Reggae sound on Roland Cube 100
I'm running a Gibson Thunderbird through an 8 band EQ (source audio) on my Roland Cube 100 for reggae rehearsals. It's more portable than my Markbass and Ampeg 410.
I'm having trouble finding a good sound, it's too growly and dark. I want it to be more mellow, maintain the low end without being too dark.
I've succeeded somewhat using the TE amp with the shape filter on, bass at 9, low mids at noon, and high mids and treble at 9 as well. I use the EQ pedal to boost 125hz a bit, cut some lows and some high end.
I only use the neck pickup on my T-bird, and have the tone at 0-4 or something like it.
Does anyone have any hints on what to try? I find the EQ quite hard to use on the Roland. I have to cut a lot to get a nice sound.
You might need to change out your amp, it may not have the low lows you want at the volume you need.
Try using a fleshy sideways pluck up near the neck.
Well, my Markbass has no issues with this at all, but i dont like to lug it around with the 410 cab for rehearsals. But you may be right, maybe the amp can't handle it...
The technique idea is a good one!
Any more ideas? maybe some EQ options?
You seem on the right track with the EQ to get biggest sound from little amp. You want everything 70hz and below to be minimalised, while giving 80 to 200hz a boost, I might try leaving the rest of the mids alone and cutting highs.
It's only a little amp, you can't perform miracles. Put it right in the room corner to get closer to nirvana. If that doesn't suit, back it right up to the wall and keep away from the corner by a good 8ft.
Get a real cab. Stash it at the rehearsal space. Drag your head and a cable. It doesn't have to be great. Troll Craigslist and snag an old Peavey 2x15 or Fender 4x10. Big heavy old mutha funker... They go for cheap and if you only need to move it a couple of times over it's useful life span...
If you've got a place to stash it for rehearsal without having to move it, this is DEFINITELY a good option. I got a Kasino Snake Eyes 2x15 for $160 on Craigslist, best cab purchase I ever made. This makes load-in/out much quicker and gives you more energy to play or help out the drummer if you feel like being nice ;)
A new cab or putting a bigger one at a rehearsal space isn't an option at the moment.
I'm gonna try out the EQ settings and some other things, see what happens :-)
Cutting lots of lows helps! I also use the "session" amp setting now, seems to lens itsself more to reggae than the TE amp setting.
Still, I never had to EQ to such extremes before. I'm gonna try my Yamaha BB415 with flats tomorrow, maybe that bass causes less issues. The pickups have less output than the Tbird...
If that doesnt work, I'll have to either accept a less-than-awesome tone for rehearsals, or look for a different combo...
Penny drops, TE setting is Trace Elliot scooped mids, you don't want that!
Lets know how the right hand technique change works out.
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