#1
Well, why can't I? I got a decent bass (Mohagany body, maple top & neck) with killer pickups (Bassline QuarterPounders) strung up with awesome strings (DR Black Beauties) into an awesome amp (SWR LA15). I guess the slap tone is alright, but i want a real bright slap tone, right not mine is very dark. Tips?
#5
Pump up the treble and mids, and maybe lower your attack towards the bridge
Other than that, your gear sounds up to the job.
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#8
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Pump up the treble and mids, and maybe lower your attack towards the bridge
Other than that, your gear sounds up to the job.


no way, cut the mids, boost your bass and treble. that way you get those really big booms with the thumb and that bright pop with your index and middle fingers. also, have you considered that its your technique?
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#9
Well, I've been cutting my mids, boosting my treble and bass and playing with both pickups (P&J), but I don't feel it very much mostly because of the lack of mids. I also have a set neck, I hear that isn't as good as bolt-on for slap, true?
#10
to keep the funkier, highs based funk slap sound you really need a 4 band EQ and cut the low mids and boost the hi mids. Otherwise it really depends on the bass when you 'cut the mids' or 'boost the mids'. But the highs should be all the way up either way.
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#11
Uhmm, Check and make sure your technique is right. Then check into the gear problem.
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#12
^Trust me, I'm not stupid, my technique is not the problem. Dan, are you saying just to boost the treble and not nesscarilly boost the bass?
#13
well, first off, boost the highs all the way. Leave the bass in the middleground somewhere- I like my slap bass with lotsa lows but if you want to get a really tinny sound on a 2 or 3 band EQ bass you may have to turn them down.

You should basically after that just fiddle with your mids. You should try them all the way up once, and then all the way down once, and whichever comes closer to the sound your looking for, keep it. Then crank the lows or cut the lows further based on that. I doubt you would cut both the mids and the lows, be warned; but this is how I'd go about searching for my slap tone.

The 4 band really lets you go from modern slap tone (high mids cut, low mids boosted, lows boosted, highs boosted), to classic slap tone (low mids cut, highs high mids lows boosted.)

Yeah.
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#14
I didnt say you were stupid. I was just making sure that that wasnt the problem, because in 95% of cases like this one it is the technique at falt. Other than that I dont know.
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#15
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Well, I've been cutting my mids, boosting my treble and bass and playing with both pickups (P&J), but I don't feel it very much mostly because of the lack of mids. I also have a set neck, I hear that isn't as good as bolt-on for slap, true?


a p pickup will never give you a bright pop sound, you have to have at least on j pup on your bass to really get that treble out. and my bass has a set neck, it sounds great. my bass also has a 5 band eq, which helps a lot.

i used to wonder why i wasnt getting a good sound out too, but i discovered that my technique needed much refining. i seriously suggest consulting an experienced slap player to make sure all your kinks are worked out.

dont preamps have a lot of eq adjustment?
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#16
easy...either turn the bass down,and turn the mid and treb up or just learn to slap better.
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#17
Most of what was said here should be useful, but also:

a 15 inch speaker, altho i like them, are a bit worse for slap, becuz they dont have as nice high end response as a smaller speaker, liek you could get from a 4x10. see if you can plug ur bass into a amp similar to yours with smaller speakers, and see if that gives you a better tone.
#18
first off...make sure you have the neck pickup selected.

put all of your setting s at zero/centered and carry on from there

its a lot easyer that way,you change and fiddle the controls to suit
#20
no..stu,wooten and jeff schmidt use the neck pickup to name a few

and you can hear yourself how funkyer it sounds
#21
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neck? most people prefer to use the Bridge pickup for slap

I actually like using both, cause I like the low-end punch. What does a neck position Jazz pickup sound like?
#22
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no..stu,wooten and jeff schmidt use the neck pickup to name a few

and you can hear yourself how funkyer it sounds



Stu Hamm also uses a neck thru and a P pickup for slapping.


My point being, what Stu Hamm does... probably isn't going to lead you to your slap tone of dreamliness.
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#23
I always thought you should slap near the neck pickup because its closer to the neck, which is where the collisions occur between the string and the fretboard...I thought that way you could achieve a better slap tone...Am I wrong?
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#24
you slap near the neck pickup. You typically play with the bridge pickup. You don't want the sound of the collision... the sound of the collision sucks.
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#26
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you slap near the neck pickup. You typically play with the bridge pickup. You don't want the sound of the collision... the sound of the collision sucks.

Unless you're Fieldy

Also, if you have contour/presence knobs, you are going to want to turn those up a ways until you find a sound you like. The contour will drop the mids and boost everything else on most amps. The presence will sharpen your high end. I really want Black Beauties for slap, but D'Addario XL's have a very bright sound that a lot of people like for slapping. Plus they don't carry the $40 that the DR's have. Dead strings can kill your slap tone as well.


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#27
For me which pickup(s) I use depends on what I'm going for.

I have two J pickups on my Carvin. If I want a "modern" slap tone, I go for a 50/50 mix of each, which tends to cut the mids and boost the bass. Soloing the neck pickup, for some reason, gets me more of a stingray-like sound. Soloing the bridge pickup gets me something I might call woody if it wasn't so metallic, but I'd liken it to Stuart Zender's slap sound with Jamiroquai.

My point isn't that that's the sound you'll get with your bass - I mean to say that it really depends on what you're looking for.
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#28
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thats not gunna help him DEVELOP a good slap tone.....