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How to get this tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ShallowBayXI, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. I wouldn't really recommend listening past 1:07 for the faint of heart, but how on earth does the bassist of this band get this awesome tone?

    He's using a Warwick Dolphin Pro 5, but even still, there's gotta be something more than that...
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  2. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    He strikes me as one of those funky "the tone is in his fingers" type guys from what I've heard from him, but I found a rundown of his rig on no treble:

    "I play a 5-string custom shop Warwick Streamer Stage II, a Warwick Thumb NT 5 and a Warwick Fortress MM 5. For amplification I have an Aguilar Db750 and an AG500 with an Aguilar Db810. Other gear includes an Aguilar TLC Compressor and an Octamizer, Monster cables, D’Addario ProSteel strings for Job for a Cowboy and SIT Rockbrights for Cephalic Carnage."

    New School: Nick Schendzielos
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  3. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Plus don't forget the extensive processing in the studio with Very Expensive hardware and software.
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  4. I think those warwicks are really a huge part of his tone!! and dang they sound freakin amazing!!!!
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Thanks for the warning, I was rather liking it until just after there. ;)
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  6. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I may be able to find out some good details on this. Let me ask and ill update.

    The tone is killer. Sounds distorted for sure. You would be amazed at what the tech21 plugin can do on a death metal record.
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  7. What, you got a problem with the Cookie Monster? Naw, I'm joking lol. I'm weird, I love Jazz, blues, rock, metal, symphonic stuff (I play trumpet), Cookie Monster music, electronic, anything really lol. This band is great IMO, just obviously not for everyone
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  8. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    To me it sounds like a typical Warwick bass tone, indeed an awesome sound.
    There will also be most likely compression and eq as well.
  9. the_stoot64


    Mar 8, 2015
    I really liked that apart from the double kick and vocals.
  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, I just can't help it, I hear that style of vocal, and I either get grumpy or burst out laughing, it sounds that silly to me. Like someone trying to sound intimidating and failing, massively. Avatars-cookie-monster-831965.
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  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Other than the vocals (and likely lyrics), it's amazing to me how much this style of music is like one of my favorites, which for lack of a better term, I'll call "heavy prog / metal / acid jazz fusion" (see avatar). ;)
  12. Happynoj


    Dec 5, 2006
    I like turtles.
    Warwick with low action, so that when you really dig in you get a bit of fret buzz. Play hard, over the bridge pickup. Don't scoop the mids.
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  13. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Honestly the vocals grow on you. I started out the same - hating the vocals in death metal, but now I prefer screaming in heavy music to singing because singing starts to sound cheesy to me. Weird how that worked.

    If you guys like this - check out old Atheist, Suffocation and Death records. They have incredible bass playing on them.
  14. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Definitely a studio enhanced tone...I agree it's pretty badass. I am sure it starts with the bass and the player but I bet it isn't quite as sweet sounding in a live setting as it is on this recording.

    As far as the vocals, I think it's kinda amazing that the cats that scream like this have figured out how to distort their voice that much and pull it off night after night without blowing out their vocal cords.
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  15. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Reminds me of Mudvayne. Warwick signature at the foundation. Not sure what processing. Some lines sound more bridge pickup and others sound more neck like. In general it sounds bridge. As stated above, don't cut the mids.
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  16. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Yeah... sounds like a Warwick.
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  17. TheCrimsonKing


    Jan 23, 2014
    He presumably down-tunes as well, that'll have an effect on the tone.
  18. He tunes to A standard. Like D standard but with a low A
  19. "Sun Of Nihility"

    Sun of Nihility, I shamefully disturb you
    My relentless knocking is constantly ignored
    I can narrowly overhear your serene breathing anymore
    Have you grown weary of spinning measureless circles across the sky?

    Are you drained of feeding and decalcifying my awakening third eye
    A resting place to connect with the Earth's depths
    I lay designating my dreams as masters under composed breath
    Enraptured by the sphere of damnation
  20. basslayer


    Jan 3, 2008
    Beaverton, OR
    i think i hear a light distortion, but that sounds like Warwick tone to me with some hard playing/low action to get the snap of the strings against the bell-brass frets.

    i haven't listened to death metal in a really long time. thanks for taking me back to high school/college.

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