A sound question to the "Marcus Miller 5" owners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LOOVY, Dec 9, 2012.


  1. LOOVY

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    Few days ago I played on a friend's "Marcus Miller 5 " bass gtr ,

    It had this fat Fender tone full of fundamental , with not too many overtones , just how I like it ,

    A big bold round bass recording ready tone , with a shorter sustain and a very punchy tone ,

    Remind me a Bass loaded with flatwound strings but it actually was a standard "Daddario" strings and they were not old , one week new or so ...

    It also reminded me a bit a hollowbody sound with flats ,

    Is that the signature sound of this model or it just happen to be the one I played ?

    Do you recognize this sound from your MM5 ?

    Thanks
     
  2. LOOVY

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  3. Margus Alviste

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    I don't own any MM5 and I only played the MM4 but I think that it must be that particular MM5. Doesn't sound like the common MM sound at all.
     
  4. DJJazzV

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    Was it in Active or Passive mode? Sounds like Active with only the bass knob turned up to about 2 o'clock.
     
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  6. rimbaud

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    Normally, it should sound like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJl6GZLgF6o

    You don't say if strings are nickels or stainless steel, or flatwounds, or even halfround. If they are roundwonds, only 2 options:
    - you didn't manage to EQ properly that bass
    - the strings were nickels and they were dead. D'Addario XL nickels can die after 4 or 5 hours if you sweat a lot on them.

    I've already experienced that while lending my bass in a jam-sessions. Now I don't lend any bass cos' I want to keep my strings safe from dying to quickly. That's why I tend on the second option, more than the EQ....
     
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  8. LOOVY

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  9. im2jazzc4you

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    I have an MMV...Yes it FAT ! At first it's really hard for me to get the 'right' sound but i really loved the huge and bold tone of it. And yes the Passice mode is better than the Active, it had sweet vintage tone that i like. And now i've changed all the pickups and preamp so i can do gig with easily because i'm a session player. But overall im still using it until now coz i like the neck and the lihtweight body and it had a great 70s look as well...so it's still one of my favourite bass. Cheers ;)
     
  10. LOOVY

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    well , it looks like you also got the sound I'm taking about ,

    Did you listen to the sample I uploaded from this bass ?

    I'm curious to see if someone recognize this sound from his MM5 , that's a REDDI DI - ADL600 into ProTools ,

    Thanks
     
  11. im2jazzc4you

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    The link is cannot be open on my pad...so sorry :(
     
  12. LOOVY

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  13. LOOVY

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    Is the link ok now ?
     
  14. Margus Alviste

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    Yes, it works now. I think it's the question of very dull wood. I have had some experience with that kind of basses. Nothing helps if the wood is low quality.
     
  15. LOOVY

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    Well , for some kind of music styls this sound records like a dream ;)
     

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