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  • The Electric Bassist’s Guide to Surviving an Acoustic Gig

    4 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    The Electric Bassist’s Guide to Surviving an Acoustic Gig

    If you're used to playing electric bass, switching to an acoustic bass for a set can be intimidating. In addition to the technical adjustments you need to make in the move from an electric bass to an acoustic bass, there is also a whole new set of equipment considerations you need to take into account. After all, you can’t show up to that small coffee house gig with your full stack (technically you can, but you might scare the audience away when you load in!)

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  • High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies Part 2

    2 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies

    In Part 1 of this series we talked about frequencies of sound and some basic principles of equalization (EQ). Now let’s look at the most common types of EQs you are likely to encounter and how to use them to take control of your sound. Because each type of EQ has an application to which it is best suited many amp makers offer a combination EQ section to give you the best of each in a practical package. We’ll use the Carvin Audio BX700 bass amp combination EQ to explore each of these types but you’ll find these controls are quite universal once you know how they work and how to recognize them.

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  • High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies Part 1

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    High Shelving, Low Shelving Graphic EQ

    It is highly unusual to come across any sound system that lacks some form of equalization. While many features are only on the fanciest and most expensive systems, EQ is just about everywhere. Yet of all processing equipment equalization is one of the least understood and most underestimated by everyday musicians.

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  • Your Amp's Standby Switch: What It Does and How to Use It

    21 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Your Amp's Standby Switch: What It Does and How to Use It

    While longtime tube amp owners are familiar with operating the standby and power switches, the process may be slightly confusing for new guitarists or those switching over from solid state amps. Solid state amps only have a power switch that turns the amp on and off, but all of a sudden there’s another switch next to it on your new tube amp! Fortunately, the standby switch is very straightforward, yet absolutely essential. So essential, in fact, that all of Carvin Audio’s 50 Watt or more all-tube guitar amp models - such as the V3, X100B, and BELAIR come loaded with one. This article will explain what the standby switch does and how to use it.

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  • Losing Low End with Bass Overdrive? Here are Some Tips You Can Try

    15 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Losing Low End with Bass Overdrive

    One of the biggest obstacles bassists face when trying to make a dirty or overdriven bass tone sit in a full band mix is preventing the loss of low end in their sound. Sure, a dirty bass tone can really liven up your band’s mix and fatten up the overall sound, especially in a power trio setting or for heavier styles of music, but the last thing you want to do as a bassist is compromise on holding down the low end. Many overdrive pedals, even those intended for bass, have varying degrees of low end loss which may serve as a deterrent to many players considering an overdriven bass sound. Fortunately, there are ways to beef up your bass tone with overdrive while still keeping the low-end fundamental intact.

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