To know what the raw starting point sounds like, here is a DRY version of the sample that I will use for these sound clips.
Now, let’s try to push in the BASS BOOST button, but leave the EQ knobs in their center positions and the COMPRESSOR and ENHANCE knobs turned all the way down.
As you can hear, the BASS BOOST button works in the really low frequencies, adding an almost sub-bass dimension to the tone. You can still hear the mids and highs, but the additional warmth also means more mud.
Next let’s listen to the MID part of the EQ section. The MID knob is boosted by two ‘steps’, and if the boost is linear that would translate into +6 dB. In the first sound clip, the boost is centered at 550 Hz, and in the second sound clip, the MID SHIFT button is activated, centering the boost at 2.2 kHz.
For this bass (a passive Fender Jazz with maple neck and fret board), I prefer the 550 Hz setting, so I will use that for the rest of the sound clips.
I think this particular bass benefits from a slight boost in the low end, and while we’re at it, why not go for a classic scooped tone. In this clip, I bumped up the bass by two steps (+6 dB) and did the same with the TREBLE. MID is at the center position and the COMPRESSOR and ENHANCE knobs are still turned off.
I kind of like the slight scoop, but the high end also got a little ‘clanky’, so this next example is the same setting except for the TREBLE knob that is cut by two steps (-6 dB) instead of boosted.
Also a nice flavor, but maybe a bit too much of the definition has been sacrificed. Here is one final example of the EQ section with two steps of BASS boost (+6 db), one step of MID boost at 550 Hz (+3 dB) and one step of TREBLE cut (-3 dB).
Next, let’s move on to the ENHANCE knob…