Scrambler, Classic Analog Pre, VT DI or Driver DI?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by funkyfishies, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. funkyfishies

    funkyfishies

    Nov 11, 2017
    I'm looking for a more gritty tube-saturated tone à la SVT for recording purposes, but I'm not sure where to look.

    On the one hand, I know Tech 21's DIs are well liked, but I already have a DI output with a pre/post switch on my amp, a GK 700 RB, and a Sadowsky SPB-1 Preamp/DI. Getting a third DI seems redundant, no? I also used to have a VT Bass Deluxe, and I hated it—it was too bright.

    I've heard good things about Ampeg's Scrambler and Classic Analog Pre pedals, but how good can a CAD$129 pedal be? Are they quiet? Reliable? Which of the two will give me a gritty tube-saturated tone?

    Are there any other preamps or overdrive pedals I should be looking into?
     
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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    The Classic is an EQ and won't add any dirt. I like all the other pedals you named off and have a VT Deluxe (I don't find it bright when you cut the treble to 9:00 or 10:00), but something about the Scrambler's extreme touch sensitivity and lack of compression keeps me going for it most of all. Not everyone loves it, but I do. I find it as quiet as any other dirt pedals and very reliable.
     
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  3. funkyfishies

    funkyfishies

    Nov 11, 2017
    I've read a post—I think it was from you—saying the Scrambler sounds close to an overdriven SVT. That said, I'm worried it won't give me an vintage SVT-like sound given my more modern rig. What do you think?
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think it does. It's not an exact duplication, of course, but I think it does. You may not, however. Pedals are odd like that.
     
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  5. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    I'm mostly a clean player and find the Tech 21 pedals do a great job of getting tones/voicing in the neighborhood you're looking for, especially in a band mix and/or when fed to FOH.

    That said, when it comes to something delivering realistic, believable Ampeg sounds, I would trust JimmyM's calibrated ear for that over most anyone else.
     
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  6. funkyfishies

    funkyfishies

    Nov 11, 2017
    Thank you for your input. I'm also mostly a clean player. I'm just looking to add a tiny bit of grit. I wasn't interested in the Scramble at first, but I read a post—again, I think it was from JimmyM—saying the Ampeg could also do that.
     
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