Re: Volume control
- From: sln <sln@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 14:30:08 -0700
First off where is JS?
When I post something I expect a negative remark from him.
I feel slighted if he doesn't reply.
I wanted to bring up 'volume' on an electric bass.
Most players set the volume control all the way up on a bass and
adjust the amp accordingly.
I set the volume on my bass near the middle and adjust the amp
I am a thumb player and I play hard.
At higher bass volumes I am not happy with my sound.
It either distorts or there is just no punch.
Amps sound best when pushed (but not to the point of distortion)
especially tube amps.
With the bass volume set lower I can play hard and get a good punchy
Plus it gives me some headroom when I need it.
How do you set your bass volume?
First of all - each person's equipment is different, as is what they want to hear out of it, so there is no solid rule. Given that...
The general rule is to keep the signal chain wide open until the very last. Get as much good signal from the instrument as possible by keeping the instrument volume up and the amp's input gain up, and use the volume control at the end to moderate the amount given to the speaker cones. Otherwise you end up amplifying a bad signal.
Of course, if you've got active electronics on your bass, you'll need to figure out if 100% on gives a distorted signal and modify as needed - maybe 85% is better in order to better handle thumb popping. Similarly, if you've got effects boxes in the chain, make sure they are putting out lots of good signal, but not over doing it and distorting.
As for myself, I set the pickups on my passive J and P/J basses generally wide open, but then cut the pickups in different ways to modify the sound. I set my amp gain to just under peaking when played moderately hard, and adjust the volume to the room's needs. I'll play the strings hard or soft depending on the volume needs of the song.
Mr. Shannon Nelson Parents can't afford to be squeamish.
sln - at - onemain dot com