How to make your live bass sound better than ever

Taking Back Sunday bassist Shaun Cooper performs live
(Image credit: Carrie Davenport/Redferns)

Great tone is, in theory, all in the hands, but understanding the technology helps you determine what you need (and want), and implement your gear with more effective results. But even with the right gear and a great set of hands, you can still go to a gig and get crappy tone.

Every performance space presents a new sonic challenge, and no one faces this challenge more severely than the bass player. Bass frequencies are tricky to work with, the waveforms are big, they generate a lot of energy in an environment, and they’re often unregulated - you have the musical equivalent of a runaway bulldozer destroying all in its path.

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