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Looking for a Muse Tone

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by davecanady, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. davecanady

    davecanady Guest

    Aug 24, 2008
    I've been up and down the bass effects rack at G.C.

    Can anyone tell me how to get the tone for Time is Running Out by Muse? It may not even be the bass, but I'm the one having to generate the sound for our band.
  2. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    Oh good god... Use the search function and run away from this thread before you're flamed and spammed to death for not doing so.
  3. Duck...

    It's a synth, at times doubled on bass.
  4. sounds like a ring mod.

    Along with delay set to be really fast.

    That's the only way to get that really buzzy tone.
  5. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    MUSE tone on tunes has been discussed here many, MANY times. Use the search function and I'm sure you will find it very quickly ;)
  6. davecanady

    davecanady Guest

    Aug 24, 2008
    Thanks for your thoughts. I haven't had much luck searching for any subjects here. I'll give this one a try.
  7. davecanady

    davecanady Guest

    Aug 24, 2008
    Like I said...not much luck with the searches. I tried "Muse". I tried "Time is Running Out". I used "Thread". I used "Post". I have learned that people don't know what bass is being played, let alone what effects. One person said it's a Big Muff. Then there was big argument about that not being correct.

    Thanks Sean S for your synth thought. It sounds logical. I hate to have to buy one for one song. Oreo... I have to find out what a ring mod is.

    Wasted....Muse may be discussed a bunch but I went back 40 threads listed under a Muse search. Not much on the specific subject of generating that one tone.
  8. davecanady

    davecanady Guest

    Aug 24, 2008
  9. rygon


    Mar 1, 2009
    you an get close with a fuzzbox. but not a big muff. it needs to have a really tight fuzz. id try the MXR el grande fuzz.
    roll the tone to about 3'oclock, fuzz to just about 8'oclock and use the deep switch, but not too much bass boost.
    also, it sounds like theres a clean signal running alongside.
    i just tried this setup. nailed it to my ears
  10. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    The Wooly Mammoth can totally nail Time Is Running Out and Hysteria.
  11. Shawn80


    Mar 17, 2009
    best results with passive bass
  12. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
  13. how much money you got?

    his sound, like many elusive sounds, is/are expensive. his pedal board is immense, and im pretty sure hes got a deep impact for most of his synth sounds, and from what i hear, those arent easy to find.

    even his new live racks are filled with several line 6 processors, which im sure arent cheap.

    also ricks, american J's and pedulla basses will be needed.

    oh.. and you'll have to swap bodies and brains with chris wolstenholme (that should have been your search keyword, BTW).

    to be honest, id just get a tight synth sound that you enjoy.. not go after his. as long as its nice and tight, people will get the point and it will sound good.
  14. Tusknia


    Jul 8, 2008
    Sussex, UK
    MXR Blowtorch can nail most of the Absolution-Black Holes
    fuzz sounds. From Starlight and Butterflies and Hurricanes
    through to the heavier stuff like Stockholm Syndrome.

    Also never underestimate how much difference in tone
    you get from your playing, you'll notice that Chris just clips
    the notes with the tips of his fingers when playing fast,
    then digs in a bit on Time is running out etc. I find a big
    difference in sound when I do this with the Blowtorch.
  15. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    who the **** is muse?!?!??!!
  16. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Bass Big Muff does a nice job in DRY mode IMO.
  17. shinobi


    Nov 24, 2007
    Aichi, Japan
    i'm surprised that nobody has called their bluff yet...

    for time is running out, muse recorded a keyboard patch over the bassline.

    where live shows are concerned, it is well known that among the many effects that chris uses are 2 russian big muffs and an akai deep impact.

    personally i think there is too much emphasis on the fx and not enough on the rest of the rig. remember that matt and chris use a ton of gear, each piece contributing greatly to the overall tone.

    if you want to do a synthy fuzz, try a gated fuzz. el grande and BBM have nothing on this one. try a zvex woolly mammoth, devi ever bass fuzz, arger capricorn, big john hairy balls. if you want to truly nail the exact tone, use the exact same rig.

    hope this is enough to kill a topic that has been revisited one too many times.
  18. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Arguments about the exact gear / process used aside...

    I agree that a gated fuzz (Z.Vex Woolly Mammoth, etc.) or an MXR Blowtorch (the only non-gated fuzz I've used which can get that synthy, buzzy sound) is your best and cheapest bet for getting close to that sound.

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