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I remember hearing a while back (I don't know if it was on this forum) about something along the lines of having your bass sound similar to that of a piano. This is something that I'd really like to get into, what can you guys tell me about it, or am I completely off my rocker and thinking about like a guitar or something else instead of bass?
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RSD 99 Piano string core bass strings. they would help, if thats what you want.
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HyperBass?
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I would say you would have to study the tone ADSR and harmonics of piano notes, and then get some reasonably powerful signal processing to try and emulate it.

Alternatively, if you have alot of money lying around... Roland Gr-20 with the bass pup.
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I remember reading a review of an ESP bass where it was said that the long (35") scale gave it a piano-like tone.



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Youd pretty much have to tap all the time if you wanted your bass to sound like a piano (to recreate the sound of the hammer hitting the string)
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rubber pick and a very clean amp tone will get you very close.
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#8
I once had some strings that where very high-midsy and clear, I got told they sounded kind of like a Piano when I played.

Though if you want your bass to sound similar to a piano, I guess, play around with some strings picks/techniques and eq... then when you think your there, Good Job man!
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#9
Thanks for all the responces so far, I'm following this very closely. Anyone else interested in this thing besides me?

So far I got:
Piano string core bass strings (didn't even know they made those)
Tapping (I can definately see how this can help)
Rubber pick (this sounds intriguing, worth a shot)

Any suggestions as what to do for for a bass? Like what woods to look into or pick-ups and such? I doubt my Ibanez can get even close to what I'm aiming for here, hah.
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Thanks for all the responces so far, I'm following this very closely. Anyone else interested in this thing besides me?

So far I got:
Piano string core bass strings (didn't even know they made those)
Tapping (I can definately see how this can help)
Rubber pick (this sounds intriguing, worth a shot)

Any suggestions as what to do for for a bass? Like what woods to look into or pick-ups and such? I doubt my Ibanez can get even close to what I'm aiming for here, hah.

I like using an E-Bow on a fretless
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Since all notes on a piano are actually multiple strings being struck instead of just one maybe an 8 or 12 string(double/tripled up) would help?
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#13
Piano tone is essentially what you get with a brand new set of strings on a P-Bass with a pick. It can sound quite close to low piano notes (the term is relating to the sound of an individual note, rather than emulating the sound of someone playing the piano).
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Since all notes on a piano are actually multiple strings being struck instead of just one maybe an 8 or 12 string(double/tripled up) would help?


the lowest octaves are only one string, though..
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the lowest octaves are only one string, though..


you sure? hmmm maybe. I guess I don't look inside my piano enough lol.
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I've heard that a particular type of metal sounds more "piano-like" than others. Look into Tomastik strings, I seem to remember them advertising strings like those. As far as I can tell, using those strings and perhaps a rubber pick will get you what you want. I can imagine a longer scale bass will help with that as well.
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Youd pretty much have to tap all the time if you wanted your bass to sound like a piano (to recreate the sound of the hammer hitting the string)


Or slap near the bridge...
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Or slap near the bridge...


No, that just sounds clanky. Thats what you wanna do if your trying to get Korns bassists tone. Not if you wanna sound like a piano

Not only will tapping SOMEWHAT recreate the action of the hammer striking the string, it will give you easier access to a range that you would use on a piano. Plus easier chord playing
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Quote by capslockisnton
the lowest octaves are only one string, though..

Are they really like this? I knew organs were
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#21
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Are they really like this? I knew organs were


Yes. The lower notes have one, and then eventually they start adding more strings per note as you get higher until theres about 4 or 5 strings per note.

I think its for volume more than anything
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get some of these but fretting wont work and you only will be able to play that many different notes how many strings you have
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Quote by tubatom868686
Yes. The lower notes have one, and then eventually they start adding more strings per note as you get higher until theres about 4 or 5 strings per note.

I think its for volume more than anything

Ah okay I get you, at first I thought you meant different octaved strings
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Quote by tubatom868686
Yes. The lower notes have one, and then eventually they start adding more strings per note as you get higher until theres about 4 or 5 strings per note.

I think its for volume more than anything


really? Every piano i've ever seen had 1 at the lowest and 3 at the highest. It's not only for volume, but for the soft pedal. In piano music, "una corda" is used to designate using the soft pedal because it shifts all of the hammers over so that, for the notes with 2 or 3 strings, only one string actually gets hit (hence una corda, one string), and then tre corde (three strings) to release the pedal.

what this has to do with making a bass sound like a piano...idk. i kind of agree with slapping near the bridge for that sound
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I'd say your best bet would be an 88 string fretless.


think of a harp with a fingerboard and pickups
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