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RATM bass tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by panazza, May 12, 2004.


  1. panazza

    panazza

    Nov 23, 2003
    italy
    hi,
    I play in a rage against the machine cover band and I am trying to get a nice tone to play their songs... I am using a marshall all valve head with a 4 x 12' and a jazz bass.... oh, and a boss overdrive.

    so I ask your advice to get a bass tone similar to tim C one...

    I know all the effects and stuff he uses, so I am not asking what should I buy to get a similar tone, I am asking how to setup my amp and bass to play RATM songs...

    things like pickups volumes, tone, middle, bass, treble...

    someone told me to turn down the mids on the amp... but I am not sure Tim does this.

    I also noticed Tim uses lots of gain on the live album, but I don't want that kind of tone, it's too muddy to me...even if I also keep gain quite high, I am trying to recreate the sound he has on the studio cds... something a little cleaner than his live sound

    any suggestions??

    thanks!
     
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    To truly recreate his tone, you probably will need two amps. From what I read, his tone on older albums was one amp with a heavy distortion and one with a light distortion (probably similar to an overdriven tube amp)

    Nowadays, he is up to three amps, so it is probably harder to recreate.

    To start with I would: turn both volumes on the bass on completely, overdrive your amp a tad, boost the bass and low mids, roll off the highs little, and experiment with the tone control setting on your bass.

    Good Luck on your search for somebody else's tone,
    Adam Barkley
     
  3. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Suggestion: search. This subject has been done to death here.
     
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  5. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls
    And there are subjects that have not? :smug:
     
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    We could always talk about quiche.
     
  7. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls
  8. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
  9. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls
  10. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
  11. Bass of Galt

    Bass of Galt Guest

    Mar 25, 2004
    Scrotillia Falls
    Afraid not.

    Atomism though. :p

    although - not anymore - he he he.
     
  12. I hear Capybaras are popular:
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