sit and listen to for any amount of time. It's like whacking off kinda. If that makes sense? Short and sweet. haha I can imagine this dude has a ton of fun playing though.
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  20. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Never succinct... Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    You must be great at parties. Then again, I'm impressed that you graduated from stone-chisels and type-writers to come tell us "youngins" on the interweb about how much cooler music was back in the day. It means a lot...

    Edit: Forgot to add the obligatory winkie face. ;)
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