Originally Posted by makanudo
Hey TB. I happen to be playing in this heavy/thrash band where both guitarists like to add some mids to their tone and I am looking for some pointers on how to EQ next time we play.
Here's the deal. I like boosting both my low and hi mids and y really.. REALLY smack the strings against the fretboard, so I get this barky cutthroat tone I really like. But listening to some quick recordings we did this Saturday (nothing fancy just some bedroom shenanigans) I think I'm sounding a bit too barky and over the kick drum. I think the obvious would be to cut back until it sounds better but I've always dreaded them epic mid scoops and getting lost in the mix.
So what'cha think? How should I approach this?
There is an entire ocean of possibilities between boosting all your mids and "epic mid scoops." Your EQ is also affected by lots of factors other than just your amp's knob settings (your pickups, electronics, strings, playing style, etc.), so don't worry too much about what your EQ looks like on your amp.
You also might consider modifying your playing style, even if only slightly. Some of that "barky" attack may cause your basic tone to sound more like the guitars or other elements of the band's tones -- which is why I try to have a cleaner, rounder sound than most other rock/metal/sludge bassists that I know. I've long since given up on trying to figure out what sounds "coolest" if I play by myself, because the tone that sounds best in my band's mix is always way different. But if it's an important part of your sound, by all means keep at it and work on EQ and other options to compensate.
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