I asked Maxwell to do a pretty informal write up of his experiences with low end. He’s done more to look into effectively producing low end than most people I know. This is what he came up with. If anything let’s use this to start a dialogue.


Hello there, this is Maxwell.

I guess I should preface this rambling with me saying I really don’t know how to play instruments, I have absolutely zero technical skill. I like weird noises, drones, low rumbles, and playing the same simple thing over and over listening for subtle variations in the sounds that are happening, and I never write anything to try and keep in the spirit of that. I am not a professional musician, nor a tech of any sort. All of this is being written by a guy who just likes Sunn O))), Bongripper, and Conan tone way too much.

Anywho, Karebear asked me to write a bit on low end, it’s something I’ve been interested in for a pretty long time. I started playing bass for a friend’s band and then I got a big muff and it took off from there. Next came a Line 6 Verbzilla, and I got super into spacey noises when paired with the fuckity chorus on my Peavey TNT 115, the thing sounded like robots shooting lasers, and it was righteous.

I’m going to try and talk about things from one part of your rig to the next, in an instrument>effects>amp>cab sort of way just so I’m not all over the place.

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