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bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost

 
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Seth



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 5:11 pm    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

Hi Folks,

Two of the tracks on Burning Spear's Garvey's Ghost 100th Anniversary have a mildly distorted bass: "Farther East of Jack" and "Reggaelation." It almost sounds like the bass is overdriving the mixer. So I'm curious, can anyone identify the distortion, and is there a way to reproduce it with an outboard effect?

Thanks,
Seth Deysher
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KoCha



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:39 pm    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

I think you need an old analog mixer to achieve this so beautiful sound...

Perhaps an outboard effect can do, but not same... just imitation..

Jah Bless
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interruptor



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:33 pm    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

Hi Seth,

Just listened to Farther East of Jack..

You may be right it could really be the input gain stage of the mixer (in that case they must have used the channel EQ to filter away the harsh high frequencies that usually appear when overdriving a mixer input stage). Another possibility would be that they have just overdriven the tape while recording the bass line (tape saturation).

I recently got quite pleasing results when i slightly distorted a played bassline using a free plugin called "blockfish" from digital fishphones
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Seth



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 10:05 pm    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

Thank you both for responding. Interruptor, you put into words what's I like so much about that bass tone: distortion without the harshness. Do you have a soundclip of your blockfish-ed bass?
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interruptor



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:38 am    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

a clip of the tune will be available on this site in some weeks.. in the meantime just try out the blockfish, it's free.
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Seth



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:32 pm    Post subject: bass distortion on Garvey's Ghost Reply with quote

The only audio program on my computer is Reason. Digital Performer (and a new Mac to run it) may be in the not too distant future. I have been eyeing a non-virtual, tube compressor for my bass rig though. . .
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