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How do you get this bass tone?

Discussion in 'Bass' started by Imaginaryday, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    I know it's all in the fingers but, is this tone unique to a special gear setup?
    take a listen at http://gibraltarband.com/IDIR/idir03.mp3
    Much thanks!
  2. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    fretless bass -> compressor -> light chorus
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I concur
  4. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    Groff and Davedog, thank you guys for the reply. what kind of compression setting gets the job done?
  5. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    good call....
  6. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    I'm afraid there’s no clear answer like -set like that and forget. It's wide field. Sounds like cliche or bs but it's true. It depends of many things: guitar, players right hand technique, type of compressor (very important, because all are different and react differently), dynamic range, pattern you play, tempo, etc. If I give you straight answer about settings it could be totally wrong for your style/song or too wide to set.


    ratio: 3:1 to 8:1
    attack: 8- 50 ms
    release: 150 – 300 ms
    treshold 6-8 dB
    make up gain to compensate

    See? Moreover the secret is in fine tuning .....

    There are few really good posts in this forum about compressor in general, I mean really, really good. Search, read, learn and – practice. Fingers and ears. Understanding how compressor works will make you feel like home. For the rest of your life. Believe me. :cool:

    Best regards








    hope that helps a bit
  7. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    Groff, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your reply and the web links!!
    I will get me a decent compressor and play around until I am happy. what can you get on a $500-$600 budget? Also, can I get a good floor compression stomp for live situations?
  8. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    As a guitar player I had good experience with this one:

    Link removed

    It would be nice if somebody who is more bass-boy than me jump here with suggestions.

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