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Tool - Undertow bass tone... how to get it?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by panazza, Mar 2, 2005.


  1. panazza

    panazza

    Nov 23, 2003
    italy
    I was trying to recreate the bass tone heard on tool's undertow with my sansamp but I can't get it...

    anyone knows how to get a similar tone?

    I saw on the tech21 site they made a sound clip called "tool" with the landmark amps... I am searching for that tone, I think I can find it using a sansamp (pedal version...)

    any suggestions? (other than buying a rickenbacker bass!!) :D
     
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    First thing I'd is tune to Drop D, and increase the Presence control until it was clacky enough. I also would probably put the blend right about 12 oclock and work your eq from there.

    And of course play it with a pick with your bass' tone control wide open.
     
  3. Roto strings, pick, Rick(still), gain, light chorus.
     
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Get Sylvia Massy to produce your record.
     
  5. HamOnTheCob

    HamOnTheCob Jacob Moore Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Cambridge, Ohio, USA
    Endorsing Artist for Warwick Basses, Mesa Engineering, Joyo Technology, Dr. J Pedals, and Levy's Leathers
    I think Justin Chancellor's tone is a good bit similar. He uses a little chorus and plays a Wal. I'm not real sure of the amps/effects.

    I just remembered... I've got a friend on IM who says he has "the Tool tone" down. He uses a Sansamp RBI and Mesa heads and cabs. I'll ask him what his settings are.

    Jake
     
  6. panazza

    panazza

    Nov 23, 2003
    italy
    that would be very useful... thanks! :hyper:
     
  7. Both Tool bassists use mesa amps. I think Justin uses a demeter pre too. And a myriad of effects.

    I really hope I spelled myriad right.

    edit(robot): Sorry Bryan it's Myriad, not miriad.
     
  8. Rumzini

    Rumzini

    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    Did, (the name escapes me), the first bassist use a Stingray at all? Also I heard Justin used a lil Flang effect for sure...
     
  9. sloppysubs

    sloppysubs

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    paul used (over his time in tool):
    ovation magnum bass
    rick 4003 chris squire bass
    stingray bass
    ashdown amp heads
    mesa cabs
    distorion
    delay
    chorus (not all the time though)
    pick and he played that thing hard
    he mightve had mesa amps im not sure and possibly a whammy


    justin (as far as i can remember):
    stingray bass
    wal basses
    mesa amps (m-200, 400+, m-pulse 600)
    mesa cabs
    demeter pre
    distortion (probably a few)
    delay
    flanger
    chorus
    autowah
    whammy
    spectrum (boss)
    eq
    bass driver
    and im sure a few other assorted effects
    im sure hes got some more rack gear
    hes also got his amps foot switches for whatever he wants
    he plays with a pick too and hard too
     
  10. Rumzini

    Rumzini

    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    Just lately my band has decided to do a TOOL cover or two...and I've never played with a pick. So...I wasn't quite getting the tone until I was just hammering at the strings with the pick...yeah they play hard.

    Oh yeah...Paul was his name. What is he doing these days. Would like to hear something from him now.

    Any idea whe new TOOL album is due?

    I'm in a TOOL mode going on 2 months now.
     
  11. I heard Maynard has been laying down his lyrics. But knowing TOOL the album probably wont be out for ages. I hope they still put out that live dvd they said they were gona put out.
     
  12. sloppysubs

    sloppysubs

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC

    paul did a project called replicants, then he did his own weird pop band called lusk and now hes doing his new rock project feersum ennjin (www.feersumennjin.com)

    new tool...rumored this month, maybe maybe not
     
  13. Damn. Sleep deprivation sucks.
     
  14. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    This one is a bit obvious, but it's something that often helps me... new strings! On a similar note, I was really curious how Doug from King's X got his bass tone. I threw on some new strings, cranked my gain a bit, some EQing and I was pretty similar.
     
  15. sloppysubs

    sloppysubs

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    +1. not sure if paul did, but i believe justin changes his for every show
     
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    MMMm, new strings every show... ahh to be rich... and in a band. :crying:
     
  17. panazza

    panazza

    Nov 23, 2003
    italy
    I know justin sends three signals to the board... two clean (mesa/demeter) and one slightly overdriven...

    I would like to know if paul did the same thing on undertow... :rolleyes:
     
  18. Go to Tech21's web site and listen to their Sansamp Bass Driver samples. I think they have one setting for a Tool sound. It sounds a lot like Stinkfist.
     
  19. panazza

    panazza

    Nov 23, 2003
    italy
    yes but where to get the settings??! :rolleyes:
     
  20. Tooltabs.net

    Tooltabs.net

    Mar 16, 2005
    Justin uses 2 different Mesa Boogie heads....he uses the M2000 for his clean signal and an Mpulse 600 for his dirty signal. I am positive, I have owned both (currently use the mpulse)....the M2000 has alot more tonal options, but the mpulse has some serious gain and a much simpler EQ system.