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isolating a bass rattle in the studio?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerone, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. So I got my portaflex today! Whoo Hoo! :hyper:

    When I hit a certain note or two I get a some serious rattle coming from something that is resonating in the studio. To confess I have a lot crap in here, but I was wondering if there is any easy way to ID where its coming from? (its not from the amp).

  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    It's as easy as walking around while playing that note and listening to where it's coming from. No other way.
  3. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    Glad you're enjoying your PF!
    IZ4005 is right by the way.
    The other option is lowering your volume (which is no option ofcourse :D)
  4. I think I'm going to need a second person. thanks.
  5. samson3382


    Apr 26, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    Since you are in a studio, why don't you record yourself playing those particular notes, then playback at similar volume?
  6. Great Idea!
    See, thats why I post here. you guys are smarter than me and I'm dumber than my Bob bag dummy in my avatar.. :smug:
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    A lot of crap in the studio, eh? Well that's one argument in favor of DI...or cleaning. Personally, I'd be cleaning ;)
  8. oh, hell jimmy you sound like my wife.. :laugh:

    I think you have a point.
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Figure out what notes are causing the offending buzz and don't play them.

    Just to be sure that it isn't the portaflex cab, try it in another room. Otherwise it helps to have a second person to press on surfaces around the room to determine what's loose. Don't rule anything out. It could even be something behind a wall, a loose stud, rigid insulation, heating vent, or wiring.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yeah and if your song is in the key of the rattling frequency, change it ;)
  11. samson3382


    Apr 26, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    Or tune down...:D
  12. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    I thought that was called mojo?
  13. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Listening through a tube of some sort will help you narrow it down.
  14. I think a good cleaning up is in order. (I hate housework)

    its only one note or so.
  15. Think of it as ambience. It'll probably be lost in the mix anyway.
  16. Hi.

    Symphatetic resonances are always a total PITA.

    Finding and isolating them is IME always ideally a two person job.

    I'd rather re-amp a DI'd signal than play back if You can't get anyone to visit your studio ;).

  17. Had my Daughter hunt around for about 3 minutes last night grabbing and pushing on things but it didn't seem to help. I think Jimmy is right. A good cleaning is in order.
  18. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Like a 12AX7? Or would an EL84 be better?

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