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Effects for Slap

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BruceBass3901, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. BruceBass3901


    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    I was wondering if anybody here uses effects when they are playing slap bass. I would imagine that most pedals, like distortions and overdrives, cannot really handle slap, but are there any pedals that you think sound good with slap?
  2. GilGB


    Aug 14, 2007
    Envelope Filter
    Gated Fuzz can add some nice dirt to your slap
    Chorus can make it space-ish+Delay
  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    A good compressor. A SansAmp BDDI.
  4. qtron
  5. Silent Fly

    Silent Fly Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 8, 2006
    London - UK
    Owner/designer [sfx]
  6. THPBass


    Dec 15, 2008
    Terre Haute, IN
  7. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    limiter (compressor)
    graphic equalizer

    delay (or reverb)
  8. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    Or you could go completely the other way with an expander, and really make your slaps and pops punch people in the face. Might be cool.

  9. Kromwarp


    Sep 16, 2008
    Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Master Luthier: Ironclad Bass Guitars
    AMT 'Slap Bass' Compressor
    EHX Enigma
    a chorus of some kind
    EHX Steel Leather
  10. A synth or something. Listen to lots of Primus to hear what synths and funky filters sound like.
  11. Alex1984


    Jan 16, 2010
    - Envelope filter of some sort to add the funkiness
    - Compressor to take out the peaks
    - BDDI to adjust your tone and possibly add a little drive if that's your thing

    Personally, I don't like distortion with slap, but if you like it, you can consider an EHX Enigma: Q Balls.
  12. atheos


    Sep 28, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    The best compressor you can get.
  13. BruceBass3901


    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    I use my EHX Knockout as a sort of compressor / equalizer to get rid of peaks and to kind of 'shape my sound', but I have no filters what so ever. Is the EHX Micro Q-Tron any good with slap? And how does the bass Microsynth sound with slap?
  14. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    If you're looking for something that'll add some punch to your sound, I would recommend an exciter pedal.
  15. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Delay and slap do awesome.
  16. GroovinOnFunk


    Apr 30, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Endorses Cleartone and SIT Strings
    that sounds awesome! any idea what settings he's using on that q-tron?

    i have one myself and can't get it to sound that good.

    I use it in band pass because I have a line selector to help fill out whatever low-end gets lost and then I usually have the Q at like 2 o'clock and the drive at 4 o'clock
  17. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Prunes & Custard
  18. billphreets


    Oct 1, 2009
    i get a demon slap sound from running my jazz into an xotic BB with treble cranked and a teeny bit of gain, then its just a case of dialling in a bit of compression on my trace head.
  19. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    Phase! Set at a decent speed.

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