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Looking for that "Punchy" Sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JamieIsOnline, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Hi all, I need some help,

    I'm trying to get quite a punchy, clear cut sound from my bass (I like being able to hear all the string picking) and I'm always using the more treble of my pickup (I use a Yamaha BB414 and Rockinbetter RG4003)

    I'd ideally like it to sound similar to Pat Badger from Extreme
    (6:09 in for example)

    I know I can't really replicate it exactly but what can I do to my eq on my amp to get it closer to that I have a Carlsbro 150W stingray head

  2. Denny Coon

    Denny Coon

    Jan 10, 2010
    DR HI Beams... Active controls with treble and bass boost....possible tweeter in your cab,.... start by setting your EQ flat and take out what you dont like instead of adding frequencies
  3. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Even roll off some of your lowest lows, depending on the voicing of your amp. You might be surprised how much bottom is still there, but less boomy.
  4. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Mesa Powerhouse cabs will get the job done. They are the punchiest cabs I've tried (due to their low mids) and extremely detailed yet smooth on the top end. They reveal your bass/tone *a lot* while having a rock/metal kind of voicing.
  5. KrisHayes


    Sep 30, 2012
    Yah I second the Hi Beams. They're the brightest strings I know of. Scoop some mid, boost some highs, you'll get it.
  6. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    All great advice and also keep this in mind.....as a rule PA wise, to get the headroom and crispness a good sound needs, the general rule of thumb for power 2x what the cabinet claims is max. So say monitors with a max power rating of 1000 amps are well served with a 2000 watt power amp. Overpower is never a problem for u can always dial it back but underpowering drivers can lead to some of the most distorted, crappy live sounds u have ever heard. This especially holds true powering bass drivers....powering those low signals takes a lot of oomph and u will b amazed at the tone difference u can get with a big, powerful head vs a small, lower powered unit.
  7. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    :rollno: :scowl:
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Absolute 100% myth. Sorry.
  9. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I suggest you go and have a converstation with your endorser.

  10. +1.

    I run a Powerhouse 4X12 or 6X10 and my tone has been found! These cabs are seriously awesome and I couldn't be any happier.

    They truly bring out the growl of my Spector Euro 5LX. I prefer the 4X12 for the more aggressive sounding stuff and find the 610 to be a little bit smoother IMO.
  11. Denny Coon

    Denny Coon

    Jan 10, 2010
    +1 for boogie cabs... punchy and crisp
  12. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    No one's gone here yet so I will: Tube amp.

    This is assuming that your idea of punchiness equals mine.
  13. No

    Just NO

    Munjibunga likes this.
  14. I read that under powering as over powering so I didn't comment on it. Definitely wrong on that point, though.
  15. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    No such word as under powering it don't exist, also punch comes from the playing style 98% and gear 2%.:bassist:
  16. Nomadskills


    Dec 27, 2010
    Really? I would have thought a boost in mids and rolling of the bass would do it. So much to learn.
    geddeeee likes this.
  17. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    I think scooping the mids will make your sound disappear in a mix. It does mine.
    geddeeee likes this.
  18. arai

    arai Banned

    Jul 16, 2007
    Listening to the clip, that bass is not my definition of punchy. It is mid scooped with a lot of highs and overdrive. A sans amp bass driver DI will get you there easy
  19. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I am currently running a thunderfunk amp. I consider it very punchy. The designer, Dave Funk, says he paid careful attention to phase coherence. I believe this is what makes this amp particularly punchy. Here is the link to some videos on this amp. http://www.thunderfunk.com/YouTube.html. Please let us know if this is what you mean by punchy.
  20. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm going to agree wit Arai up there, listening to that clip, it's not really what I'd call punchy. I'd say it's gritty and crunchy, but it seems pretty mid scooped to me, and for me, Mids are what make a sound punchy. I consider my tone pretty punchy:

    Granted those clips don't do great justice to the low end, but that setup provides a serious kick in the bowels. That's a Precision with Swing 66s into a Sunn 2000s. I back off the lows, crank the highs and mids (presence) and run my tone knob wide open. The amp is also running at around 8, so it's pretty cranked.

    Thats my idea of punchy though. From the sounds of it, for the tone you want, you're going to want bright roundwounds and then scoop the mids out.