All amps sounds the same?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Harper, Feb 3, 2023.

  1. Harper


    Nov 10, 2001
    This is quite interesting. It's guitar, but I'd assume the same applies to bass amps, no?

  2. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France
    blasphemy question for a clickbait vid
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  3. Harper


    Nov 10, 2001
    I mean....unless he's cheating in the video, it all sounds pretty close.
  4. Reinforces why I’ve never paid attention to anyone’s opinion about what something sounds like.
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  5. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Nope... close but nope...
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  6. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Or why I ignore self-appointed experts on Youtube.
  7. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    My Tubeworks RT-3300 did not sound anything like my Ibanez Promethean P500h, and neither of them sound like my Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.2 through the same cab with the same bass. That's my own research and conclusion.
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  8. No, that's not what the video says. Jim's point is when you dial in each amp so the frequency response is flat, then they will sound identical through the same speaker cabinet. Otherwise, each amp has its own sound because the tone stacks and associated speaker cabinets are different. That doesn't mean all amps are identical. It means find the flat settings on your amp so you can learn how the tone stack works and dial in your sound more easily.
  9. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Except that in many cases, it's not possible to adjust the amp for "flat response".

    This is a guy taking a semi-valid "theory" and then extrapolating to a false conclusion. This is especially true when you take the generation of harmonics and texture into account.
  10. Grinderman


    Dec 21, 2013
    Los Angeles
    He really leans into that line, "Now I'm just a performer; I don't know anything about..."
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  11. Grinderman


    Dec 21, 2013
    Los Angeles
    And he just happens to have all of those amps with their very particular features so he can record them to set up rhetorical questions about how things sound, based off of audio replays on YouTube.

    The setup seems kind of like a humble brag/flex.
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  12. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Two different amps on identical cabinets.
    They're both excellent but they clearly sound different. No matter how I try I cannot get them to sound identical, and that's a good thing. IMG_20221209_140009600~2.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2023
  13. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Same here, I have three different amps (GK MB500 Fusion, Aguilar TH500 and Genz Benz Shuttle 6.2) and all of them sound different then the others...
  14. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Life is so much better when you stay away from sites like YouTube….
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Like most of the guys/gals on YouTube..
  16. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    If it's on YouTube, it absolutely must be true!
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  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Um…nice hair.
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  18. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Agreed! I have the identical cabs, and a TT-800 and LMIII. Both heads have very unique tonal palettes, which is why I keep both around.

    As you and I are nearby, may all four cabinets together would make them sound the same? :roflmao:
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  19. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I have a bunch of different amps. Why? Because they all sound different.

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  20. Anyone who's been playing a long time knows that each one of us has, almost at a DNA level, a tone from the back of our mind we need to sound like. THAT's what's going on.

    Put me in one of those rooms with all those different rigs with a bass and a cable, give me about five minutes on each one, and owing to some differences in the amp topology and the difference in cabs, I'm gonna sound like me on each one as I work through them.

    You will too.