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Amp for death metal

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BaSs_FrEak, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. BaSs_FrEak


    Aug 4, 2004
    hey i was wondering what the best amp for death metal would be i was looking at the ampeg B5R but tell me what you guys think
  2. TheChariot


    Jul 6, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Ah Death Metal... I just filled in on bass for a death metal band last week. :) Fun task.

    When your thinking of what "Amp" will sound best... you should think more of what "rig" would be best. Your cabs are just as important--if not MORE important--than your head. When you think of this... its best to factor in how much weight your going to be hauling, how much power you want/need, how you want your tone, and most importantly.... $$$$$MONEY$$$$$!!!

    The B5R is a decent head I guess... but its overpriced, IMO. Plus, you'd wanna run it at 2ohms to get the full 500 Watts... or else you might be a little short in the power area.

    Having just played death Metal against a Fullstack guitar amp... I'd suggest you load up on some power. I'd aim for no less than 600Watts, and get more than your average Joe 4x10 cab. I'd go for a 2x12, or maybe stack up a 2x10 and 1x15.

    The cheapest and simplest way to get this is get a preamp-power amp set up... and then get yourself some monstrous Avatar cabs. You can load them suckers with power and have a 600-1400Watt Rig for $900-$1500... depending on your preference or selection.

    Your preamp selection is nice and diverese when you look at BBE, Sansamp, and Ampeg. Its an easier method of changing your tone than ditching an entire head.
  3. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    I'll go for a Sansamp RBI + a QSC poweramp (1k or so)

    I'll stick it with a 4x10+1x15. Mesa/Boogie or Gallien-Krueger.
  4. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    For deathmetal you need 3 things:

    -Strong tone and presence (your playing with usually 2 very thick guitars and a busy drummer)
    -Some more power
    -A copy of Morbid Angel's "Covenant" (this isn't really amp related, but I meet a distrubing number of young deathmetalers who've never even heard this masterpeice. If you have it you are already ahead of the game!)

    I've played in a lot of technical death acts and used several different rigs. If I were going back to that genre now I'd use and Ampeg SVT4 pushing a pair of Avatar 212s. The SVT has scads of power and enough control via the EQ and compressor to get your sound right where you want it to be: lurking at the edges of the mix like some tentacled monstrosity waiting to devour the unworthy!

    If the Ampeg is out of your price range (or even if it isn't) the Kustom Groovebass is probably worth a look. I've never heard one of these but they get nothing but praise on this board. If you could A/B them on the same set of cabs against the Ampeg that would be great.

    What kind of bands/subgenre do you listen to? Back when I was heavily into this stuff the genre in the US basically consisted of 4 bands: Napalm Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, and Morbid Angel. Made equipment choices easy at least.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...this thread is killin' me...LMAO!...

  6. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I'll second thie QSC idea (you CANNOT have too much power), but I'd switch out the cabs for a pair of Avatar 212s. Lots of bottom end, and big power handling on a budget. The cash you save could go towards a better preamp for maximum growl and grit. I'm not a death metal guy, but when I hear a good death metal bass tone, it makes me smile like the village idiot. :D
  7. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    I'd go for a Tech 21 Landmark 600 Head into a 2x15 Mesa/Boogie cab. :bassist:

    Mmmm..... aggression, punch and low end all in one ;) :cool: :smug:
  8. panazza


    Nov 23, 2003
    I play in a death metal band using an EDEN WT550 with an EDEN D410XLT cabinet.... but I may need an overdrive to better cut in the mix....
  9. One of my friends is in a death metal band and he uses an Ampeg SVT4-Pro head, an Ampeg 810E Cab, and a Big Muff Distortion Pedal (Russian) to get that thick distorted bass sound. Sounds pretty damn good if u ask me.... and, it's LOUD
  10. get a boss odb-3 pedal for a boost. i use one and it helps me make my signal a lot more powerful
  11. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    use anything... just slit the cones you should be all set.
  12. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
  13. jaargilon


    Mar 31, 2005
    I play in a technical death metal band ala Decrepit Birth, Spawn of Possession, Disgorge, etc.... For a head I use the Ampeg SVT-3pro, and for cabs I use Mesa Powerhouse 4X10 on top of a Mesa Powerhouse 1X15. My bass is an American Fender Deluxe 5 String. This set up works great for me, but when we get louder, and we do get louder, the Ampeg is a pile of crap. It clips constantly, and am never really satisfied with the sound from it.

    Our guitarist plays two rackmount Dual Rec's through two mesa oversized rectifier cabs, both loaded with 200 watt EV's, and the **** is loud, but I can always be heard/felt.

    I would recommend the powerhouse cabs... but not the ampeg. I'll be hopefully switching to a 400+ within the next month.

    Just my two cents.
  14. panazza


    Nov 23, 2003
    use eden cabs, they will surely hear you... :cool:
  15. PICK


    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Really??? Me too!!!!