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#1
hmm well ive been listening to alot of tool stuff lately. makes me wanna make some strange sounds on my bass and i was wondering if you guys had any ideas. ive been messing with tv remotes my sisters toys and stuff like coins and peices of metal to get some cool sounds. the bass im doing this on has a killswitch too so if you could work that in it would be cool too. just wondering if you guys have any ideas thanks. =]]
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#2
Whammy pedal, flanger, whammy bar scraped across the strings, analog watches.
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#3
Dave Navarro played guitar with a Vibrator. That was pretty sweet.
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#4
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i was wondering if you guys had any ideas. ive been messing with my sisters toys
Er...what?

Tool's bass playing isn't particularly experimental. There's only so much you can do with effects to hide the fact you only know D minor.
#5
ummm my sisters are like 8 and 4 if that clears the toys thing up they play with little kid toys ya pervs. but ummm im not looking to hide anything and im just saying that tool has some pretty impressive sounds and it made me wanna try something new.
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#6
I do a lot of hitting my bass whilst doing different things with the strings. I can get a sound pretty close to the drones at the beginning of Parabol that way. If you have a low B, mute all the other strings, with the end of finger resting closely to the low B and hit your bass. If you do it right, it drones.
#8
Point a TV remote at your pickups

i swear it works on one of mybasses
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#9
i did that it makes this cool chirpy sound! and some other stuff. wonder if a lightbulb would do anything
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#11
oooo i know one

if you get an ipod, or some other mp3 player with a hardrive in it, and put it next to one of your pickups, when you choose a song and play it you can hear the hardrive spinning round at like a thousand miles an hour
#12
ummm smb was that sarcasim cause im realy considering trying it?

hamish do you think a psp will work?
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#13
Quote by Heartika
ummm smb was that sarcasim cause im realy considering trying it?

hamish do you think a psp will work?

ignore him. he was deprived of Led Zeppelin as a child, and is thus, a big meanie.

I used to tap with a ring on, used it for little swipes, sounded pretty interesting.
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oooo i know one

if you get an ipod, or some other mp3 player with a hardrive in it, and put it next to one of your pickups, when you choose a song and play it you can hear the hardrive spinning round at like a thousand miles an hour


I heard that's bad for the pick-ups, not 100% sure though.

Hmm, try different pedals and keep using different objects, i once got some weird sounds with a flanger and delay once on a friends bass.
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#15
hmmm that sounds like a cool idea. thanks guys ill go mess around some more. oh and i found out that if i use a slide and only use the top and bottem and kinda slide/tap the strings and use my killswitch at the same time i get some pretty interesting sounds =]]
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#17
Its bad for the ipod or hard drive more, it can wipe them if the magnets put out from the Pups are strong enough, shouldnt have any ill effects on your Pups.
#18
well i dont have an ipod cause im lacking funds so it doesnt really matter i guess.
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#19
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but you also are a big meanie, proving my point further.
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#20
Use a delay pedal
mute the strings
scratch the strings at the same time
move your hand down from the bridge up to the nut
(not fretted, just put your fretting hand on the strings)

*trickllllleeeeeee*
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#21
muting the strings and tapping up and down the neck makes some cool weird sounds, add a bit of chorus, instant atmospheric ambient weirdness...
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#22
ooo i found another

get an empty can, and the bottom of it along the strings near the pickups

that makes a rather strange sound
#23
Use an electric drill right in front of the pickups.

Use a flanger and do short pick slides right next to the bridge really
#24
the can thing sounds pretty cool this is waht i was talking about cool sounds like this that could be ambient background sounds like tool uses. just instead of being all fancy im just dragging an empty can across my strings. whatever its creative so keep them comming and im sure ill find the perfect one soon.
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Off the topic, but I have to agree with this guy
#28
I can't think of a witty response to that without mentioning either masturbation or Nazis.
#29
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That sounds like a great party theme...
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#33
hahaha umm im just trying to further my musical abilities so i do find that useful besides im learing alotta new stuff lately workin on the album lateralus by tool. anyone learned the whole cd yett? pretty uhh pretty hard.
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#34
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Hmmm...

We need a new theme then.

Masturbation and Cave-people?

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#36
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hahaha umm im just trying to further my musical abilities so i do find that useful besides im learing alotta new stuff lately workin on the album lateralus by tool. anyone learned the whole cd yett? pretty uhh pretty hard.


Lateralus was probably the first album I learnt straight through about 3 years ago. It's mostly dead easy actually, with exception to Reflection (alternating between natural and artificial harmonics is a pain)
#37
i made a really cool effect by using chorus + my digitech synth wah in wah mode and the expresion pedal of my zoom b2.1 the trick is i put the volume down whith the expresion pedal then play a natural harmonic then i press the expression pedal and it spund like feedback

you can check that sound in one of my song called biosphere pt 1 on my profile
#38
Use delay hit some high harmonics and scream into your pickups!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#39
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hahaha umm im just trying to further my musical abilities so i do find that useful besides im learing alotta new stuff lately workin on the album lateralus by tool. anyone learned the whole cd yett? pretty uhh pretty hard.


its actually really easy......

I like to set up two delays at once, one repeating at roughly 260 ms - 300 ms and the other at 680 - 800 ms. Don't use lots of volume from either one, because it can muddy up your sound alot, but when you find an equilibrium, you can create some class ambient stuff.
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#40
yea i dont know i havnt really looked at the tabs for lateralus yet but it just sounds like theres alot of time signature changes. anyone tried to emulate the scratching tom morrolello thing on a bass? i cant seem to get it right. i have a killswitch on one of my basses and it still doesnt really work. what am i doing wrong?
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