WEAPONS OF CHOICE
Bass: Fender Precision (1979, passive tone control neutral)
Strings: Dunlop Rounds (nickels, 45 – 105, old)
Cable: DiMarzio EP1700
Interface: SPL Crimson
DAW: Logic Pro X
Drums: Loop It Collection
This first round turns up the heat right from the beginning. One of the roaring tones you can squeeze out of the Triumvirate is an almost guitar-like distortion that is particularly present when you strum a power chord on the D and G strings using a pick. First, listen to the DRY version and then a variety of tones suiting this type of playing.
OK. Not the most inspiring attitude for that kind of bass line. So why not start out by setting all controls right at noon and kick in the Triumvirate? All 3 distortion frequency bands are set to have similar Gain and Level amounts. This is the ‘default’ tone of the pedal, so to speak.
I like that punch a lot. Let’s try to bring the MID back a hair and push the TREBLE a bit.
Cool. Now, let’s push the level of the MID band a bit while bringing back the TREBLE to the 12 o’clock position.
The MID band is where there is some really powerful punch to be found, so let’s try to Gain that band all the way up, but pull back the Level just a tad. Also, I’ll bring the Gain of the BASS band back to about 25% for a more clean, yet crunchy, low end.
Heavy dude! But as one last test, let’s try the opposite, bringing the Gain of the MID band all down and let the TREBLE distortion do most of the dirt on top of a crunchy low-end tone and a fairly clean mid range.
As you can hear, there are a ton of different tones to be found in this pedal. I think, as you get to know this beast, it is very inspiring. And speaking of inspiration and creativity, the Latch Mode function is not really emphasized a big feature on the VFE website, but it is really, really cool. Let’s take a closer look at that in the next round…