Tone frustrations...any advice?
First off, thanks in advance for any and all help.
Here's my rig:
Trace Elliot AH600SMX
Trace Elliot 4x10
Trace Elliot 1x15
Here's my issue, I play in a metal band, which of course is loud, and I like to do a little bit of everything. I love a big bottom end, but I'm having issues finding that balance between that and mids and highs. Slapping or tapping up high is completely lost. I thought adding the Bmax would help shape my tone, but its not helping too much.
I know this sounds very amateurish, but I've never delved too deep into the tone end of things. I used to freelance a ton, and do a lot of jazz type stuff. I felt like then it was much easier to have a balanced tone. I also wasn't having to push the output of the head as much as I'm doing now.
How do you have everything hooked up? What was the point of adding the BBE Bmax to your Trace Elliot head? EQ on the bass - where is everything set? What do the knobs look like on the Trace head? My guess is not enough midrange in the crucial 200-700hz zone. The key to metal bass tones is making a somewhat ugly tone on it's own. That will cut through in many situations. Sometimes a "big bottom end" is not practical in a metal band. What kind of tones are your guitar players using?
Some more information about your situation would help us help YOU a lot more.
I like that rig, although I prefer 8x10's. never a big fan of the tone of that bass though. Give us a little more info.
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