Too many pedals to get the growling tone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Coke Kane, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Coke Kane

    Coke Kane Supporting Member

    May 16, 2010
    La Puente, CA
    Hi everyone, I need some suggestions on how to condensed gear to get my basic tone. Right now I have four things that are always on to get my growling tone. My most recent setup (with only pedals that are always on):

    EBS Multidrive
    EBS Multicomp
    Tech21 VT Bass Rack
    Avalon U5

    My tone starts with the VT Bass. That had great compression, but was not very dynamic and was too mushy. So I added the Avalon U5 after the VT and use the blend knob on the VT to add some powerful clean DI sound to get a great tone. But now the tone did not have enough compression. So I added the EBS Multicomp, which has a slow attack so the signal was still dynamic. I also us the tubesim mode and get some tubey grit and dymanics. So that was my basic clean sound. For overdrive (which is my default tone most of the time), I use the EBS Multidrive. This is a very underated bass overdrive because it bypasses the low end and only adds dirt to the mids/highs, beautiful!

    Is there a bass amp with all four of the things I described? Or maybe one pedal that can replace the EBS Multicomp and Multidrive?
  2. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    you might be into the new Dug DP3X from tech21... compression, crunch and it's tech21 so my assumption is its clean/DI flavor will be familiar. it comes out at the end of this month, fingers crossed.
  3. Without knowing what your grinding tone sounds like, it's really hard to know what single solution would be able to mimic it. You may consider something along the lines of the Zoom MS-60b - it's a single pedal-sized multi effect/modeler that can have 4 effects per patch. I used one for years as my 'always on compressor/high pass filter/noise gate, but with selectable boost, and it worked almost too good - I had a hard time moving away from it.

    It has models of the EBS Multicomp (M Comp), Avalon U5 (DI5), and a very convincing SVT Amplifier sim (SVT) that would take the place of your VT Bass Rack - for the Multidrive, there are plenty of od's that you can choose from.

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