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Your best recorded tone and how you got it???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by father of fires, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    With all the talk about the best amp/bass/cab/fuzz/etc. it got me wondering. What is the best recorded tone you ever got?

    How did you get it?

    Please include sound samples if you can.

    My favorites are 1 mic band practice recordings from many years ago that I've never been able to replicate. I'll post mine when I can find them (they're on CD's in boxes in storage).

    It was an American Jazz Bass -> MXR M80 pre->Crown Macrotech Power Amp->SWR Goliath II->****** sampler we used to record practices with.
  2. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    2008 Hwy One Jazz through an Avalon U5 DI. Volume knobs at 75%, tone knob rolled most of the way off. Unfortunately I don't recall the settings for the U5, but it was pure warm tone. I don't have an example because the record isn't finished yet. I plan on buying my own U5, though. Up until this session I'd been a 'mic my cab' die hard, but not anymore.
  3. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    American Fender Standard P to Ampeg 210 combo amp, Direct into the board through a Reddi DI and mic'd the cab also.


    pretty sure there are sound clips from the record on there. Also, it was a 1971 API mixing console.
  4. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    Warwick Corvette (passive) fretless strung with broken in but freshly cleaned DR Hi-Beams, Sansamp BDDI for dirt tone only, Ashdown Mag 600 head cranked to the point of almost breakup through an Acoustic 210 Neo cab with the tweeter off. I'm actually not sure about the mics but I think we did a DI from the head and then used a Shure kick drum mic and an SM57 on the speakers. Then all the signals were blended, compressed and EQ'd in Pro Tools. We didn't do any crazy editing or doctoring in post production. The compression was pretty light and the EQ was just to get everything in the mix just right.

    The first two songs on our bandcamp, Fragile and Clear, have the best examples of my dirt and clean tones. Clear has delay on it too which was provided by the "analog" emulation on my Line 6 Echo Park.

  5. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention that for the songs I referenced and most others I had the tone knob open all the way and both pickups on full. I played a fretted Tobias Growler 5 on five songs with the EQ set flat and the pickup balance set in the middle if anyone bothers to listen to the other songs.
  6. freu


    Dec 7, 2010
    Fender Classic 60's Jazz Bass, Tesla Pickups.
    M-Audio Fast Track, Magix Samplitude DAW, Amplitube vst
    Tube Preamp
    Ampeg b-15
    Tube Compressor
    Rack Compressor
    some EQ here and there

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 16, 2014
  7. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    84 Ric 4001 through Trace Elliot AH500X.

    Still to this day my favorite sound for recording.