Warm, round sound of gospel bass
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.
The little Markbass 112 combo doesn't have the biggest low end I've ever heard, and it's small on top of that. Used to have one, sold it a few months later for that reason. Makes a wonderful first impression, but left me wanting for lows on a gig, and left me wanting to be able to reduce the silly amounts of high mid it puts out. Unfortunately, for bass, one of the trueisms of bass amplification is that bigger is always better sounding. Even the best sounding small cab on earth sounds better when you double it up.
But it's what you have, so if it were me, I'd probably try to reduce high mids a bit and increase low mids a bit, too.
can't really fault the amp, 1x12 is just too small to really thump! what you need is PA support or a bigger rig. I don't know if that amp can power additional speakers, that's something you should look into. the problem people have with markbass is mainly a perception issue; people want to take advantage of their small size/portability so they end up not buying enough amp for the job. so even though that 1x12 is a great little amp and beats most everything in its class, it's not gona cut it for most gigs. trust me, a little mark 3 and a 410 cab would work just fine.
I think that is a five string bass too. Correct me if I'm wrong but there are some seriously low notes in that track.
We use a 410 at the least for our praise band because we found all the smaller stuff we tried didn't have the "soul" we were looking for.
YMMV but I've walked down this road and I can "testify" to the truth of it!
I prefer my Fender Bassman 100T and the Fender neo 610 for the low part myself.
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