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warmth and tone

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by windchillbass, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. windchillbass


    Jan 24, 2009
    hi there,

    i was wondering what gives your tone warmth. I know what it sounds like, but don't know how to describe it technically or producing it.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Everybody will have a different take on this, but here's mine:

    1) Soft/mild clipping. Not buzzy distortion, not grind, but a more subtle clipping that introduces some compression and increases some of the harmonic complexity and presence.

    2) Boosted low mids. Simple as that. A lot of the time a "cold" signal can be made to sound warm just by adjusting the EQ to emphasize those low mids and de-emphasize the highs and high mids.

  3. I added a heavier rated capacitor in a couple of my basses too....going from whatever to a .1 uf cap helped and really made a noteable difference.

    Like Bongo said.....opinions may differ, but thats good.
  4. +1
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    And, the smell of the tone. I know, sounds like a joke, but, I can actually smell good tone.
  6. Wow. Does Mesa Boogie smell good?
  7. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Hell yes!

    Add tubes... that helps.
  8. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Eh, describing tone technically is boring. Better to just refer to it with adjectives like warm, crunchy, and tasty, and even better if it comes from a bass that plays like butter.

    When you cannot tell if you are describing your tone or your breakfast, you've got it. :)

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