Let's Roast The YouTubers!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by scottfeldstein, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    As a player who likes to try a lot of different equipment but who can’t often try before I buy, I rely heavily on online resources to know whether something is worth a shot or not. That means a lot of TB and a lot of YouTube. I love these videos and I rely on them for so much. And I empathize with the good people who make these videos. I really do. I make instructional videos often at work. I know how hard it is to make them good. With that said, I think they deserve a good roasting. So let’s take a minute to laugh at all the terrible things we often see and hear in demonstration videos.

    I’ll go first. Yes, I do know how an EQ works! Ok, the mids are always pretty interesting, especially if there’s a variable frequency to it. But I really don’t need to watch someone methodically and carefully show me each and every one of the 18 decibels of bass boost and then dutifully show me each and every one of the 18 decibels of bass cut. I know what the bass knob does. Unless there’s something interesting to see, let’s move on! :)

    What else makes you nuts about YouTube demo videos?
  2. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Too much thumb.
    Artman, WG Plum, oldandbold and 4 others like this.
  3. ShawnG


    May 2, 2020
    Ft Worth, TX
    Slap…. Ugh. I don’t mind it being part of the demo, but what does the bass sound like finger style, please (and with a pick would be great, too). But all slap, all the time? Get over yourself…
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  4. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Ok, this one I just call "the guitar players." These are often just cats who work at the music store where the video is made, and while they may have long hair and can shred on a six string, you can tell right away that they don’t really play bass guitar at all. Worse, they seem to think no one will notice this.
  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Bro humor.
    The lack of articulation.
    The inability to just STFU.
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  6. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    How about the folks who pick up a bass to show you what it (or the amp) sounds like and then they start playing chords and harmonics. Hey, McFly! That’s not how most of us are going to use this gear.
  7. PDW30


    Jul 12, 2021
    My bad, not theirs, but hearing people playing clean and not being able to see any evidence of muting being done. And I work so hard at it :crying:
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  8. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Crazy settings. “Now let’s solo the bridge pickup with all the active EQ knobs fully counter clockwise!” Sure, there’s always room for innovation and thinking outside the box. But when you have exactly 3 minutes to help me understand this instrument, that kind of thing should not make the cut.
  9. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Roasted YouTubers?

    I puncture them several times with a fork, brush them lightly with olive oil, wrap in foil, and put them down amongst the coals of my charcoal grill while I'm cooking the steaks up above.
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  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

  11. Demos where the bass is put through a distortion unit and you have no idea of it’s natural sound. :rollno:
    Amano, LBS-bass and mrcbass like this.
  12. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I’d prefer a focus on less extreme settings for instruments, amps and effects. Especially drive, distortion and fuzz pedals. But I’ve no roasting desire. After all… What da ya want for nothing? A rubber biscuit?
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  13. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    Here goes.....
    Play demos are useless. It never sounds like that when I get home.
    Not telling us ANYTHING about the instrument. How well is it made?, weight?, problems?....etc.
  14. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    This guy makes me nuts, but I can’t look away.
  15. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Slap is one thing. I loathe it with an unbridled passion and it's an instant "SKIP".

    Other thing's when someone's obviously "pushing a product".
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  16. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    Lack of AB comparisons. "Here is the sound with no effect, here is the sound with effect." How can I possibly tell what your pedal is doing to the sound if I don't hear a base line? My clean is probably not your clean.

    Implied use agenda. Here's how I think you're going to use this so this is all I will show you.

    I agree with OP that I don't need to hear every possible combination of EQ settings, yeah do a few, but don't need every single possible adjustment.
  17. I’ve seen reviews of 5 string basses where the reviewer never plays the B string. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
  18. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Oh also, Patrick Hunter. Just can't stand the dude.
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  19. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Ten minutes of anecdotes before any actual review.
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  20. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    just like songs, any intro more than 15 seconds