#1
hi im new to the bass scene
and i have a line 6 lowdown 15w bass amp plugged into an ibanez sr 300
and i was wondering how i could get a good sound to play orion by metallica since im auditioning soon and i want to get a close tone to the original
my amp has 4 models clean, R&B, Rock and Grind
and has 5 knobs whiuch are drive, bass, lo mid, hi mid and treble and a knob that sais op to comp which i dont really know what it does
also theres a filter octaver and chorus knob?

please help me find the right tone thanx in advance
#2
Quote by amrkamel99
hi im new to the bass scene
and i have a line 6 lowdown 15w bass amp plugged into an ibanez sr 300
and i was wondering how i could get a good sound to play orion by metallica since im auditioning soon and i want to get a close tone to the original
my amp has 4 models clean, R&B, Rock and Grind
and has 5 knobs whiuch are drive, bass, lo mid, hi mid and treble and a knob that sais op to comp which i dont really know what it does
also theres a filter octaver and chorus knob?

please help me find the right tone thanx in advance


I hope you're not thinking about auditioning with that 15w amp. You wont be able to hear yourself at all.

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EDIT: also, use your ears. Keep on messing with the knobs until you find a sound which you think is good. if you think it is good, it is good.

also that tone comes from technique aswell, not just equalisation.
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#3
I'd probably start with:

Amp on clean
no drive
bass knob at 12 o' clock
low mid knob at 1 or 2 o' clock
high mid at 12
high at 11

try that and play around with it. The bass will make it sound more like a lower note and the high will make it sound more like a higher note. The mid gives it a little more punch.

I'd also throw just a little bit of that chorus in.
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#4
Quote by shinhoman
I hope you're not thinking about auditioning with that 15w amp. You wont be able to hear yourself at all.

x

EDIT: also, use your ears. Keep on messing with the knobs until you find a sound which you think is good. if you think it is good, it is good.

also that tone comes from technique aswell, not just equalisation.


well the 15w amp is the best starter amp i could get with my budget
and the band im auditioning too is pretty small time play at small gigs and clubs
#5
Quote by EBass
I'd probably start with:

Amp on clean
no drive
bass knob at 12 o' clock
low mid knob at 1 or 2 o' clock
high mid at 12
high at 11

try that and play around with it. The bass will make it sound more like a lower note and the high will make it sound more like a higher note. The mid gives it a little more punch.

I'd also throw just a little bit of that chorus in.


thanx man i apreciate the help i started from ur settings and played around a bit till i got the exact tone i wanted thanx m8
#6
Quote by amrkamel99
well the 15w amp is the best starter amp i could get with my budget
and the band im auditioning too is pretty small time play at small gigs and clubs


I really don't want to put a downer on you because I think it's great that you're trying to get into a band and get yourself out there but seriously you can not gig with a 15 watt amp and be heard anywhere. The drums will simply drown you out. If you're serious about gigging with any band you want to save up for at least a 200 watt bass amp
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I really don't want to put a downer on you because I think it's great that you're trying to get into a band and get yourself out there but seriously you can not gig with a 15 watt amp and be heard anywhere. The drums will simply drown you out. If you're serious about gigging with any band you want to save up for at least a 200 watt bass amp

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#9
yeah pretty much flatten the amp and distort the hell out of it.
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#10
I was more than ok when I used to jam with my 100W Traynor standing beside drummer so you'd be fine at that wattage, I dont agree he would have to have 200.

I've got a fender 400 combo that I can barely touch the volume knob on now so thats excessive (but it sounds sooo good).
#11
Quote by shinhoman
I hope you're not thinking about auditioning with that 15w amp. You wont be able to hear yourself at all.


Then he's got the Metallica sound nailed then
#12
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I was more than ok when I used to jam with my 100W Traynor standing beside drummer so you'd be fine at that wattage, I dont agree he would have to have 200.

I've got a fender 400 combo that I can barely touch the volume knob on now so thats excessive (but it sounds sooo good).


This.

I sometimes run my amp at 75 watts for practices and such, and I have no problems competing with drums.

The correlation between loudness and wattage is not as linear as many amp companies would have you believe.
#13
Just get (if you want the same thing pretty much)
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Wah Pedal

But don't try to get the same thing as him be orginal play your own style and try to find your own sound.

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#14
to get Cliff's bass sound, just turn the volume knob all the way down, for studio.


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right no he was a great bassist but you totally can't hear him in the studio.
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#15
Well his tone was massively fuzzed out most of the time, if you mean the interlude part in the middle just use your ears and find some mellow sounding shiz. But you're not going to be heard period unless you have a mic in front of your amp or something.
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#16
Not having a decent amp really isnt that much of a problem where I live (Glasgow) - auditions usually take place in a rehearsal studio and most pub/ club gigs supply the backline. Of course, its preferable to have your own rig but I find with bass its relatively easy to get a workable tone from most things. I sold my 300 watt ashdown rig a few years ago and I've not really missed it too much!
#17
Cliffs tone came from a mixture of the pedals he used, that classic Rick he used (or his Aria Pro on MoP), and the fact that on his Rock he had a Fender Strat guitar pickup right under the bridge to gett that extra treble.

Saying that, Cliff can be kind of hard to hear on most metallica mixes, although I can hear him more than Jason