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Posted by Vando ( on August 11, 2003 at 12:56:39:

In Reply to: help slap posted by tom on August 08, 2003 at 21:24:22:


There's a number of factors involved in great slap tone. One is your technique, but don't beat yourself up over it -- it comes in time. The bassics there are to "slap" the string just over the end of the fretboard, so you're smacking the string against the 22-24 frets. If you're slapping right and it sounds like you're flogging a wet goat with reeds, you need to focus more on your preamp and compressor. Make sure you have a good compressor and you'll get some meaty chunks o' slap. Depending on if your axe is active or passive, you will need to work with your pre until you get the sound you dig -- but there's a fine line between over-saturating your tone w/ eq in the pre plus any built-in 3-band on the bass and really finding the sweet spot -- but the compressor is key here (I generally go with a bit more than the standard 3:1 ratio recommended for "bass", but it's what works in my rig). Hope this helps. BTW: I don't use a standard "bass" compressor -- I found them to be limiting (even the one in my Eden Navigator). For a reasonable-yet-flexible solution, try the Alesis NanoCompressor, less than $100.

: i own a basic silvertone bass and i cant get the great slap noise out of it. Is it my technique or is it my bass? If it is my bass can i fix it?

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