It all started out with the compressor that’s built into the Carvin amp I use to power the low end of my bass rig. Had it dialed in pretty high and all sounded good through one set of 4×10 and 1×18 speaker cabinets.

While recording a scratch track with Chris from the Black Hat Trio I noticed that the volume levels for vocals, guitars and the beat box all looked good. On the other hand, the bass low B string was thundering to peak on the meters, but the other four strings were producing very little output.

Setting the compressor so high hid the fact that I had not re-balanced the Roland GK pickup on the bass synth since my Zon five string bass had come back from its upgrade. The Roland bass synth drives the audio signal to both the Carvin amp as well as into the recording rig.

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