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Old 11th November 2012 , 12:16 AM
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Default Bass guitar EQ

I could do with a little advice, please.

I have been recording myself playing my Squier Affinity Jazz Bass, using fingers not a pick and with both pickups and the tone up full, plugged direct into a Focusrite Sapphire 6 USB audio interface and straight on into a 24 bit 48kHz Logic Express arrangement. So far so good.

When I come to listening to the recording it is full in the bass but there seems to be no discernable treble at all. The frequency response looks like this:



At first I wasn't worried because on my studio speakers it sounds quiet but present and pleasantly warm, as it does on headphones. On my iPod with earbuds it sounds the same but when I plugged headphones into my iPod teh bass was overwhelming. So, back to the studio.

Having listened and played with EQ I have arrived at this weird looking EQ which sounds much better but is not perfect:



The high pass has reduced the warm, full bass.

98Hz is where it has bass without being too flabby.

The cut at 166Hz is because if I swapped the cut for a 24Hz boost I get a ringing. I thought that it could be a room mode but I recordrd direct and can hear this on headphones, avoiding the room altogether. All I can think of is maybe it's the resonant frequency of the guitar.

The cut at 840Hz reduces the scratch or sharp pluck when I catch a nail on a string (because my fingernails are long enough for fingerpicking on my acoustic).

The high shelf starting at 800Hz was a desperate attempt to find some treble content and because +15db is a bit drastic I added the high cut at 10k.

I am curious as to what your thoughts are. I wonder why the recording seems to have next to no treble content and whether this is normal and whether there is a normal way to record or EQ a bass guitar.
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Old 11th November 2012 , 06:25 PM
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Ummm... silly question... did you have the treble rolled off at the bass?
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Thanks for the suggestion, it's not a silly question but I did have the tone fully up. Naturally I will experiment further; I just thought there may be something obvious (like the tone control) that I have overlooked.
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