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Old 12-09-2008, 08:18 PM   #61
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In this particular case, here are two things that I know and that you don't, that are the keys to understanding why 100Hz was the magic frequency. Before you read the explanation below, think about the following two facts and see if you can guess why a boost at 100Hz fixed the problem, but a boost at 110Hz made it worse:

-The song is a I-IV-V progression in D

-This particular bass guitar tends to sound notes on the "D" string quieter than notes on other strings (this is not *at all* uncommon, even on good basses)

(If you don't know how a bass guitar is strung or what a I-IV-V progression is, then don't hurt yourself, just skip ahead).

I realized after working it out that this was kind of a confusing example/trick question, so skip ahead before you dig out the slide rule.

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