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Does anyone know of any good books on bass effects chains, how to eq your bass etc?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Sdagg1, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Sdagg1


    Feb 25, 2018

    I would like to find some books
    on using bass effects such as how to chain them, uses of effects in a band setting etc. I am also having trouble finding a good bass sound that is defined and balanced with my band. If anyone could suggest some books that they might know of, it would be greatly appriciated!
  2. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Welcome to TB.

    Books on EQing a bass......no, I'm not sure that exists. But, you are asking the question to one of the largest bass groups in the world. There is more knowledge here about bass than the average person can absorb. I'd suggest maybe doing a search, or just start reading.
  3. Sdagg1


    Feb 25, 2018
    Ok thanks. Maybe it would be helpful if people could suggest eq settings i could try? I have a boss bass eq pedal but i stopped using it because my tone didnt sound well with it on. I paced the eq at the end of the chain with the eq gain set half way.
  4. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Other people can suggest things they like in their contexts but it would be random chance if that suggestion worked in your context.

    In the end you have to use your ears and be methodical. Move each knob around until it sounds good to you in the mix of your band in the room you're in.
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  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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  6. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I don't know of such a book, but lots of threads to read here to pick up EQ tips, including some very useful ones that discuss frequency ranges and how modifying them affects the sound of your bass. As noted, every situation is different, starting with your fingers / picks, through strings, pickups, controls, cable, etc, etc. - you get the point. Keep trying and listening. Also, depending on your situation and playing plans, be aware that your bass will sound very different live in a venue from what you experience at home or even on stage right in front of it. Sorry if this was too basic.
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  7. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
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  8. Sdagg1


    Feb 25, 2018
    how would you use the volume pedal? I was thinking of getting one but wasnt sure how difficult it would be to acuratly set it on the fly while playing if i need a volume boost
  9. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Good chart.

    And not that you wrote it, but why would someone put a compressor after a reverb/delay? Seems to me counterintuitive.

    Compressor goes after dirt and before modulation for me.
  10. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    What bass and amp do you play? What style of music? What sound are you going for? Are you using effects for the sake of effects, or trying to achieve a sound?
  11. XLunacy


    Nov 28, 2013
    Just grab a small boost pedal if you only need 2 distinct volume levels, much simpler to use (TC Spark mini, MXR Booster mini).

    For EQ, assuming you're using a traditional cab, my advice :
    - always start flat
    - cut first, boost if needed
    - always EQ in context
    - master the mids, because so much is happening there. If you have mid knobs on your amp start using them, if not I'd recommend getting an EQ pedal with a few different bands (ideally a parametric) in the mids (roughly 200 Hz => 2kHz) and experimenting with it
    - something I like to do : if you cut somewhere, try boosting somewhere else in the same broad frequency range.
    For instance, if you cut some mids @500Hz, you might want to try boosting a little bit the mids above or below (or both), say @200Hz or @800Hz, just so you don't sound hollow
    - don't boost the low lows (< 60 Hz), most of the time you're OK
    - don't boost the highs (> 6kHz), there is not much interesting going on for bass there
    - EQ is not everything : technique does a lot ; a good compressor will do wonders to your sound ; maybe a little bit of overdrive ? Experiment.

    If you're going direct (or using a FR-FR cab), the same applies, but additionally you'll definitely want to cut the low lows (<~50Hz) and the highs (> 8kHz).
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