Gospel bass tone
A lot of gospel bass players have a really fat, warm fingerstyle sound that I haven't been able to get yet. I'm playing a Lakland 5594 which is a great bass. I'm playing through a markbass 1x12 combo.
I'm thinking that maybe the equipment or electronics might have something to do with the sound these guys have as most of them usually play either MTD or Ken Smith basses. However, I'd be surprised if that same tone isn't achievable on a 5594.
Here is an example. Fast forward to 4:00 and listen from there.
Are there any obvious ingredients in this tone? Why can't I get that tone with my 5594 and my 1x12? I can get nice tones but none of the tones I can get have that lovely warmth and roundness. The obvious thing to do might be to add more bass but that seems to just make the sound more muddy and take away clarity rather than add warmth.
Thanks for the advice.
Why not try letting the leader or another band member adjust your bass tones the way they think it should sound?
Try dropping your tuning down 1/2 or a whole - I go down to A, a lot go to Bb. That makes a big difference in tone --- and also gives you access to the bottom Bb/Eb/Ab etc.
Also try panning heavy to your bridge pup and turn the bass up
looks like a mid dip and boosted bass
What strings are you using?
Get some more mid scoop happening before boosting the bass beyond "flat". Detuning will do this as well.
I just did a quick YouTube search and came up with this:
It might be a little simplistic, but worth watching (most of it anyway).
I think maybe if you keep your EQ flat and adjust the 2 Built-in effects in differing combinations, you should be able to get the sound you seek.
There are other videos on YT with your amp as well, and they show different sounds using different settings, you may find one you like that way.
Hope it helps!
This isn't an EQ situation unless you're doing something with your EQ to obscure the sound... particularly scooping the mids.
The predominant factor in this is how you strike the string with your plucking hand and how you fret with the other. As a former 55-94 owner I'm pretty sure your bass isn't an overwhelming issue.
So this comes down to basics... how and where are you plucking? Are you plucking with fingertips or the pads of your finger? Plucking down into the body or across it? Do you have fingernails that are striking the string?
Sometimes action can be a factor but since I've seen people who like higher action get tones similar to what I do with lower actions... that too is player specific.
To get this vibe here's what I do: I generally pluck with the pads of my fingers. It gives alot more tonal flexibility and control than the tips. And no fingernails to get in the way. For the stacatto notes I pluck quickly and very slightly unfret with my left hand. That immediately stops the note. I can also do this by muting the string with another finger on my right hand.
The pads allow the notes to "sing" more IMO IME. Smoother attack that sounds bigger without muddying things up. After this, it's about keeping your signal chain from screwing up all of your hard work.
For me, that means keeping the volume up on my bass with very minor if any EQ tweaks (usually none). From there it goes into my amp, where I employ the same mentality. Turn it up and let the chips fall. This is a bad think if you haven't really figured out how to control your bass and a wonderful thing if you have.
Once you figure out how to play like this the instrument rarely gets in the way. BTW all of my recommendations are meant for in the mix use. If you're trying to sound good at home (barring turning the accompanying audio at home to gig levels) prior to figuring things out in the mix it can sound wrong. Work it out in the mix first.
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