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Posted by Jeff (220.127.116.11) on November 21, 2003 at 09:32:34:
In Reply to: Best set up for slap bass posted by BassPhil on February 20, 2003 at 22:03:31:
I've long been an amateur at slap bass, but love it and have been trying, forever, to get a good sound on a tight budget. Probably the most important comment was normand's -- technique. Really good technique can make even a crappy setup sound funky.
But the other one someone mentioned is compression, and that's what I found gave me the most immediate impact -- I mean, dramatic! The problem I always had with cutting the mids was that I more or less lost the mids, and the sound didn't have a lot of punch to it (my gear sucked, so that was a big part of it :-) ). But, I got a boss bass limiter, and, damn, that changes things like crazy. Since it reins in the peaks, you can cut the mids, and wail away at that bass and you're gonna get the thumps and the clear bright highs and a lot more punch. Maybe it's not a silver bullet, but it is a serious addition to your arsenal, and should give you an immediate impact. I got the Boss LMB-3, and they seem to be going for $35-40 on eBay (looking at completed auctions) -- you should be able to find it new for $60-$80?
The one ding to that pedal is that, at extreme settings, you get some hiss in your sound. A noise suppressor would cure it, but that's more money. But I've never found the hiss to be a big enough problem...and I think that's a result of all compression, but some systems are better than others at controlling it.
Try out everything that everyone here mentioned -- some really good advice!
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