I’ve really enjoyed (and still use) the Villex pickup. The filter adjustments are really unique and offer lots of useful tonal options. I love the Villex product but I’m a gear junkie so when I saw the EMG option for the Railboard I immediately purchased it.
I purchased my first EMG pickup less than a year after EMG had been in business. I currently have EMG’s on all of my Sticks and most all of my bass guitars. That being said, I use EMG's for two reasons -
1) they have a distinct tonality that cuts thru any mix. The bass strings become one with the kick drum and the melody side just shimmers. This is critical when you play with bands or aggressive electronic sounds like drums or heavy synths.
2) I can use the same effects and compression settings uniformly across all of my basses and Sticks and it just works. It’s plug and play.
The bass sound on the Phil Collins cover is the EMG going directly into an 1176 compressor plugin. I use the Waves or the Arturia 1176 clones and set it to the factory preset for Bass. That’s it and it always works great.
The melody side goes through an amp simulation plugin. I use a lot of stuff but for the Phil Collins cover I used the Kuassa Ampiflikation Matchlok plugin. That plugin sounds almost exactly like a real tweed tube amp.
The goal is to give the Stick a simple but huge sound. That way when you play simple Stick parts they sound like a lot more than what they are. I love gear but sometimes simplicity is the key.
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