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Posted by El Pájaro (220.127.116.11) on March 19, 2002 at 10:32:11:
In Reply to: How do I shorten sustain to create an acoustic bass effect? posted by John on March 19, 2002 at 09:26:27:
: I'm wondering how I can shorten the sustain on my electric bass to create the sound of an acoustic bass. I have a compressor/limiter; is that the answer?
Well I haven't thought of using effects for achieving such a goal, but now that you mention, a noise gate could help to "tame" the sustain of an electric bass.
However, there's an easier way. It's a method that has proven effective for a long time and for many players. It's as simple as using your right palm to mute the strings. Just rest your hand's side as you pluck, and you're there! Anchoring your hand close to the bridge and plucking with just your thumb helps, too.
Another alternative would be to stick a piece of foam directly underneath the strings, right by the bridge. It's not as effective as palm muting, but it works.
Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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