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Old 12-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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I was listening to a recording of my band playing and I noticed that some of the notes I play on bass don't come out as strong as others. I listened to myself play on the same bass without an amp and that didn't happen so I don't think
It's the neck. What do you think the problem is/ what is a solution? A compressor pedal perhaps?
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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A compressor will help even out the notes so one may be worth looking into getting.

Having said that, there is no substitute for good technique and learning to even out your playing yourself. This is something that it sounds like you need to work on and get a better feel of dynamic and even playing. Without working on that a compressor is just a bandaid on open gash.

In terms of the recording you are going to want to retrack it a few times and make sure you are playing through and trying to even your sound out. If you have the ability or someone else is doing IG you can take your best cuts from parts to make it better.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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I had a similar problem too.

Get distortion - everything will be loud.

Or get new strings.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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Get distortion - everything will be loud.


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But seriously, no amount of pedals will compensate for bad technique. It could just be that you're EQ'd a bit weird and a compressor is pretty much a must have for any bass player.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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A compressor will help even out the notes so one may be worth looking into getting.


^This. A compressor can make a very big difference. Since you are looking to smooth out the differences, a good way to set you compressor is to set the "Attack" and the "Decay" so that they take effect instantly, and then shut off almost instantly. This is highly recommended by Billy Sheehan in his instructional videos, and it works.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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^This. A compressor can make a very big difference. Since you are looking to smooth out the differences, a good way to set you compressor is to set the "Attack" and the "Decay" so that they take effect instantly, and then shut off almost instantly. This is highly recommended by Billy Sheehan in his instructional videos, and it works.

Oh I know a compressor is always good to have on your board. I'm not down playing that at all. Though working on smoothing out your playing is something that needs to be done. The pedal will definitely help but some time in the wood shed is essential.
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Oh I know a compressor is always good to have on your board. I'm not down playing that at all. Though working on smoothing out your playing is something that needs to be done. The pedal will definitely help but some time in the wood shed is essential.


Agreed. It is always about striking a balance between the two.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:23 AM   #8
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What did you record with? Most cheap recorders have automatic volume controls to avoid distortion and it seems to affect the bass more than most. It may also be an effect of the room acoustics. The bass always sounds weird on my little pocket digital recorder. I still record every gig but I'm confident it isn't really too much like the sound the audience gets.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:50 AM   #9
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Eh, I doubt it's a technique thing and to be honest I think it could be a frequency thing due to room acoustics and the way the rest of the band are EQ'd. I'd try getting a multiband compressor on the low frequencies.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! I'll try out all the helpful tips.
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One of the best pieces of kit that I use is a 5 band parametric EQ with variable EQ and bandwidth selection.
As well as pin pointing pulling back over strong frequencies you can also boost weaker frequencies.
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