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How to cut through without treble...

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    Hey guys, just a sort of philosophical question here:
    I can't stand round wounds, I hate the way it sounds when I use a ton of treble(despite being a massive John Entwistle fan), and I don't like to use distortion because I'm always afraid of blowing my amp. Im a very melody-oriented player, but I can never hear myself in a band setting.
    Is there another way to cut through the mix that I haven't though of??

  2. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Work on the mid-range rather than the treble.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    The 2 main factors are a powerful amp (not to play loud but to get decent headroom and therefore, dynamics in your tone) and proper EQuing of bass and guitar(s).
    Typically both bassists and guitarists use too much lows.
  4. Add some mids. Adding treble always seemed too brittle sounding to me.
  5. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups
    Bingo...That will make you pop way more then with treble.

    Try adding around 400 if that does not work for you then bring it back down and start slowly adding around 800.

    Share your results.
  6. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    You don't want to cut through, that's for surgeons, you want to PUNCH thrpugh. That's playing with the mids. Bass wave's on the right track start around 400 and monkey around from there. Subtracting some lows can help too.
  7. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I just now tried boosting 400 by about 7dB and 1.3k by about 3dB, and it WORKED! Despite using a mostly mahogany bass(Ibanez) strung with Pyramids, I cut through fine and I might actually be able to CUT treble now if the (gui****) wants to make his sound more bright.