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what exactly is meant by punchy and bright

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CrazyJay, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. CrazyJay


    Apr 6, 2009
    Hello all,

    I'd like to know what punchy and bright sound like. Also, what do they mean in terms of frequencies.

  2. Steve!


    Nov 5, 2008
    I think punchy and bright means more defined mid and high frequencies
  3. Stickk


    Sep 2, 2008
    Listen to the album 10,000 Days by Tool.
  4. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    listen to blink 182 take off your pants and jacket album on youtube
  5. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Everyone has different definitions of punchy & bright as far as EQ goes. A lot of that depends on the voicing, type (single coils vs humbuckers) & also body position of your pickups. For my jazz basses, my EQ definitions of those terms happens to be:

    Punchy = A boost of frequencies somewhere between 100Hz to 200Hz

    Bright = A boost of frequencies somewhere between 2KHz to 4Khz
  6. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Punchy and Bright = Evander Holyfield, as opposed to Mike Tyson. ;)
  7. tycobb73


    Jul 23, 2006
    Grand Rapids MI

    just kidding.

    I think of that as more of a modern tone vs old school tone.
  8. rarbass


    Jul 3, 2008
    Personally, when I hear "punchy AND bright" I think of Marcus Miller's tone. It's got great low-end, but also a nice trebly twang to add to his specific tone.
  9. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Punchy is a more funky sound in my book
    That means high mids

    Bright on the other hand is similar but a smiley face on the eq with more highs.
  10. tapp01


    Apr 10, 2008
    Wilmington, NC


  11. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    That's pretty close to my definition. For the OP, punch is that sort of 'hit you in the chest' low mid definition, and at its extremes, is called by many 'burp'. Bright is just under sizzle:D... it's more an upper mid sort of presence, the best example being the 'hear the windings on the stainless steel strings' sort of grind you get from a J Bass. It's below that upper treble Marcus Miller type sizzle.
  12. Holy War

    Holy War

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    EBMM Stingray intro a Mesa 400+

    that my friends, is punchy
  13. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    Punchy - Low Sustain, for that big transients that die off quickly.
    Bright - High in harmonic content.

    At least, that's for me.
  14. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    That's funny, 'cause that's my name for it too (sizzle) which resides right above Bright & Clank is just under Bright. :D

    In a rough-ballpark, six-band naming convention, I typically call things:

    BOOM: 40-80Hz
    Punch: 100-300Hz
    Mids: 400-800Hz
    Clank: 1Khz-2Khz
    Bright: 3K-5K
    Sizzle: 5K- & up
  15. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    +1 based on my ear and descriptions!
  16. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    "Sober" by Tool.

    Also, for early punchy and somewhat bright, "My Generation" by the Who.
  17. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    res ipsa loquitur

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