Re: Where's the sound

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Posted by fusionman on September 20, 2000 at 00:58:45:

In Reply to: Where's the sound posted by Bob the Bass player on September 16, 2000 at 00:17:58:

: I was just wondering you opinion on the following subject: what makes for a good bass sound. I've always been of the opinion that 80% of my sound comes from my fingers and 19% from the amp. I find the kind of bass I use is pretty much irrelevant - I've been playing a $300 Samick Jazz copy for the past 6 years and have no intention of changing. It's all in the fingers. By varying my left hand technique I can get pretty close to any sound I want. Even though I'm a left hand finger player I have no problems gettinging a pick sound or even something close to a slap sound. The amp though is pretty important.There's your warm boomy Ampeg sound and the slightly fuzzy acoustic amp sound. I like the latter myself - I use to play through an acoustic 360 when I was young at a studio and fell in love with the sound. The reason I'm writing this is becouse I've developed a lot of theories about bass sound but I don't get to talk to many other bass players to see what they think about it, so maybe I'm totally off track. Anyway I'd like to know what you think. This is great message board.
: Keep on jammin,

: Bob

I'll have to disagree partly in this matter. Of course I have to admit that some of the sound comes out of your fingers but your equipment has a bigger roll in making your sound better. The equipment makes you sound better, your fingers make you sound unique. First there's the strings, new strings make a big difference in your sound. Then there is your mic, I bought a new mic in my old bass and it definately made me sound better. Next is your amp, I've got a Hartke amp with a great eq. I can change my sound a lot with it, no question about it. Then there is the speakers, the speakers make a bigger difference you could possibly imagine. I have a Trace-Elliot 8x10 and it sounds great but when I go to play with some friends I use their Marshall 4x12 bass cabinet and everything else is just the same, my sound is totally different, it totally sucks. All in all, I think that your sound can't be good if it is bad all ready when it leaves your bass, but then again if your equipment is bad the sound won't be too good either. What comes to the thing that a pro sounds good with any equipment is right but with good equipment the pro will sound even better, way better. Thanks for reading. :)

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