Another 'How does he get that tone' Thread...
As many others have, I'm trying to figure out what is being used to get the tone in this clip. I can't seem to find out who this bass player is.
Looks like he has Markbass gear on stage - two 4x10 cabs, but with a production of that size I assume he's going direct and it could be the backline for the festival. In other clips I've seen he's using a Fender jazz 5-string, and in this its a jazz style bass of some sort. They rarely show anything but a glimpse of him (her?).
To me, what's distinctive about this tone is what I would attempt to characterize as the ripping kind of growl, almost as if its breaking up. The tone seems tight and direct, not woofy or muddy at all to my ear.
Its particularly evident when he lays on the B string, and at one point he slides down from E to C.
This is a longer clip, but the tone can be heard most distinctly at these places:
5:48 - 6:09 (the slide)
1:08 - 1:47
The last song is synth bass only.
Thanks for your comments.
He runs a DI to the PA. They do something there, and spit it back out through the mains/subs.
Really sounds direct into the board (not hearing amp or flavor from live mains) with either a detuned bass or an octave pedal.
I'll agree that it sounds direct to the board. Sounds pretty heavily compressed out of the mains.
The biggest component to that tone is a relatively sparse (for the genre) arrangement, and a bassist playing very well.
At big venues, the stage amp is rarely if ever heard in the mains. Could also be that the bassist is hearing himself DI'd through in-ears or the stage monitor system, rather than his bass amp.
Is anybody hearing any distortion or drive applied to that tone, or does it sound like a pretty clean feed from the bass?
Sounds to me like its a little overdriven or almost distorted. I'm also assuming that the recording is coming direct from the board, so we're not hearing what the mains or subs are doing to it. Could be wrong there.
Thanks for the replies.
IMO there's compression and maybe some sub-octave blended in as silky and B-string suggested. Could be some OD too, but it's hard to tell with so much high end rolled off.
Didn't sound very distorted to me, bro, if at all.
Hard to tell if the gain may have been too hot on the board.
Yep, sounds quite clean. No OD IMO.
i like that bass tone for a pop production. can't be bothered to plug in and do a comparison ( ;) ) but it sounds very low-tuned - maybe a half step or full step down from a regular B?
nice playing, good to hear the bass cranked high in a live pop mix. no drive that i could hear. nice clean FOH sound.
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