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lavazza
08-01-2008, 11:07 AM
Do you use a distorted bass in your punk band?

I donīt really like the distorted bass sound, luckily our bassist thinks similar.

Fatal_Rage
08-01-2008, 11:13 AM
i tend to use my distortion pedal as a clean boost for bass solos i just turn the vol. level knob up with the dist. knob all the way down but sometimes distorted bass can sound really good if set right

kaizerkhan13
08-01-2008, 11:16 AM
the combo we borrowed for practice and gigs (lol,pretty sad) had a gain option on it. our bassist played around with it, and he distorded his a litle bit. but realy muddy bass sometimes doesnt fit with punk.

lavazza
08-01-2008, 11:25 AM
i tend to use my distortion pedal as a clean boost for bass solos i just turn the vol. level knob up with the dist. knob all the way down but sometimes distorted bass can sound really good if set right

in solos itīs ok, though a distorted bass nearly immediately sounds like Sick of it all or trashcore

FuzzyBear
08-01-2008, 11:27 AM
i hate distorted bass, hate it

BrianApocalypse
08-01-2008, 11:53 AM
Slightly overdriven bass can sound good when used in moderation, but distorted is definitely a no no :)

axeslash
08-01-2008, 12:07 PM
I'm not a huge fan of distorting mah bass, but I do like to basically crank the treble on it up to max. I hate that dull thud sound you get when most people play bass. I like my bass to have some flavor to it.

Zero Substance
08-01-2008, 12:47 PM
i love love love distorted bass. crust just isn't quite crust without it.

devourthekitten
08-01-2008, 03:44 PM
i love love love distorted bass. crust just isn't quite crust without it.
I do to. I use it in Diseased Cadaver, and it is very gangster.

BrianApocalypse
08-01-2008, 03:47 PM
I'm not a huge fan of distorting mah bass, but I do like to basically crank the treble on it up to max. I hate that dull thud sound you get when most people play bass. I like my bass to have some flavor to it.

I've come up with a really nice bass sound for K'gesang.

It's got low end, no muddy low mid, and midrange growl.

If kittens had a really deep growl, it would sound like that bass sound.

prplhazed
08-01-2008, 04:57 PM
I dont like distorting my bass. my amp has distortion but i think its broken
because it sounds mega ****ty

hardrock1315
08-01-2008, 06:41 PM
Distorted bass doesn't sound good in punk because punk guitar is mostly chords, and distorted bass works better with single note lines or octaves because it fills out the space.

pinheadslts75
08-01-2008, 06:55 PM
Distorted bass is more of a metal and industrial thing.

neidnarb11890
08-01-2008, 07:02 PM
I was playing my bass through my distortion pedal last night for ****s and giggles. I wouldn't use distorted bass in a punk band though.

gopherthegreat
08-01-2008, 07:28 PM
I'm not a fan of distorted bass.

sargasm
08-01-2008, 07:38 PM
I like it, as I'm sure everyone else who likes crust does.

Aside from crust though, there's not much point.

axeslash
08-01-2008, 07:47 PM
I wish you guys could hear this sweet song I recorded on bass. I ran a bass through a guitar filter on my friends recording program and it sounds sweet. It's hella distorted, and it's one of the few times it works.

gravytrain34
08-02-2008, 01:00 AM
I like messin around with distortion and other effects but I never use them in songs besides an envelope filter that I use occasionally

recklessnick
08-02-2008, 03:21 AM
misfits

Adarsh
08-02-2008, 04:01 AM
misfits

What about them?

lavazza
08-02-2008, 05:45 AM
What about them?

He was mentioning a reason not to use distorted bass

Adarsh
08-02-2008, 09:53 AM
He was mentioning a reason not to use distorted bass

Ah good, that's what I assumed. I thought the thread was about GOOD uses of distorted bass, hence the confusion.

I_Pwn
08-02-2008, 07:45 PM
When my band practices the bass is always distorted, cause it's pretty much in-audible unless I put all the settings up to 10, haha. At shows I like the sound to have balls, but not really distorted.

Doolittle
08-02-2008, 11:17 PM
I don't like it, though a few bands I do like use distorted bass. When I bass around in my band, I like the clean feel. BUT DATS JUS ME.

neidnarb11890
08-02-2008, 11:28 PM
I don't like it, though a few bands I do like use distorted bass. When I bass around in my band, I like the clean feel. BUT DATS JUS ME.
You're bass can sound a wee tad bit overdriven if you turn it up enough.
Although it usually isn't.
But it was with that first head you got. :p:

llanafreak44
08-03-2008, 12:18 AM
Look up the album Where The Sun Never Sets for a good distorted bass.

Doolittle
08-03-2008, 12:57 AM
You're bass can sound a wee tad bit overdriven if you turn it up enough.
Although it usually isn't.
But it was with that first head you got. :p:
That was actually a combo amp, now I have the head + cab set up, which can become distorted which is lame.

neidnarb11890
08-03-2008, 01:02 AM
That was actually a combo amp, now I have the head + cab set up, which can become distorted which is lame.
No no, that first head you got, and it was distorted as **** even at low volumes. Then you exchanged it for the one you have now. That was a combo?
Or are you talking about your former combo amp (our current "PA")?

lavazza
08-03-2008, 08:45 AM
^I see PMS will split because the guitar and the bass are arguing^^

devourthekitten
08-03-2008, 02:16 PM
I like it, as I'm sure everyone else who likes crust does.

Aside from crust though, there's not much point.
It's nice to have a crustoid as a mod.

Fedayee
08-03-2008, 02:47 PM
Being in a primarily ska group, we don't really do anything distorted. Even on the non-ska songs, I prefer overdriven guitars, but that's not really the topic of this thread, now is it?
Bass sounds amazing when its clean because it is not compressed nor does it encroach on any of the other musicians.

kaptink
08-03-2008, 03:21 PM
I prefer a punchy, sometimes slightly gainy sound. I only use my fuzz for special occasions.

StreetLight3989
08-03-2008, 03:28 PM
I do not like distorted bass at all.

JesusOfSbrbia
08-03-2008, 03:41 PM
I like clean bass with lots of treble. In my last band, my bassist was using a guitar head with a bass cab, and the head didn't have enough output for bass, so he had to use the distorted channel. My bandmates thought it sounded punk as ****, I absolutely hated it.

Doolittle
08-03-2008, 10:15 PM
No no, that first head you got, and it was distorted as **** even at low volumes. Then you exchanged it for the one you have now. That was a combo?
Or are you talking about your former combo amp (our current "PA")?
Ah yes, I've blocked that thing out of my memory heh

^I see PMS will split because the guitar and the bass are arguing^^
Nah, I clash with everyone, so it's nothin'

werty22
08-03-2008, 10:39 PM
Adding some subtle distortion and cranking the mids can really help fill out the sound of a band with only one guitarist during solos. Other than that, I prefer clean bass.

neidnarb11890
08-03-2008, 10:51 PM
Ah yes, I've blocked that thing out of my memory heh
I thought I was going crazy for a second. :p:

Adding some subtle distortion and cranking the mids can really help fill out the sound of a band with only one guitarist during solos. Other than that, I prefer clean bass.
Or if there IS no guitar ( :eek: )

lavazza
08-04-2008, 04:19 AM
Nah, I clash with everyone, so it's nothin'

yes yes.......tststs......these bass players, always drinking and playing the deep e string

cherry_bomb
08-04-2008, 12:53 PM
nah, i like a trebly sound to my bass. my friend says i might as well play guitar again :P

InstantAXonHero
08-04-2008, 06:25 PM
Doesn't bother me as long as they don't use a pick, **** that picks on a bass.

opivy21
08-04-2008, 08:07 PM
It works with certain sounds.

werty22
08-04-2008, 11:08 PM
I don't mind if people use picks with bass as long as their tone isn't too trebly (like Matt Freeman). If they have a deep or punchy tone, it sounds alright for fast-paced songs.

neidnarb11890
08-05-2008, 01:14 AM
I don't mind if people use picks with bass as long as their tone isn't too trebly (like Matt Freeman). If they have a deep or punchy tone, it sounds alright for fast-paced songs.
Word.
A lot of my favorite bassists play with picks. Off the top of my head, I think Mike Watt is the only one who doesn't. Oh, and Jeremiah Tillman.