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Old 17th April 2013, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default What CD or Music file YOU USE to test bass???

Hi, I would like to hear suggestions of CDs or music files used to test the bass of your system, after tuning it with the pulse, pink noise, white noise, 20-200Hz "non musical" stuff.
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Old 17th April 2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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20-200Hz "non musical" stuff.
Yup, you're right. It is easy to test the "non-musical" sound. The most important thing is the "musical" stuff.

At midrange test, we know that the vocal not only should exist (which of course it does) but it should also be natural.

Now quality bass should also display natural "musical" sound.

I don't listen to pipe organ or electronic music but as a test I play the music for a special purpose such as healing, meditation, etc. This kind of material usually provides sub 20Hz sound. Most of the music will contain the sound of sea wave as it is the most common natural sound cotaining low frequency.

The good thing about this seawave recording (may be certain movie related to sea storm contains this low frequency too) is that you can hear the "soundstage", such that good speaker (box) will have natural sound while bad ones will have undefined "rumbling" of the low frequency.
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Old 17th April 2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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This one is pretty good, the bass on the track "Le Temps Passť" will scare the living daylight out of mostly everyone (specially of your woofers)...

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Try Faithless with their singles Salva Mea or Insomnia (radio edit). They tend to have clean bass and sway away from compressing their sound.
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Old 17th April 2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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One of the CDs I use is Best of FourPlay.
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Old 17th April 2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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thunderclaps are good too (on a natural theme) the beginning of Extreme Pornograffiti album has a nice rainstorm with thunder.
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Old 17th April 2013, 01:17 PM   #8
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Kind of Blue

The reasons I believe this album are quintessential in evaluating an entire system are:
the production is minimal; the quality of the production has never been questioned; the instruments are all acoustic; and the amount of detail heard and felt only increases as the audio system performance increases.

When "Blue" sounds good, everything else will fall right in line.
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Old 17th April 2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Solo strings are good test music, Cello goes down to ~60hz, Bass goes one octave lower to ~30hz. Fiddle and bass duo's make great test music as well as they present a large range and some pleasant sounding harmonics. Testing tones and sweeps are good for initial tests, but they don't reproduce the transient nature of music. I find the vibrato in cello great for demoing the resolution of system as well.

Zoe Keating is awesome for solo (ish, she layers multiple tracks of herself and there are other sounds present) cello, zo keating: music and projects, she has 3 albums streamed in their entirety at decent quality and available for cheap lossless download there. I like the middle of the 3 albums best.

For rock music open sounding duo's can be pretty good as well. Old Black Keys like the Rubber Factory album, "Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground" by the White Stripes is pretty pretty open, with sparse but slamming application of kick drum (35hz primary if I remember right), I've used it to test power supply sag quite effectively.

As the poster above mentioned Kind of Blue, (other jazz quartets and sextets will be good as well) is awesome, though I find it hard to not get caught up in the music when trying to evaluate a certain aspect of the sound. For more Miles Davis try Round About Midnight as well.

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Old 17th April 2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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"Bass I love You" by Bass Mekanik has some very low stuff going down to around 8Hz as I recall.

The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)" has nice punchy upper bass/kick.

Pink Floyd has a lot of tracks with good LF, "Dogs of War" is one I remember offhand.

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