Compression on slap bass

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by AlBass, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. AlBass


    Aug 19, 2018
    I've noticed some guys use a compressor in their Rockabilly setup. Is it typical to use this mainly on the clicky, on the bridge pickup or both?
    Grateful to hear opinions and experiences
  2. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    I've used it on the mix of both and I'm pretty sure that's how Jimbo from the Rev is setup.
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  3. AlBass


    Aug 19, 2018
    Do you find it evens out the clicks?
  4. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    I suggest trying a separate compressor on the clicky and bridge pickup. Or using a multiband compressor if you want to apply compression to a composite signal.
  5. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    In my experience it depends on the strings, setup, venue, makeup of the band, and really on what genre I'm slapping with.

    If more raucous like RaB, sure, yes, I'll give the signal every tool I have at my disposal to help it cut through. Compression is one of those tools. It all adds up to clarity and usable headroom within the limits of feedback.

    If other more "volume sensitive" genre where I want a more subtle DB tone, probably no. In that case I may even decide to use my mounted mic clear signal instead of my piezo/preamp setup for more "acoustic" tone.
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