Its time for another edition of Show Me Your Pedalboard! Today’s entry comes from PedalsAndEffects’ fan Alvaro. There’s a lot going on with this board and, based on the picture, it’s a bit difficult to interpret the direction of the chain, but I’ll do my best to let everyone in on what I know about these pedals.
The signal starts off with the Proteus by Subdecay, which is an envelope filter. Right after that comes the Noisebox by the same company. This is a harmonic frequency generator, which can add a great synthesizer-like effect. Following that is the TLC Compressor by Aguilar. I like that Alvaro has placed a compressor early in the chain, but I’m curious to know the reasoning behind placing it after the Subdecay pedals. My personal preference, as mentioned in previous posts, is to place compressor pedals early (if not first) to accentuate the effects that follow afterwards, though maybe it is to control the radical volume jumps of the Noisebox.
The MXR bass octave comes next, which I’m familiar with and is a pretty versatile octave pedal. It features a Mid switch, which can really bring out the effect, especially when muffled in a live setting. After that is the Bit by Malekko Heavy Industry. This is a rate reducer effect that can produce an 8-bit like sound from your instrument. The only issue I see here is that the bit crusher is going to degenerate anything before it, so putting an octave pedal prior to it is going to render its low end capabilities useless. Electro-Harmonix’s Bass Micro-synth comes next followed with the Vintage Microtubes by Darkglass, which creates various bass tones and features an “era” knob meant to distinguish sounds throughout musical generations. Once again, I’m intrigued by the order of these pedals, especially the Vintage Microtubes, which establishes a particular bass tone and could possibly be more useful early in or at the very end of the chain. Maybe Alvaro uses it to highlight a specific effect on the board.
The B3K Bass Overdrive follows, and I’m glad Alvaro has chosen to place the dirt after some of these effects. However, I would still push it even further after the MXR Analog Chorus and the multifaceted Hall of Fame reverb pedal by TC Electronic. The image is a bit unclear at this point, but it looks like the Delay/Looper by Hardwire is the last effect on this board (I always place my delays at the very end, too). There’s also a VT Bass which is a SansAmp pedal based on the SVT sound. I’ve stated before that I’m one of the few bassists that never invested in using a SansAmp, but that is just my personal preference. The board ends with a Peterson Tuner, which is a very precise strobe tuner that features a sweetened bass tuning option.
This is an eclectic board and has multiple pedals to create the right tonal approach. In spite of that, I do notice that the realty on this board is now limited. I wonder how Alvaro makes use of both the VT Bass pedal and the Vintage Microtubes. As always, I recommend exploring the various ways to rechain a board and then make those tough decisions to remove pedals which aren’t as productive. This can only lead to a more efficient and useful board. Make sure to let Alvaro and I know what you think about his pedalboard in the comments section below, and thank you, Alvaro, for showing us your pedalboard!!
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