Trickfish Trilobite Review

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Recently acquired one of these and I've got to say, I am very impressed.

    It sounds very, very good and has a nice studio quality to it. Everything you feed in sounds better coming out. It has a real precise feel to it. By that I mean it plays faster and with more articulation.


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    The EQ points are all very useful and not overly dramatic. It's one of those EQ's that sounds good at most every setting on the dial. I also appreciate having the low mid and high mid controls. The Low Mid EQ shift between 333hz and 473hz is very useful.

    It can really can serve as a hub for your board with the mute switch, dual channels, multiple loops, a blend of dry and looped effects, multiple DI outputs and more. It is not the smallest preamp out there making it not as pedalboard friendly as some but I've got it on an old Pedaltrain Jr just fine. It requires 12 volts and 500ma. My CIOKS DC7 easily powers it off one port. I'll gladly sacrifice size for all that the Trilobite offers.

    The Trilobite would make for a nice studio preamp too.

    I love the LED indicating signal gain - green for normal and red when clipping.


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    No cab sims but plenty of flexibility with dual channels, multiple loops, dry/wet blend of the effects loop, headphones out and Aux in. Multiple DI outputs.

    I really like the dual channels. I've been using one as my primary always on and then setting the second with a little more bass, pushing the mids a little and a touch more volume. I kick that on when I want to pop out in the mix just a bit more. You can also use the dual channels separately for two different basses each with their own input. Nice. When switching between the two channels (A/B) the LED changes color to let you know what channel you are running.

    Real nice having the FX switch too and I love the mute switch which means I don't have to rely on a pedalboard tuner to mute my signal. The LED illuminates Red when the FX loop is active.

    It is a clean sounding preamp, but by no means is it sterile. Don't expect tube tone out of this one. But do expect a highly polished, studio quality tone. Every bass I've used it with sounds that much better. Bigger, more punchy, better.

    There is a blue LED that illuminates when the preamp is active.

    Trickfish has release the Minnow, the little brother to the Trilobite. The Minnow has the same circuit as the Trilobite, but only one channel and less features. The Minnow is great too, but the Trilobite offers so much more.

    Both the Minnow and Trilobite have a nice quality feel to them. The Trilobite is much lighter than I expected which is great since I have it mounted with velcro on my pedalboard.

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    I'm sure I'll have more to say as I use it more but initial impressions are more than good. The Trickfish Trilobite is really good. It's like the perfect balance between a device for knob twisters/tone tweakers and those wanting something that is quick to adjust and just flat out sounds awesome.

    Anybody else using one?
     
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  2. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Inactive

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    How about a full sized pic of it in your pedalboard to give an idea of how much space it takes up @scubaduba.
     
  3. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Ok

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  4. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Good stuff....I've been wanting to try that Becos compressor too. Love my FEA DE-CL and have no reason to buy anything to replace it. Your compressor thread has already cost me too much. :)
     
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  5. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Brand Identity & Development, GHS Strings, Innovation Double Bass Strings, Rocktron
    I just got the Minnow; I didn't need all the extras that the Trilobite offered. Everything you've said about the EQ and tone shaping is what I've noticed as well. Either unit is incredibly well voiced and usable across the entire range of the EQ knobs.
     
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  6. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Yes indeed. Great EQ.
     
  7. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Holy crap that pedal is massive. It looks epic, and that description makes it sound epic.

    But crap, it's sitting next to an Olympic. That pedalboard is loaded with tone!

    I really like my Darkglass Vintage Ultra, and love its drive sound. But not having dual channels has been an ongoing bit of hassle when going clean to dirty and back, and with something like this kitted with DI & FX, the dual channel EQ combined with a small Vintage Microtubes could be a very acceptable two-stomp solution.
     
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  8. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Great review...
     
  9. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    @scubaduba are any of the 1/4” outputs a “pass through”?

    In other words a unaffected and non-buffered output?

    This is useful if DI is on your board and you want to send a unaffected line to your backline.

    I do this with the Q-Strip and cannot do this with the Starlifter.
     
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  10. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Not with 1/4”. You can do that with XLR. Set the XLR marked DI to Pre and the output will be pre effect. The XLR marked AUX is always post effect.
     
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  11. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    That’s what I was afraid of.

    I’m a bit surprised more manufactures don’t add a pass through like most high end DIs.

    The Q-Strip and the Basswitch IQ DI do have this feature (I cannot gig without one). Lehle makes a passive splinter, but I’m not a fan of adding one more item to the board.
     
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  12. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    @TonyP- what's the advantage of a 1/4" rather than XLR out if it is unbuffered and un-effected?
     
  13. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    So you can send an uneffected line to your backline and EQ signal to the FOH
     
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  14. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I'm guessing room on the back became an issue. I mean, look at what all is there already. :)
     
  15. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Well, I officially kicked the Shift-Line Olympic off my board in favor of the Trilobite. I like how crisp, full, and focused the sound is. And the dual channels really sealed the deal for me.

    I'm using one channel as my main sound to FOH. Then I have the second channel set with just a bit more gain, a touch more bass and mids. Kick it on when I need to be just a little bigger during a chorus or bridge.
     
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  16. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    @TonyP- Sort of an Easter Egg in a way but you can use the Tuner out as a pass through. It is high quality.
     
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  17. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Ironically I became more acquainted with Ryan from Trickfish and just spoke to him yesterday. He believes this is a non-buffered pass through, however He is going to check with his engineer and find out.
    @Jon Moody mentioned to me that there is no noticeable gain from the tuner out as well.
    I trust his ear...I'm just want to hear it confirmed and if that is the case, I'm %100 going to try it.
     
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  18. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I tried the Tuner out for this purpose last night and was pleased with what I heard. I'll try again with a more discerning ear.
     
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  19. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Let me know when it's in your possession. :)
     
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  20. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I've got to ask...
    Didn't you recently sell a Shift-Line?
    Curious if you had two or sold one and then bought another.
    The unknown question: How long will the Trickfish stay #1?