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i need a pedal for slap, what should i get?!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by peladox, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. peladox


    Aug 3, 2004
    Hi people, i need help i want to buy a new effect for my epiphone thunderbird bass, i already have the boss bass overdrive odb-3, but i want something more for pop and slap, what do you think is the besto for that technique!?
    thankssss! :bassist:
  2. sean_w_mcgrath

    sean_w_mcgrath does this forum name make me look fat?

    Well, I would recommend the following for slap:

    1. A boost pedal. Some players use one when the slap cause of the volume drop when alternating between your fingers and slaping. The MXR microamp would do the trick, I know Flea uses it.

    2. Aphex Bass Xciter - Get get some really great enhancements from this pedal when slapping. It gives you extra bottom and does something nice to the high end.

    3. An envelope filter - If really wanna bring the funk, and envelope filter is the way to go. You can get a few cheap ones out there like the DOD FX25, DOD FX25B, and the Digitech Bass Synth Wah.

    I noticed you use an ODB-3, so you may be a flea fan....and if so Flea uses/has used the DOD FX25 (i think it was this one and not the FX25B), the Qtron Envelope filter, and the Dunlop Crybaby Bass.

  3. seaKamp


    Jun 30, 2005
    I have an Electro-Harmonix Dr Q and a Qtron+. Love em both!!
  4. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Try The Punch Factory, its an optical comp unit, brings out your slap tone in some amazing ways.
  5. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    A compressor of some sort?
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    what exactly do you mean 'for pop and slap'?

    Do you just mean an eq pedal to scoop out some mids?
  7. Funkzfly


    Jun 15, 2005
    In my very humble opinion, I don't think a Compressor is a neccessary part of your gear unless you're recording and you want to stop the Levels moving into red...I don't think you need them for live application at all, they can muddy up the front of the house. Control volume with your fingers ;)

    Apart from that, I second sean_w_mcgrath's comments.
  8. dude....get an autowah...it makes me cream myself when i hear a bass slappin with an autowah...just thinking about it.....its my porn......
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    This would be my recommendation, EQ it for what you need. Everything else isn't quite necessary.
  10. mksolid


    Jan 4, 2005
    I really wouldnt even waste the money on a DOD fx25b. It was my first envelope and it doesn't hold any of the bottom end whatsoever.
  11. dadodetres


    Dec 19, 2004
    +1 on the pahex punch factory,

    though an eq is a good idea too....
  12. sincity

    sincity Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2002
    I would get a Trace Elliot SM-7 EQ Pedal. Has the great TE preshape button for a killer slap tone (mid scooped). Also, has a preshape that emphasises the mids, plus a seven band graphic eq that can be turned off.
  13. jerm


    Jul 10, 2005
    Get a Digitech Bass Synth wah, it sounds really cool with slap.
  14. EQ and compression are appropriate for slap IMO, with chorus also being useful is some situations.

    I used to have the Aphex Punch Factory, and while it worked well with fingerstyle, it left some wierd midrange "thunk" artifact at the attack of each slap. Of course, YMMV, etc.
  15. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    If it were me, I would use my thumb for slap. Playing with a pedal would be MUCH harder to hit the right string! :D

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.......................
  16. peladox


    Aug 3, 2004
    i found really helpful your comments so thank you, and sean i really like the way that flea plays, but i also really like victor wooten and stu hamm, but im want to get a new sound i dont try to make the same exactly sound that they do. if you have more comments please let me know,