Todayâ€™s Pedal Line Friday submission is from Roy Vazquez. If you have a pedal line (doesnâ€™t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to email@example.com. Every Friday Iâ€™ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Hi! Iâ€™m a multi-instrumentalist from QuerÃ©taro, Mexico. I play bass in an experimental band called Ex Replica and an improvisation group called Gentle Wave. I also write about gear for GuitarGraph.com and occasionally review albums I like for Indierocks! Magazine.
Itâ€™s great to be sharing my Pedal Line with the Effects Bay community. I know that being obsessed with pedals is not a trait you would associate to most bass players, but Iâ€™ve loved going further with sound possibilities through these little metal cases for years now.
The following is the pedalboard I use with Ex Replica, where apart from bass y also play synths and keys. We do a blend of post-punk and dark techno. With me on the band are a guitar player, a drummer andâ€¦ another drummer/percussionist.
If that sounds interesting at all, you can check out a preview of our album here and a live video here. Weâ€™re still finishing up with mixing of the first album, so thereâ€™s not much online apart from that.
So, now that you know a bit more about what I do, hereâ€™s a rundown of my pedal line:
Lots of people might disagree with putting a compressor right at the beginning of the chain, but I just love what it does to my Fender Jazz Bass. So I leave it on all the time and treat that as my main signal that will then feed into all the other pedals.
It really balances out the sound and produces a crisper, sort of punchier tone. You might be wondering if I stole this idea from The Mars Voltaâ€™s Juan Aledrete. And I sure did. Guilty as charged. I picked up that trick from him when I first started getting into pedals and bought a CS-3. I then switched to the discontinued CS-2 as soon as I found one at a local pawn shop.
From the compressor it goes right to this Russian-made fuzz machine. Fed through the CS-2, it produces a really vintagey and raw fuzz sound. That doesnâ€™t sound so good on bass most of the time to be honest. Thatâ€™s why I always use it with the…
Absolutely love this thing. I also leave it on most of the time. It really enhances the bass response while rounding up the tone, giving it more body. I love the distortion sound that I get from the CS-2, the Big Muff and this thing set on clean.
It can get really loud and cut through the drums, but itâ€™s also pretty well defined and you can catch every note in spite of the distortion. With various distortion pedals I tried, the bass notes got all muffled up and you ended up with this chunk of indiscernible bass sound that would disorient any audience members and piss off my guitarist.
I rarely use this one but itâ€™s a nice thing to have. Itâ€™s meant to produce sort of a funky aqua-bass sound. But the way I set it up, itâ€™s just for filtering out the high notes and leaving this sort of sub-bass sound that I use to fade out of certain lines.
This one is great to add some color and body to the tone without sacrificing any low end. Thatâ€™s what the people at BOSS were going for when adding a low filter and they absolutely nailed it. If you crank up depth and level you can also get some really nice atmospheric sounds.
Talking about atmospheres, I purchased this thing mostly to produce crazy noises. You get some absolutely insane sounds by messing around with the settings on its many delays, but I also use it to add some nice delay to bass now and then. I also use the looper on some parts of Ex Replicaâ€™s set.
Nice Tremolo. Perhaps not as nice as the discontinued PN-2, but still pretty good.
I use this for two main things. The first is chopping up the signal whenever I play long sustained notes with the Big Muff on. By putting the center and right knob at 100% you get this really chopped up effect that can resemble an arpeggiated synth bass line in itâ€™s own crazy way. You can then play with the left knob for varying speeds.
The second is for just getting some nice ambient tremolo whenever I plug a guitar into this pedalboard.
From the Tremolo, my signal just goes to this volume pedal that I use to lower my own volume on softer parts or as a kill-switch whenever Iâ€™ve got several pedals on and a song or a certain part needs to end abruptly.
The VP JR then has a nice output thatâ€™s specifically for a tuner. This is a nice little tuner too. It lets you know which string is off tune by strumming all the strings at once.
Hereâ€™s everything from a different angle:
Power Supply and Board
For the power supply of all pedals except the DL4 and the VP JR I use a Godlyke PowerAll. Amazing thing. Very quiet. It has never failed me.
The VP JR is passive and the DL4 is connected to its own Line 6 power supply. I could connect it to the PowerAll, but just choose not to just because I get paranoid and the Line 6 came with its own Power Supply.
Finally, itâ€™s all velcroed on a Pedaltrain 2 that I then pack up in the flight case I bought it with. Never had a problem with those either.
Final Words/Request For Help
Thatâ€™s my pedalboard for now. It was a lot of fun, and years of research/product-hunting to put together. The journey has been worth it thus far. Hope you enjoyed checking out too!
Iâ€™m actually on the process of making some changes. Iâ€™d like to add a nice Octave pedal for Ex Replicaâ€™s next shows but my pedalboard, as you can see, wonâ€™t fit one more thing. Iâ€™m thinking of getting rid of the Russian Big Muff and switching to a less sizable distortion pedal to make room for a Pitchfork or POG.
So, any recommendations on either smaller bass distortions or small octaves would be highly appreciated. Thanks!