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Old 06-18-2006, 05:14 PM   #41
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Alex,

Your EQ is your main weapon in tone acquisition. I leave my bass flat mainly and use the EQ on my GK, it's much better quality.

Obviously an EQ basically boosts or cuts certain frequencies in your sound. Your bass sound is made of up of more than one frequency and when these are boosted or attenuated it gives your abss a completely different tone. just as your eq does on your bass. I cant tell you what to set it to, as it depends on the sound you want your bass to make. I havent posted in this thread really because i change my bass settings so much, the list would be endless and i am always fiddling. i can make myself believe a 5mm turn makes a difference. i think it does, as you have to be easy with the EQ, as you can balls up your sound. of course, it's no trouble to put it back so it's good to experiment. i learnt about EQ in my sound engineering course and it's a vast subject, but i learnt more by listening to records and trying to replicate the tone i hear by messing around.

just play and see what you find. Play an open E, and then turn the treble all the way up and down while it rings out, then think about how it is affecting our sound.


And a question to UTBDan...

Why the Geddy Jazz over the Marcus Miller? I've been eyeing up the MM Jazz bass, it appeals to me greatly...


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Old 06-18-2006, 05:36 PM   #42
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Geddy Lee over MM because it costs less. lol.
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:34 PM   #43
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does anyone know how to get duff mckagans sound with a jazz bass?
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:38 PM   #44
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does anyone know how to get duff mckagans sound with a jazz bass?



funny, i was going to ask same question lol....
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:41 PM   #45
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The Settings for the Bassist from spinal tap (and both Guitarists oddly enough)

Bas=+11
Mid=+11
Tre=+11
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:52 PM   #46
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Your bass sound is made of up of more than one frequency and when these are boosted or attenuated it gives your abss a completely different tone.


if i wanted to tone my abs, id do some cardio and sit ups
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:36 PM   #47
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my tone

Amp (SWR Workingmans 12 Combo):
Bass + 65%
Mids + 30%
Highs + 40%
These settings work great with my combo...Some people say 12" speakers cant handle the bass but I wouldnt really know since I dont turn my bass up to 11...I have pushed the combo to full power quite a few times though, Gain and Volume up to 100% and it worked well...

Bass (Ibanez SR506):
Bass +20%
Mids +20%
Treble +20%
The settings on the bass vary with whatever I'm playing at the moment...I usually boost the EQ on the bass just a tad to try and get the natural tone of my bass...
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:24 PM   #48
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I want heavy metal sound kinda, how should I have the settings on my amp?
I don't understand this with bass, mids and stuff.. on my amp I have:


PREAMP: Gain, Volume
How much gain should I have together with volume? (If I have lets say.. 10% volume, how much gain should I have?)

NOTCH: Frequency
What should I have here?

Equalizer:
63, 150, 350, 800, 2K, 5K


How should I have the settings for a good heavy metal sound?
NOTE: I can't put the stuff on 0-10, theres no numbers.. just.. nothing and max and anywhere in between that...

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Old 07-27-2006, 05:13 PM   #49
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Bass: 10
Mids: 8
Treb: 5

Slap Bass
Bass: 8
Mids: 2
Treb: 9

Split-Coil Pickup
Volume: 10
Treble: 3

Single Coil Pickup
Volume: 5
Trebel: 10
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:41 PM   #50
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I play alot of Rush and have been searching for the perfect setting but cant quite find it btw i am looking for Rush's earlier sounds... any suggestions
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:48 PM   #51
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Bass at like 40%
Low Mid 100%
High Mid 100%
High - 0%

At the high high risk of sounding stupid, does anyone know what 'Level' does? (yes, i realize i should look in the manuel or the website or whatever). It seems to just be like..volume..only theres already a volume knob.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:06 PM   #52
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^That would depend on the amp you are using. What brand/model of amp do you have?
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:11 PM   #53
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Bass EQ:

Treble cut slighty, both pickups, active mode + bass left neutral

Amp EQ: (goes from -5 to +5 except gain)

general:
Gain: 3
Low: 4ish
840ish Hz on mid knob
mids: 3ish
Treble: 4ish

slap: turn mid frequency knob down a bit more, and then completely scoop the mids
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:13 PM   #54
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does anyone know how i would get the sound of eric wilson from sublime?
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:24 PM   #55
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does anyone know how i would get the sound of eric wilson from sublime?

This is what I set my amp at when I'm playing ska or reggae.

Countour all the way up, presence at 11 o'clock.
Treble: 9 o'clock
Hi-mid: 11 o'clock
Low mid: 11 o'clock
Bass: 3 o'clock

I use only the neck pickup on my bass, and play with fingerstyle. I rest my thumb on the neck and play between the neck and the neck pickup.
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:45 PM   #56
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for me (fingerstyle)

bass - 4
mid - 4
treble - 1

i have a bass and treble knob on my bass that are bother at half way...adn they supply the bass and treble..
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Old 07-28-2006, 12:32 AM   #57
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Right now it depends on what bass I'm running.

The gibson g-3
Bass - 7
Mids - 8
Highs - 6

The bass has alot of natural midrange without sounding like a tin can.

Warwick Fortress One fretless
Bass - 9
Mids- 7
Highs - 6-8 (somewhere between, depending on my mood.)
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:51 AM   #58
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Amp - Stagg (?) Piece of Crap.

But I get to use a Trace Elliot, so ill tell you my settings on that.

High - 7
Mid - 7
Low - 9

Bass Spector Q4 Pro - Passive, unfortunately.

Bridge - Volume Full, Tone Full

Neck - Volume Half, Tone Full
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:59 AM   #59
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Amp

Input (gain I guess)- like 5 and half I guess, it's past half way but lower then my Bass and low mid knobs.
Bass- 6
220 Hz (Low mids)- 6
Middle- Just over 2
1.6 kHz (High Mids)- 8 or 9
Treble- Around 7

Bass

Master Volume- Full duh
Pickup Blender/Selector- P pickup only ( I have the P/J Deluxe-whatever-add-some-more-names-in-there-Fender-Bass)
Bass- Full
Treble- Full
Mid Boost/Cut- Full, as in mid are fully there, not fully cut :P

Nice thick, punchy tone, just need a 1x15 or 2x12 for some more lows now.

EDIT: ah yes, I almost forget about my sweet sweet Ashdowns other features, my bright, deep, and in/out EQ switches are all on. Sub-harmonics off.

This works great with pick and fingerstyle. Plus my pedals give me a low end boost and a deeper thicker sound. Even natural my amp sounds great though.
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:59 AM   #60
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I have somewhat on odd EQ, my ashdown has a "deep" and "bright" buttons which increase bass and treble respectively, but increase the bass and treble of every EQ range... if that even makes sense.

Anyway, I also have a 5 band EQ and I go for this.


Bass: 4
Low Mids: 6
Mids: 1/2
High Mids: 8
Treble: 6

With both the "deep" and "bright" buttons pressed.

sometimes I use the "sub harmonic" feature which produces a note an octave lower than the one i'm playing and blends it in.

Ashdown amps are fun.
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