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Bas(s)ics of heavy music bass tone

Discussion in 'Musicians Corner' started by Zax666, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. Zax666

    Zax666 The Prince Of Ice. Almost

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    No, it's not me.

    A friend of mine is starting out bass and wants to know if there's something specific (apart from chops) that is required for heavy music.

    My (purely speculative) guess would be a compressor is required to keep up with distorted guitars, but I want to hear bassists' thoughts on the subject.
     
  2. Wavebreaker

    Wavebreaker Apollo Rises!!!!

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    A good bass with active pickups, a good tube amp, an external compressor (multi-band if possible), and good taste.

    Recordin and mixing bass is a totally different story...
     
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    ShredManWalking Hit man for the Order

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    I personally think that compression is a must in heavy metal bass tone.
     
  4. Romeo.jr

    Romeo.jr can't touch this

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    being a bass player myself in a metal band, i would say that a compressor is definetly not a must. i find that when i need to be heard, the attack of a non-compressed bass works best, and it keeps it clean. thats just me though.
     
  5. MajorRager

    MajorRager Lilitu Bassist

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    I don't use a compressor either. Perhaps when I'm recording, but that's about it. I've got a nice, raw but warm, punchy tone
     
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    If you've got a good engineer, there's no reason the studio can't handle compression.. I agree about the tube amp, though!
     
  7. Zax666

    Zax666 The Prince Of Ice. Almost

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    I was thinking of the compressor as of something to smoothen out the very attack of the note, not heavy compression.
     
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    MajorRager Lilitu Bassist

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    Thomas Miller DID use some kind of compression! If you listen to Eyes of Medusa off Divine Wings, you can hear it near the beginning. It's at at like 0:30
     
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    You can indeed hear a lot of compression there - sounds like shit. Not saying compression in general does - I think it's a good idea for heavy metal bass. But the beginning of "Eyes of Medusa" makes me cringe.
     
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    seed2003 Bringer of Jello!

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    lol i was listening to that very song as i was reading this thread and didnt even notice untill you pointed it out lol
     
  11. Zax666

    Zax666 The Prince Of Ice. Almost

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    I'm listening to it right now and yeah, he got a bit heavy on it.

    Never noticed it before, though.
     

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