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Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 08:59:00

I don't know what the heck I was smoking before when I tried this and failed, but I take back everything I said before about not being able to get a good bass tone on the POD HD.

I spent a little time with my P-Bass and HD400 and dialed in a tone for my bass that's rich, lively, and sounds great.  Like many of you, bass is not my primary instrument, but I do need the ability to lay down a groove with at least one good bass tone.  This is worth at least $100 to me in some other gear I can now get rid of, since I can count on my POD HD for a good bass tone!

Of course this is using the Bassman amp and cab model.  I think my problem before was the mic selection.  I don't remember if I just didn't change it from the default or what, but the only mics that didn't sound overly guitarish to my ears were the condensers, the 87 model being my choice.

Here's a link to the HD400 patch at customtone:

http://line6.com/customtone/tone/208049/



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by silverhead on 2010-10-09 09:01:01

How about putting it up on Customtone.com? I'd love to try it out - with my Variax 300 on a full octave drop alternate tuning.



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 09:06:21

Posted it up.  Not sure how it will sound with a drop-tuned Variax, as I dialed this in for a split P-Bass pickup, but let us know how it goes.



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Mr_Arkadin on 2010-10-09 09:55:32

Could you post the settings you used as my 300 changes some of the settings? I don't know which ones have changed. I need something basic for live work (I have bass distortions so I'm covered there).



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 10:08:11

Here you go...

Amp/Cab - Tweed B-Man

Mic - 87 Cond

Room - 10

Drive - 5

Bass - 25

Mid - 30

Treb - 50

Pres - 25

Ch Vol -50

FX1 - Studio EQ

Routing - Post

Lo - 75Hz / +1.1dB

Mid - 200Hz / +2.2dB

Output - +7.0dB

Verb - Tile

Routing - Post

Predly - 0

Decay - 40

Tone - 50

Mix - 5

Gate - As needed



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Mr_Arkadin on 2010-10-09 10:09:39

Cheers, fella! It was just the EQ that was missing.



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Detch on 2010-10-09 12:10:50

can you please post the sound sample. Cause not everyone are able to buy the unit at the moment. At least in my country we still don't have them in stores...



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 12:42:23

Yeah, I was thinking that model wasn't in the 300.  To me it sounded decent without the EQ, but really shined once I got some of the lower ranges boosted a bit.  I wanted a more precise frequency boost than what I got from cranking the bass knob.

I'm sure you'll be able to get something decent with the parametric EQ in the 300 and/or tweaking the tone knobs to your taste.



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 12:44:05

Man, I'd love to but that's gonna have to wait a couple of days.  If I play bass any more today I'm gonna get a blister which would absolutely suck.  Like I said, I ain't no bassist!



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Detch on 2010-10-09 12:54:55

Ok. Thanx mate!



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by silverhead on 2010-10-09 12:59:19

I've downloaded and tried out the tone - good work, mr_slugworth!

As mentioned I'm playing it through a Variax 300 patch that I downloaded from somewhere. Somebody else created it and called it P-Bass. I can't vouch for its accuracy but your bass tone through my HD400 sounds pretty good with it. Certainly good enough for me to use in my home studio until/unless I want to get a real bass player with a real rig. Thanks!



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by mr_slugworth on 2010-10-09 13:09:15

P-Bass patch for Variax?  Rock on.  I luvs me some P-bass.  I'd love to hear it if you can record a few seconds worth.  Although it might not help with my JTV GAS!



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Karl_Houseknecht on 2010-10-09 13:20:47

Try the Hiwatt model with the Tube Comp in front of it.  Nice, clear bass tone.  Good for finger playing.

Tube Comp:

Thresh: 50

Level: 19

Hiway amp:

Drive: 60

Bass: 88

Mid: 83

Treb: 31

Pres: 72

ChanVol: 83

412 Hiway cab, 67 condenser, 10% room

EQ: 4 band shift

low: 5.1

low mid: 0

hi mid: 3.4

shift: lowest setting



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by silverhead on 2010-10-09 13:39:34

Karl, unfortunately the HD400 doesn't have the Tube comp, nor can we use both compressor and EQ simultaneously. I'm sure the tone sounds great on the HD500. Wish I could use it!!



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by Karl_Houseknecht on 2010-10-09 13:59:27

Sorry about that.  I need to remember.



Re: Good Bass Tone on POD HD = YES!
by silverhead on 2010-10-09 18:57:49

No worries - thanks for taking the time to create a good bass tone. I'm just kinda wishing that I had the HD500!!




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