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Amp settings: Getting the midrangy, vocal sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by btrag, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. btrag


    Mar 7, 2005
    Ok, I know this point has been be-laboured. And, I know the general idea "CRANK THE MIDS!" But no matter how much I tweak the mid contour, I end up with an overpowering "nasal" sound in the midrange. Like a low-midrange drone. What I'm looking for is a vocal-like expressive tone. Here's what I'm working with:
    15' old EVM speaker
    Ampeg solid-state head with:
    5 band EQ (40hz,160hz,600hz,2khz,etc)
    Seperate low,mid,high contour knobs.
    AND a midrange setting dial (from 300hz to 600hz), to set the frequency that the mid contour will boost.

    To be more precise, I'd love to acheive the tone that Geddy Lee got on Moving Pictures. The tweaking just doesn't work. I've tried adjusting the height of the P-Bass pickups, raising them in the middle near the A and D strings. What needs to happen to get the tone I'm looking for?
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    We'll probably get better responses if we move this thread to the Amps forum.........

    Chris A. :rolleyes: :bassist:
  3. If your finding it too nasal sounding maybe you are cranking the mids too much
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    1st off, go click on the FAQ sticky on the top of the amps forum, and click on the link to the eq thread to give you a start.

    next, if you want the geddy lee moving pictures sound you'll need a fender jazz bass, probably a 1972, and then you'll need to get paul northfield to run your signal thru a neve board. (paul was the engineer on MP) he split geddys signal into highs and lows, ran each signal thru a seperate compressor, and then blended them together with seperate faders. I forget what amp(s) were being used, but you can bet they were pretty overdriven.