Like when your listening to metal and they get that loud, thunderous BOOM that only a bass could make. How do they do that? Do they just hit the string hard or what?

I know this may be a dumb question but please help anyway.
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like a bass drop?

low, low tunings and an active bass really help. i can roll up my bass control to do it then put it back for the rest.
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Honestly I'm not sure what you mean by "BOOM", but then, I don't listen to much metal. Dynamite-loaded amps come to mind. Or explosive bass drums. Worked for The Who.
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If you have low-mids (or, on a graphic EQ, 100-300Hz), crank those suckers. You get a really loud, resonate-y boom. Keep in mind your tone will mud up and lose all clarity.
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^ That's not true. I boost my 125Hz and 250Hz by about 9dB and if anything I get more cut through and more growl, or more balls. I never get muddy, and I'm using a 1x15 plus horn. I use this EQ with my band (and very slight attenuation of highs) and I cut through great. I find that I actually turn up less compared to a smiley or flat EQ.

It can get muddy if I boost the 30Hz or if I boost the 64Hz too much.
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If by boom you mean a kinda hip-hop bass sound then you can try and find a Submarine bass pedal (try Ebay), it's a tone pedal, though it doesn't boost any frecuencies, it cuts them but it shapes it and gives it that hiphop sound I'm describing. I could be more helpful if you described the tone your looking for.
I say it's EQ settings.

Set your amp to FULL BASS (obviously) and set the treble to half. If you have two mids then turn the lo-mids up to 3/4 and leave the hi-mids at half, otherwise set your mids in between.

AFTER THAT, get yourself an EQ (any one will do, I use an overdrive pedal 2-band EQ) and for a 2-band set the highs to mid and the lows to about 3/4. For 3 or more set it up in stages between the two, with more enphasis on the lower frequencies.

I agree with Fast_Bear, picking hard close to the bridge works. But you don't need that much definition, you do however need some, otherwise you sound like MUD!

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