Npd-EarthQuaker plumes

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by melloncollie, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Just got the EarthQuaker plumes today in limited edition purple sparkle. I’d been interested in getting one for a while but the purple sparkle pushed me over the edge.

    So far the sound has been pretty impressive and the 3 modes are pretty distinct though you definitely feel like you’re still playing your bass through every one. Mode 3 has a pretty loose low end, almost like a fuzz but a nice mid hump to maintain definition. Mode 2 works as a good clean boost or light overdrive. It works well at tightening up the tone with out adding a ton of overdrive. Mode 1 will probably end up being the most used mode for me. It’s a good balance of gain, plus clarity, plus tightness. There’s a definite volume difference in the modes (3 is the least volume with the most gain, 2 is the least gain with the most volume) but it’s nothing you can’t work around. I’m surprised how much I’m enjoying the pedal since I’ve never really uses a tube screamer in bass but I’m very impressed so far.
  2. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Had me at mention of the purple sparkle enclosure :smug:

    EQD makes a plethora of fine pedals, and i feel like i should have something of theirs on my board(s), but so far nada. Probably should remedy that eventually.
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  3. I absolutely love the Plumes. It does l
    Acapulco Gold is a good one if you turn down the volume knob on your bass. At one point I was running my bass volume at like 10% and blasting it the rest of the way with the AG. It was a super cool sound and I really liked it, but ultimately it didn't gel with the rest of my board having to run it that way. My band also noticed some low end loss that I, funnily enough, didn't particularly notice or care about.

    Plumes I absolutely love but more for guitar. On bass it cuts a bit too much low end to be used as a normal overdrive (for me), but I do run it after my fuzz as a sort of HPF for solos and atmospheric stuff. It's a brilliant pedal. Mode 2, max gain, done.

    I would have to say of all the EQD pedals I've owned and tried, the best by FAR for bass is the Afterneath. Not what you'd expect maybe but believe me you can build worlds with this pedal. Especially with a midrangey fuzz or low cut before it, ie: Plumes!
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  4. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    Like the OP, I also recently bought the limited edition purple sparkle Plumes as well. I’m looking for something between my always on Fairfield Modele B (set to edge of breakup so when I dig in I get some nice grit) and The EHX Green Russian Reissue. I have limited board space so wanted something that could do something in the low to medium overdrive.

    I got the Plumes to test against the Timmy and TC Spark Booster I already have. The Timmy and TC Spark are rather transparent but wanted to try something a little different either in the Rat or TS flavor preserving a bit more bottom end. The Plumes isn’t exactly a TS circuit which I felt was a plus. I read through the bass reviews and they seemed to be mixed about the low end of the Plumes so thought I would give it a try to let my ears be the judge.

    After comparing the three pedals for about an hour, I’m on the fence with the Plumes using Mode 2. I’m running an HPF before my OD’s so I don’t hear much low end loss when compared to the Timmy and Spark...but there is some but I consider it negligible.

    I’m going to keep it on my board for a while to test drive it before I make a final decision.

    I will say that it gives a lot of drive options and, an added plus definitely has more headroom than the Timmy or Spark.
  5. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I bought one for my guitar board, then replaced it with a Precision Drive. The Plumes is now on my bass board and sounds great for lower gain sounds and treble/mid boosting. It's my main drive sound for my Bass VI, and I stack it with my other drives and fuzzes with my regular basses.
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  6. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I love the Plumes on bass! Mode 2 was my favorite and had the most low end
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  7. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    +1 Mode 2
  8. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Website and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I just got one as well... I'm liking it a lot. I don't think it has quite enough oomph on its own, but putting it before my Pork Loin in full preamp mode is exactly the sound I've been looking for.