Character of basses

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Champagne, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Champagne

    Champagne Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    West Chester, PA
    Hello Everyone,

    I have a question:

    How do you determine if you have a quick or slow responding bass? Is it in the initial attack then sustain?

    My spirocore mittles seem to be deadening up on me and was looking to change them. When I say deadening, the tone is starting to fall away. The low-mids presence and attack of it has faded away. I've had these on my bass for about a year and to make sure I wasn't screwing with my head, I listened to the first recordings I made when I got the bass which the strings were about 3 weeks old.

    Reading about strings I read this:

    So, if this is spot on, what are the qualities of a fast responding bass vs slow? I am intrigued. My bass "roars with arco" so does this mean I have a tight bass? My bass is an 80's romanian flat back solid wood (spruce/maple)

    Here is a sample of how it currently sounds:

    There are 2 separate recordings in that file and they were recorded a little differently due to the context of the other instruments in the arrangements, but I hope you can help me understand if this is a loose or tight bass.

    Curious to your thoughts.