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Cirrus vs Cirrus test: Audio clips

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Papersen, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Identical

    5 vote(s)
  2. Quite similar

    22 vote(s)
  3. Hardly similar

    10 vote(s)
  4. Completely different

    2 vote(s)
  1. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    (Links Fixed)

    It´s been often discussed the impact of wood in the overall sound of a bass, and it´s something that always intrigued me.

    When I bought my Peavey Cirrus years ago, I read the differences between its different versions (Maple, Bubinga, Walnut, Redwood, Claro Walnut, etc.).

    This weekend I´ve had the chance to play two different Cirri. So, I´ve decided to record some tracks with each one of them, to see how different or similar they were.

    Bass #1
    Peavey Cirrus Bubinga
    - Walnut body with Maple Stingers (Neck thru body construction)
    - Bubinga top
    - Pau Ferro fretboard

    Bass #2
    Peavey Cirrus Maple
    - Alder body with Purpleheart Stingers (Neck thru body construction)
    - Flamed Maple top
    - Pau Ferro fretboard

    I used a fresh set of strings (domestic made GHS clone) to obtain the same results. Both basses have the same EQ settings and the same crappy player (me :bag: ). All tracks were recorded straight to my soundcard with no effects.

    I´ve heard the tracks just once (while recording) so I haven´t made my own veredict.

    Let me know what you think

    Scales (neck picking) - Bubinga
    Scales (neck picking) - Maple

    Scales (bridge picking) - Bubinga
    Scales (bridge picking) - Maple

    Slap - Bubinga
    Slap - Maple

    Chords - Bubinga
    Chords - Maple

    Harmonics - Bubinga
    Harmonics - Maple
  2. Chords and harmonics don't work. However I must say, I perfer Bubinga.
  3. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    Can't get the links to work, and the results are all in Spanish.

    But I can tell you without hearing them that the bubinga/walnut Cirrrus will have a much more mid-rangey tone when compared to the maple one. Mine did.

  4. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Oops !!
    Damned Geocities again.

    Can anybody host the files for me ?
  5. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    Oh, and I prefer maple.

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  7. Use putfile
  8. chipmunk2510


    Aug 9, 2006
    I liked the Bubinga tone better than the Maple. But I enjoy Middy tones alot.
  9. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    Links should be working now.
  10. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I'd say they're fairly similar, but I prefered the Bubinga one, as I felt it had a little more midrange bite. I'd say it's nothing you'd notice with a band though.

  11. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    The links won't work for me; however, putfile.com links never work for me. Maybe it's because I have a Mac, I dunno.

    Do other Mac users have problems with putfile.com sound files?

  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    They are very close, but I think the bubinga is a little brighter sounding.
  13. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    I liked bubinga the most for slap chords and harmonics.
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    The Bubinga had just a smidge more bite to it solo. In the context of a band mix, you'd never hear it though!
  15. That was my impression too.

    Those are nice sounding basses by the way! I haven't listened to all the samples but the bubinga neck picking sounds really good, like my kind of tone.
  16. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    They sounded very similar to me on the chords, but on fingerstyle and especially slap I think the maple bass sounds a lot better. More polished, balanced, and clear. Great sounding bass! The bubinga seems a little congested.
  17. justinb515

    justinb515 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2006
    As far as the pole goes, don't post if you haven't listened to the files. From experience, I've seen that if you are going to post two clips for comparison, don't tell people what is what. People who haven't even heard the clips are telling you that "x sounds brighter, or x has more midrange." People are going to hear what they want to hear. I listened to every clip for both, and I personally think that they sound so similar that a choice of one over the other would be more visual (maple is a brighter looking wood, which often = a brighter sound to most people) than aural.
  18. I find them to sound quite similar, especially in the chord example. In the context of a full mix, I agree that the differences are likely too subtle to come through with any importance.
  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I understand your concern, but from what people, including myself have posted, the darker wood, bubinga, seems to sound the brightest.:)
  20. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I'd just like to add that the slap tone on both was amazing. Very nice.