Fretless Bass sound

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tim Roberts, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Tim Roberts

    Tim Roberts

    Jul 9, 2019
    I have a stingray 5 fretless and am wanting to get the sound that Patrick Ohearn has on hold on the nights by Richard Marx . Can anyone tell me what effects are used . Thanks
  2. turcmic


    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    That’s an old one!
    In the video, he plays a fretted bass with MM pups and the effect is a chorus.

    Hope it helps. Thanks for the throwback Tuesday :)
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  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Just had a listen to the album version, which is very different from the live video version, and there's a lot going on in the low end.

    It sounds like there's a ton of compression, some chorus and maybe a very very short delay on the bass. I'm sure there's a good bit of very careful EQ as well.

    More importantly, there's one or two keyboards doubling the fretless most of the time. You can hear the difference on a few of the fills that are bass-only. The rest of the time the initial attack of the "bass" is a synth. They're blended together well.
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Looks like an Ibanez "Bean" bass in that pic. :cool:
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    even with all the 'production' on that sound = it seems average/usual --- nothing wrong with that! just not "special." compression + mixed into the 'house reverb' + the technique/intent to play that part that way. you can hear that sound a lot....with fretless basses!
  6. turcmic


    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    I only knew the live version! The video was on heavy rotation back in the day
  7. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Always thought he had dark hair.:meh:
    O'Hearn on right.
    O'Hearn.jpg O'hearn 1.jpg O'Hearn 3.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
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