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Speaker testing - best music for bass?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by lfgj, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. lfgj

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    What are the best bass heavy tunes/thumping beats for a hifi/speaker test?

    I want to compile a cdr of tracks so as I can use it for auditioning new kit at a hifi dealer!
     
  2. pragmatic

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    The Bay watch theme has that heavy riff at the begining (it was on in a club the other night), supprisingly alot of rock an heavy metal doesn't go that low, so its more modern heavy manufactured/studio produced music that will do.

    Your best bet is taking something you know and like, although i can understand your partialy asking for sugestions that may jog your memory.
     
  3. Nobber22

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    If you are going to download some tunes (of course you are ;) ), look around for a dance CD compilation from the 90's: Elements. Use the Seb Fontein CD, tracks 4, 5, 14. :smashin:
     
  4. tom_nieto

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    Charly by the Prodigy has some sustained very deep bass.
     
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    Also try Under the Influence by Chemical Brothers

    goes very very low at times, nearly blows my ear drums in my car
     
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    Any decent reggae (not that dance hall rubbish!). Excllent bass on Rianna's new LP, and Damian Marley also.
     
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    If you listen to much Hip Hop you'll be in for a treat. Mobb Deep usually have the heavist bass frequencies. Also, try Cam'ron - Killa Kam; and Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz - Get Low.
     
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    Hey, now you mention it, that would be a great tester - got some great piano riffs etc as well - I assume you mean 'I'll be There'?
     
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    Cameo - Word Up :D :D :D :D
     
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    if you go to a car hi fi dealer(independant ones) :thumbsup: , you will find they have cds specifically for this purpose, long deep notes that wow and flutter to make ya bones shiver,
     
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    Leftfield.

    Also agree with Chemical Bros.
     
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    Gladiator SoundTrack Track 3
    Last Samurai Soundtrack Track 8
    Tchaikovsky 1812 (Mercury Living Presence)
    Eels - Daisys in the Galaxy Track1
    All should shake the room and they'll all show up the flaws in poor systems.

    The best bet is to take along something you are familiar with though.
     
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    Spitfire by the Prodigy
     
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    Asian Dub Foundation - Blowback
    Tool - Lateralis
    Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

    Most songs have enough bass in to test the qualities of a subwoofer, you should be looking for "speed" and clarity as well as outright depth. :)
     
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    'your elbow....' or sumfink :D
     
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    Faithless - Reverence/Irreverence
     
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    erase rewind by Cardigans, brillaint for mids and bass
     
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    Prodigy Album Fat of the Land is a superb testing album. Has some very heavy bass, Diesal Power, Smack my Bitch up. Good vocal stuff too. Think TNT-Audio used to reccomend it as a good CD to run in new speakers.
     
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    Reggae/Dub

    The Orb have some stupidly low stuff on some of the older works....

    oh, Flaming Lips Yoshimi album has some very good stuff, most notably Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 2.....damn there is a nice crunch near the beginning that makes your sub suck carpet....lol
     
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    "Get your self high" by Chemical brothers is truly unbelievable.
    I urge everybody to check it out.

    best regards
     
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    Just listened to 'get yourself high' and thats got some real low stuff in it. Dont think my logitech pc speakers are really coping that well ;)

    Also, think basement jaxx - cish cash has some superfast bass. Cant tell on my sub, all seems to merge into 1 long note! Maybe someone can confirm?
     
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    spandu ballet, through the barricades, has a baseline that a lot of sound systems dont pick up, and once it starts it does not stop,bass guitar just changing notes, again long and deep.
     
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    Cam'ron - Killa Kam (Good)
    Dead Prez - Its Bigger Than Hip-Hop (Bloody Awesome)
     
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    Hmmm, never would have thought of the Spands!

    I found a good 'un - 'Lost Again' by Yello (also 'Oh Yeah' by them goes pretty deep as well)...
     
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    If it's for Auditioning at a dealer you simply MUST take FourTet - Rounds

    -Just to watch the poor guy mince his undies at what tracks 2&8 are doing to his demo speakers :rotfl:
     
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    My recommendation would be

    Band : Leftfield
    Album: Leftism
    Song: Song of life

    You get some seriously low phasey bass and it is a top tune. Should suitably test the bass of any system.
     
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    Caroline Lavelle's "Spirit" album is a bass test pretty much all the way through, especailly the tracks "Dream of Picasso", "The turning ground" and "Waiting for rain". It was produced by William Orbit around the same time he did Madonna's "Ray of Light" (which is another good one!).

    Then there's Boozoo Bajou's "Satta" album - track 6 is quite spectacular and has some bass start about halfway through it that is so low that you don't actually hear it but, boy, does it make your woofers flap!

    For a bit of rock, Led Zep's "Whole lotta love" is good, as are"Blind" and "One true love" by the Icicle Works.

    I also used to use Bela Fleck track in the listening room at MS as well which had some astonishing fretless bass on it - sadly i don't know the name of the track!
     
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    Sadly the album is mastered to actually "pull the punch" on that frequency drop. The response is not flat as we discovered with the Performance 9.

    If you are after bass at the expense of everything else, Tipper's The Critical Path album has a set of ferocious test tones in a hidden track if you leave the last track playing. Real sub 20hz silliness.
     
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    Don't know if it's low enough, but Massive Attack's 'Angel' (1st track, 'Mezzanine') is quite bassy.
     
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    By far the best system wrecker I've come across is Squarepushers "Go Plastic" LP. There are tracks on that album that fly from one end of the frequency range to the other in milliseconds, as well as sustained barrages of hi-lo thumps and tweaks. Its bonkers. Also try Aphex Twins "Drukqs" album.
     

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