Submarine Bass Fuzz

I love effects pedals, tone shaping and the mangling of audio signals. I still have an original Arbiter Fuzz Face, a Maestro Fuzztain and the old school op amps version of the Little Big Muff as well as the original Big Muff Pie and other overdrives and distortion pedals too numerous to list, (or that I’m just too lazy to list).

In my opinion there are very few fuzz/distortion pedals that work well on bass. One reason is that usually the pedal will kill the low end of the source and the other reason is that they generally muddy up definition and attack. Both of these criteria are addressed with this pedal. Enter the Submarine Bass Fuzz made by Noise Diet.

The Submarine Bass Fuzz is the brainchild and labor of love of Blake Pickering who just so happens to play the bass in a band called SwampheavY. SwampheavY are, as their name implies Swampy and wait for it…. Heavy. See this post for more info on the band and a sample of what the Submarine sounds like.

imageThe Submarine comes with an on/off switch that is true bypass.  This is a plus as most fuzz pedals color your tone even before being engaged. There is a red led indicator light that comes on when the pedal is active that is located just above and to the right of the footswitch, which in my opinion could be located more up towards the top right of the pedal face.
The pedal is powered by a standard boss style 9v adapter. There are two control pots on the pedal, a volume on the top left and a tone knob on the bottom left. Being a simple design does not stop this pedal from getting a wide range of tone and distortion. I was initially skeptical of the range of tone that this pedal boasted by it’s creator and pleasantly taken aback by the general gnarliness that the pedal affords the player.

When the pedal is engaged, the sound has no noticeable drop out of the low end and to my surprise the attack was prominent as well. I chose to put the pedal through some paces.  I was curious to see how the pedal would perform with a guitar rig and a guitar. I put the pedal through a range of tube guitar amps ranging from 10 watts to 120 watts.

I also used the pedal through three different bass amps and was very pleased at how well it performed with solid state amps. Most fuzz pedals sound gritty and have a tendency towards an unpleasant digital clipping sound that may indeed have it’s place among some people’s preferences.

image2The Submarine performed well and at lower volumes had an almost gated sound. This pedal performed well being turned up (on the pedal’s volume) and had some really great artifacts that it produces when used as a full-on-over-the-top fuzz. The pedal exhibits a self-generated oscillation that was pleasing and unique to this pedal. The Submarine is a low end dream as far as tone and it can go from mildly gruff to full-on tubes-a-spitting-and-snarling. This pedal definitely has earned it’s place on my pedal board.  At just $159.00 and free shipping, (Washington State Residents add tax) this pedal is definitely worth every dollar to satisfy your tonal destruction fancies.

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Disemballerina mixed and mastered

Disemballerina mixes are done and we are finished mastering them for digital release and vinyl to be released soon with GRACELESS RECORDINGS.
You can listen and download their record below.
Disemballerina
Disemballerina will be touring the west coast mid-AUGUST of this year (2014) — Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene, Oakland. Click here for more info on the tour and added dates.

We just now finishing mixing the new Devil Worshiper with former members of Royal Talons. Be looking for updates on this in the next post.

Next up is tracking vocals for the PEGADETH record with the women of Helms Alee, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Don Peyote and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.

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SwampheavY record

The SwampheavY recording is officially done and is avaialable as a digirelease on bandcamp. We tracked this live in the live room at Witch Ape and then overdubed vocals. Stoked for these guys. Please support and feel free to repost in copious amounts. Keep an eye out for these guys and look for a fuzz pedal review to come of the bass player’s bass fuzz “Submarine” pedal.

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The Brothers record is mixed

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH debut recording update: We have the final mixes for the record and we are extremely satisfied with the Billy Anderson mix treatments that we did at Everything Hz.  Nine songs have been mixed.
BotSC-EverythingHzBilly has been a treat to work with and has added dimensions and sonic depths that only he could have brought to these songs. When a band talks about having a fourth member, (a mix engineer/recording engineer/soundman) that have contributed to the music in such a way that it brings out things in the mix and out of the songs that is greater than the sum of it’s parts, we know what that means.
We will be working with Billy in the future for our next recording.  In the meantime, we can’t wait to find a home for these songs with a record label that understands us and is willing to back us to get this music to the people. Next up is mastering with Justin Weis at Trakworx!

-photo cred. Alyssa Herman

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New show announced pt. 2

BotSC promo picOn Sunday April 13, 2014 BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will be playing a show at The Northern located at 414 1/2 Legion Way, Olympia, WA  along with Old Iron, Big Red Sun and Mercenaries. This will be an all ages event.

Also, the day before on Saturday April 12, 2014 BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will be participating in the S.E.S Presents BLEAK OUTLOOK Vol. 2 in Tacoma which is a three day DIY-all ages event.

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