Mantic Conceptual Vitriol
This is a new discovery for me. It’s by a newer company out of Denver that’s doing some really interesting things. They told me the Mantic Conceptual Vitriol is a distortion based on an old DOD pedal, but souped up. It’s really beefy but clear, and very present and articulate. It can be as bassy as you want without getting muddy, with this layer of distortion that doesn’t get lost in the mix. I’ve used it a little bit live and for recording, and it sounds great in both circumstances, which isn’t always the case. It doesn’t have a blend because it doesn’t need it—the bass goes straight through it. I love it. I got it a few months ago, and it has already become an essential piece.
“The biggest sound I ever make with my bass is the combination of the Sovtek fuzz with the Micro Synth. When I use those two together, it’s just huge. Nothing else fits in the mix.” —Juan Alderete
Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer
Alderete: My pick is the Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer—but it has to be an old one. I use them a ton. It’s on half of the Vato Negro Bumpers
record. Anytime you hear those swooping synthesizer envelopes, it’s that. It has a huge
sub octave. It’s a little noisy, but you can deal with it. The biggest sound I ever make with my bass is the combination of the Sovtek fuzz with the Micro Synth. When I use those two together, it’s just huge. Nothing else fits in the mix. [Laughs.
] I take up the entire spectrum.