Re: Clean Sounds
- From: "Steve Freides" <steve@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:33:32 -0500
And now I never have a clean signal. I have what's called a "clean"
bass tone, but there's still some distortion in it. And I'll often
use even more distortion than that, depending on the tune. To me it
makes the higher notes sound thicker and adds a nice layer of glue to
the music. That's why everyone loves the sound of 60's Motown bass or
Beatles albums or any number of 60's/70's recordings IMHO. They sound
clean in a mix but they're far from clean. McCartney's soloed bass
tracks that I've heard sound like they were recorded with a vid cam
and posted on Youtube, for example.
Good for you for being able to identify the sound you like and knowing
how to get it from the gear you use.
There's no such thing as a clean sound, anyway - there's always
distortion. We could have a long argument about where the threshold is
for audible distortion, but there's no point in that, either. In the
end, you figure out what you like and then hopefully figure out how to
And there's another whole discussion to be had about liking the sound on
60's recordings - for me, it's the vocalists who make the music from
that era, not the sound of the instruments.
I like having the ability to get a very clean sound and then color it as
much as I want. I find that even a $50 Line6 PocketPod Express works
wonders for certain things.
Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.
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