Hi guys! I have some questions about setting up a "metal" bass tone. Being a guitarist (more pretending to be one ), my main focus was always on the guitar tone. I didn't even realize how much the bass affects the sound of a guitar in a "mix". Now as I started to make some simple recordings the main problem is to find a bass, that fits in and doesn't change the character of the guitars in a negative way (which actually happens atm). Honestly, I don't even know if there is a "metal" bass tone. Personally I like this full and kind of warm "clean" tone but on the other side I like some distorted tones too. Dilemma? I personally don't know a "metal" bassist - former bandmates were more rock, jazz or funk oriented. That was always a problem when playing metal songs, but thats another story... Maybe I'm not the only one with these issues. I have searched the forum and found here and there some tips and hints... but mainly related to some bass hardware I don't have. I'm aware about the following points (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!): - The main contribution to a decent sound comes from your fingers (ok first problem, I'm no bassist) - The quality of your equipment (I have a VERY cheap bass and no bass amp/cab) is very important. I think this is the same as with guitars, guitar amps and cabs. - Different styles, different personal tastes == different tones (But they all have for sure something in common) - The overall sound depends on if you play rythm oriented or if you "double" the guitar riffs Please keep in mind, that I have no amp to use - all I have is gearbox and (free) plugins. BTW Gearbox comes with a lot of presets but even with hours of tweaking I didn't get good results... I'm sure doing something wrong. So here are my main questions (if someone has other questions - post 'em here ): Which pickup do you use or how do you blend them? Are there any rules as for example its common to use only the bridge PU for distorted rhythm parts in metal? How to pick a bass correctly? Do you play with palm mutes? What are the main or really important frequencies and ranges where a bass has to be present and where not? I know that this depends a lot on the actual mix and that there is no magical "superhero bass sound" button. Maybe some starting points. What about dynamics? I read a lot about compressing or even limiting a bass but unfortunately a) I have no reference tone or b) the articles/threads handle different styles. Do you know where to find rough guides and hints? Don't get me wrong, I have tried different things which worked in one area and then failed in another. What about distortion? I've read about splitting the signal and distorting one side, high pass it and blending it with the undistorted lowpassed signal. I've tried this with little to no success. Do bassists change the amount of distortion during a song? This thread is not intended to be something like "give me exact settings for a monster bass tone" - I just need a direction for my way to the best tone I can achieve with my possibilities. I hope the questions are not too stupid...:zombie: Also I'd love to hear some examples of what you like or use. Long post, I know... but maybe it's also helpful for others. Thank you in advance.