Low Volume Slap Tone-HELPPP!!!
Ok, so I tried a search about this, but only turned up the typical "how to get a good slap tone" threads, none concerning the way lowering the volume makes everything sound like SUCK!!! When I go jam with friends, I need to turn up to keep up with the drums, and in this situation, it seems as though it doesn't matter where my eq is, my slap sounds great. But at home, at non-earplug practice volumes, it's just the opposite: whatever I do to my eq, it always sounds bad... Could it be due to the acoustic sound of the strings clacking on the frets? I slap on a Peavey Palaedium, through a yorkville xs400 2x10 combo. My technique is far, far from perfect, but obviously good enough to sound good to me at high volumes. Is better technique needed to sound acceptable at practice volumes? It's really hard to practice slap when the tone that it produces makes me want to switch to guitar...
(Just kidding :p :p )
It is totally normal for the bass to sound better in the band mix than soloed, and this is what you should be concentrating on, IMHO.
Here is what Flea's bass sounds like isolated. Lots of string/finger/fret noise. :)
A lot of players find that the "sound of the strings clacking on the frets" actually helps give the bass some aggressiveness when it is mixed in with the other instruments.
You can simulate this when you are practicing by jamming along with the radio or itunes.
A good technique on slap make the 60% of a good tone and volume when you use this technique but there at least two very important factors that can make your sound be very good.
Low action and new strings or at least not too old!
The low action is vital to make the attack and the bright sound of your bass come out and off course if you have old strings on the bass you will definitely get a boomy sound with no brightness, no volume, no attack.
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