Examples of mid-focused tone?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ronlitz, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    I want to put together a list of recordings that use a mid-heavy bass tone to cut through the mix in a rock context. Please help me by posting songs you know of that are like this. Here are the first two on my list:

    -Crazy Train/Ozzy Osbourne/Blizzard Of Ozz

    -Gimme Three Steps/Lynyrd Skynyrd/Pronounce Leh'-nerd Skin-'nerd
  2. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    "Don't Stop Believing" - Journey
    "Casino Boogie" - The Rolling Stones
    "Rio" - Duran Duran
  3. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Ooh, thought of another one: "Cult Of Personality" - Living Color
  4. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Wow - that sure is a mid-heavy tone on "Don't Stop Believing". Sounds like a piano is doubling the bass before the full band kicks in, but after that stops you can hear the bass tone. I did some searching, and found that Ross used an Ovation Magnum bass to record that album - quite an unusual bass! I've never seen one or even heard of them:

    Here he is playing it live on Don't Stop Believing:
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    "Don't Stop Believing" does start with piano and bass.
    "New World Man" - Rush
  6. DistortedBass

    DistortedBass Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Schecter Guitars Endorsee
    Queensryche- Operation MindCrime and Empire.
  7. phayes1007


    Apr 19, 2011
    GNR - Appetite for Destruction (album).

    I wouldn't call Duff McKagan my favorite or least-favorite bassist, but pick any song off that album and you'll hear his bass cut right through.. very nicely, too. It's got just the right amount of volume and "bite" from his pick-attack, but doesn't sound "honky" (like what you hear when you crank the mids to 11 :p )
  8. phayes1007


    Apr 19, 2011
    Also, check out some of the songs on R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction... "Can't Get There From Here", "Old Man Kensey", "Feeling Gravity's Pull", "Maps & Legends." Definitely some mids and that p-bass growl goin' on there...

    'Cuts thru' doesn't even suffice... he's generally as loud or louder than the guitars/drums in most of the songs (every recording bassist's dream lol)
  9. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    You're right - Duff's tone on Appetite seems to use low-mids to cut through. There's some "clank" on top, but they are balanced with the low-mids to get a great mid punch that really cuts and lets the bass be heard through the guitars and drums. I think "Rocket Queen" might be the best example of this tone on that album.
  10. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.
    Probably one of the best bass tones ever recorded in a rock context (IMO).

    Mid-heavy and rock-ish
    Tony Franklin - Blue Murder (band) - Screaming Blue Murder (album).

    Tony Franklin & Marco Mendnozza - Blue Murder - Nothin' but trouble (album).
  11. rupture

    rupture Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    moving pictures, the whole album.
    The Fixx- red skies
  12. GastonD


    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Geezer Butler...