I started the build with my TC Electronic tuner at the front, followed by my Guyatone BR2 Bottom Wah Rocker. This envelope filter is great for funky riffs. In the set, we do Positive Contact and that track has a synth that has an enveloped synthesizer line and I achieve the same sound via this pedal. They don’t make this pedal any longer though I heard Godlyke may be making a version!
Speaking of Godlyke, I follow the BR2 with Totally Wicked Audio’s Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver. This pedal is massive in sound and gets my bass to sound like a bass synthesizer. I hit this pedal whenever I double up with big bass synthesizers in the set. This pedal is huge, deep and subsonic! When I hit this pedal, the band and soundman definitely know that I did.
The next part of the pedalboard is essentially my bass sound throughout the set. My Boss CS-2 compressor in conjunction with my DOD FX10 Bi-Fet preamp. The FX10 Bi-FET Preamp was designed as a preamp for acoustic instruments (such as piezo-equipped acoustic-electric guitars), but I use it as an equalizer of sorts where I boost the low end to help out the flatwound strings sound heavier.
Of course, since Deltron 3030 is hip-hop, I crank the DOD Meatbox up whenever I want to compete with the 808’s! I love hitting the PA like an 808 and the Meatbox is the only pedal that allows me to get that subharmonic quality. I use this pedal a lot in the set and at times, I have it on for an entire song!
The next effect pedal in my chain is my favorite tremolo, Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird! This tremolo cuts harder than any other on the market. Any sound I create gets chopped up at the end by this pedal in a similar fashion to a DJ transforming. The new Hummingbird also has an expression pedal out to control the speed of the tremolo but since I didn’t have room in my luggage, I had to leave the expression pedal home.
And my last pedal is Hotone’s Wally Looper. I keep the sampler at the end so any sound I create can be sampled and looped. I sometimes use the pitch knob to drop a sample an octave lower to really rumble the venue. Sometimes, I will just spin a sample up an octave just to create madness. I rarely use the sampler to loop a bass line…it is usually for just sampling something crazy and looping it as an effect.
No more shows for Deltron this year, but we did record a new record and we should be on the road next summer. I will post that pedalboard when I build it!