To many, the Ampeg B15 and SVT amps represent the pinnacle of bass tone. Any serious bass player would do well to consider one or both for recording and live work. But, let’s face it, who has the money or the muscles for that matter, to cart them around.
This video lesson shows how the fantastic Tech 21 VT bass pedal can get you somewhere in the ballpark.
Studio & Live
This pedal is great for live work too although, in the studio – I feel – is where it shines. In the digital realm, character is the defining quality to look for when, sometimes, the bass tone can be on the sterile side. A pedal like this one adds that harmonic saturation that allows the bass to sit perfectly in a mix.
In the video, I show you a few settings used to record bass in the studio. These same principles can be used in live settings too. This is one of my favourite pedals now! What’s yours? Comment below.