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How do you define tone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RAM, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    All too often I see words like "tubey-goodness", "warm", "dark", "bright", "growly", and so on. I admit to not being particularly strong in my use and understanding of these words, but it's apparent to me I'm not the only one.

    How do you define these words? Are there other words you feel are great at "defining" tone?
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Tubey goodness is generally a smooth, somewhat treble subdued tone, to me. Warm has a lot of low mids, and generally is even more treble subdued. Dark is even farther... Bright is lots of treble clarity, maybe not so much bass as well. Can even have a lot of higher harmonics giving it a "tinny? feel... Growly generally has more mids, and almost sounds like very very slight overdrive without the high harmonic effect of actual distortion.

    But these are all my opinion.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You left out "farty," which is pretty much self-explanatory.
  4. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central


  5. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Too much beans in your burrito?
  6. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Sounds like Ex-Lax meets Trojan!