Bass guitar and clean guitar problems

Discussion in 'Bass' started by phatsam, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. phatsam

    phatsam Guest

    The high notes on bass are not as audible as the low notes and the low notes on guitar are not as audible as the high notes. What can I do to fix this? I am using reaper.
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    EQ, volume levels and compression.

  3. phatsam

    phatsam Guest

    Could you be a bit more specific please? I tried boosting aroung 5000 Hz and cutting around 150 Hz for bass guitar. And I'm not great with compression, just used a bass guitar preset. Thanks!
  4. boxcar

    boxcar Active Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Okanagan,B.C. Canada
    Just a thought but are those guitars properly set up.
    string hight/radius/nut/fret levels,ect.
    The notes on my guitars and bass are even throughout volume wise.
    Also should be able to adjust the pick-ups.
  5. ToddP

    ToddP Active Member

    May 24, 2005
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    Compression will make the dynamics more even (make the notes more even in volume). But you will need to play with the low end eq because it will also make the bass more boomy. 5000kHz is just fret noise. I wouldn't boost up there.
    There is no specific setting. You have to use your ears.
  6. McLaughlin

    McLaughlin Active Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Sam, are you using any heavy distortion on your guitar? Are you micing the cab, DI, using an amp simulator?

    With heavy distortion, you'll find it to be a lot more "muddy" and lose clarity, which for an Electric guitar, means your high notes will scream, but your bass notes will lose definition.

    If that's not the case, I'd look to a compressor first thing. The compressor will take your quieter notes and make them louder, while take your louder phrases and making them a bit quieter. Don't overdue it or you'll get a weird pumping sound (which can actually sound cool depending on the circumstances).

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