Best Effects for Grungy Punk Bass

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Best Effects for Grungy Punk Bass

Post by jules_alex » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:44 am

I’m putting together a sort of punk jazz tune featuring drums, electric bass and horns. I’m looking to get a big, driving, upfront bass sound. What effects are worth running a bass through to bring it out in the mix and get a ‘bass friendly’ drive and some distortion? A lot of these effects seem to thin the bass out and make it sound buzzier but with less presence… Anyone any ideas?
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Re: Best Effects for Grungy Punk Bass

Post by Mark Bliss » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:08 am

If you are using MX9, maybe experiment with this:

Before trying plug-ins,
Roll off the lowest frequencies to give more attack and headroom. Crank up the drive knob till it gets a little "fizzy" and crank up the compression knob generously.

Then from there you might try some further compression, saturation or distortion plug-ins, depending on what you have.
Be sure to listen in the context of the mix more than solo....
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Re: Best Effects for Grungy Punk Bass

Post by Rolling Estonian » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:31 am

Sounds like a job for Sausage Fattener!!!!!

Of course you can go all kinds of other routes but SF is legendary. Just turn the knob to make him just a bit angry. LOL

Not to take away from Marks great advice, just thought I'd throw in a plug..... See that?!? A plug?!? Hah!


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