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Please help to figure out how to achieve this tone

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by AndrewTaran, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. AndrewTaran

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    So much of that tone is coming from the player's attack and right-hand consistency...also, there's virtually NO (left hand) fret noise. I wonder where the tone knob on the bass is set. Guy's got great technique. Really, it's all in the hands.
  4. mccartneyman

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    Direct sound, I assume, not from the Ampeg behind him. However, this is the classic P bass sound of the '50s and '60s. Most likely flats, probably old flats. On a P bass, with the right strings, having the tone control dimed actually gives a very round, full, punchy sound just like this, both direct and through an amp. I ran my '59 P with heavy LaBella flats through an old Bassman 50 watt head driving two JBL D140s for years back in the '60s, and this was the live sound I got through that amp. Never used compression, never went direct. The most valuable piece of advice I ever received about EQ from a vet player was to turn the treble knob on my Bassman to 10 and run the bass knob on about 4.
  5. AndrewTaran

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    Thanx everyone! I just fell in love with this bass tone, so I tried flats for the first time in my life and I'm in love!
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    I tried to listen to it, and i cant hear anything, is the bass too back in the mix?
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    that sounds a little too fast and "bendy" to be flats, so i'm thinking regular rounds, just with really nice compression, EQ, and touch.
  10. zxcvbs

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    Yes, i can hear it now, the machine where i work, is having some problem.
    It reminds me of Tony Levin, with Peter Gabriel.
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    I'm also not hearing flats. And I also did not hear 50/60 's sound but thought of the 80's. But that could be psychoacoustics induced by new wavy hairstyles.
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    Maybe I'm not alone in linking this sound to the 80's. Can't remember any flats in the 80's
  13. Dr3thepooner

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    P-Bass with tone rolled off + Ampeg head / cab lows and low mids slightly boosted. Done.
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    he's playing a p bass...

    so.. theres that. weather its rounds or flats doesn't matter, i doubt its fresh rounds with the tone knob all the way open though.

    a haircut like the lead singers will likely help.

    maple fingerboard?

    idk.

    just get any good p-bass and you'll be in the ballpark i think.
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    This is the elusive live growl sound I seek but can never get in a live situation. This has prompted me to seek out tasty quieter bands recently. I'm a stickler for sound quality and bass is one of the toughest challenges there is to get right on stage. I have been dealing with it by placing my cabinet up on a wooden stool to get that clear and instant feedback that I need. Of course this sounds different out on the dance floor as the bass sound develops. I find I'm becoming more appreciative of a semi unplugged performance where all is in balance and everyone can be heard.

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