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How to achieve that super clanky bass tone?!

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by bryan_kilco, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. He's Dead, Jim

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    Play around with the input volume on the amp you're using for the distorted track. I find that lower-gain amps and lower input volumes will, if you're playing with a pick, give it a horrible, screechy tone from the pick attack. But if you run it hotter through the amp, that starts to disappear. The trade-off is that it's not as tight.
     
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    maybe the distortion is not dense enough... try smashing it with a comp or saturate it (Devil-Loc, pushed satson, decapitator or similar).
     
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    Every time I try the separate-track-with-distortion approach, no matter what distortion or EQ I've tried, the end result just sounds like there's some gross noise going on in the background of the mix. Am I just picking shitty distortions?

    I've tried all the LePou amps, with and without cabs, the TSE 808 and Rat sims, even Extremist since it can do that really sexy old-Edge-of-Sanity grindy tone...
     
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    I know dudes will disagree but IMO if the distorted track isn't cool solo'd it won't be cool. By "cool" I don't mean perfect, but the "so distorted it sounds terrible" thing has never worked for me.
     
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    HCL Holy Crap! Lions!

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    Best bass tone's I've ever had came through an RBI, EMG pickups. I had to do almost no processing to the top end to get it sounding great.
     
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    HCL Holy Crap! Lions!

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    That sounds great.
     
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    Oh boy that is it. That is the bass tone I want..
    I can tell that is the B7k because of all the clips I listen to of Nolly's (from Periphery) bass tone. Damn I love his and your tone. So damn heavy.
     
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    Try high-passing the DI before it hits the amp/sim/pre/whatever-you're-using-for-tone.
     
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    I like to use distortion pedals (rat, heavy overdrive) and basically make them sound like a dimed muff pedal (I'd use a muff if I had one haha) as the dynamic-less, phat DISTORTED sound. Blending tracks of different distortion pedals is cool too. For the "clank" I'll just have like a clean, slightly driven track to poke through and cut. Then I'll have the low sub DI track.

    Messing with the faders for these and filtering (very important) correctly will produce a massive sound. Then standard EQ, comp, limiter, ect. on the bus.
     
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    Tried to reproduce this sound with BOD and match-eq.
    Didn’t work out. Sounded completely different.
    Even two serial BODs didn’t do the job.
    (It didn’t sound bad at all, but I just wanted to reproduce this specific sound just fort he fun of it)

    Yeah I know…different bass, different strings, different player, different overdrive, different interface…
    But I expected to get closer than what I achived.
     
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    Any info on the bass/pickups? Savage tone!
     
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    I've found harmonics in bass around 450hz (there is one or 2 harmonics right around that area, you'll totally hear when boosted) that need to be cut out. Especially on distorted bass track. I've found that I like prominent low-end when it goes into distortion (also adjusted clunk before distortion), because it enhance hi-end rattling inside distortion. Than it can be hi-passed and blended with cleaner bass track.
     
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    I'm "searching" this type of sound since I've started to play with music production. The general rule is pretty simple, but to get this sound it takes a lot of tweaking (I haven't had opportunity to mix hi end bass so far tough).
    But if you ask me if it's possible - then yes - you can get pretty similar results (of course you can clearly hear the difference, especially this grinding low-mid area in B7K example)

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/1klk55hqrk2snnj/Gaclav_Bass_Grind_Tone.mp3?dl=0

    Tone is mainly Ignite SHB with little bit of B.O.D
    (DI taken from Icem4n's KSE cover. I'm currently working on it so stay tuned;))
     
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    The bass DI on that KSE cover is awesome. Made a pretty nice tone with it using Amplitude, then tried another cover song's bass DI with the same settings and it sounded like poop.
    I think the bass itself is the most important part of the tone.
     
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    Totally agree! It's useless if you have insanely good guitars and kick+snare when bass sucks and sound like a piece of cardboard with used towing lines (If you're into "modern" metal sound). Good wood, good electronics and FRESH STRINGS :)
     

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