Im tryin to get that marcus miller sound,,,,,

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by billybo, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. billybo


    Jul 18, 2002
    Im trying to get that marcus miller sound like on his m2 album..i got a active 5 string jazz bass...anyone know what he uses or how he sets his bass* up or what kind of strings he uses?

    Edited by Merlin: Okay so youve been on Talkbass over a year, i wouldve assumed you knew how to structure a question. It is not necessary to refer to gear and basses as "s***"
  2. Strings - He used to use DR Hi-Beams but has used DR "Marcus" (Fat Beams) since they came out.

    I read an article by his tech that said is action is set extremely low.....kind of surprising for a guy who throws in slaps n' pops lightning quick. But then again, it's all about the player's individual touch.

    His signature Jazz is modded with a Bartolini preamp and a Badass bridge.

    His website tells you which pedals he uses.
  3. billybo


    Jul 18, 2002
    what is his website.....
  4. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
  5. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    When I think of MM, the first thing that comes to mind is nice little bends and vibratos under slap and pop stuff, up the neck a bit. I think you'd need to set the bass up so that you were comfortable trying to emulate his left hand. My Cirrus is set up with lower action than my Jazz bass, and consequently my pathetic attempts to sound like MM work much better on the Cirrus, even though the Marcus sound is closely associate with the sound of a Jazz. Just a thought...
  6. catboyzee


    Jul 20, 2007
    Personal observations on the Marcus Miller style: Get a 1970s CBS-era Jazz Bass or a similar styled instrument(complete with the 1970s bridge pickup placement, very important tonal component). The bass should also have an active preamp with bass and treble boost, and high mass bridge such as the Leo Quan Badass. The other thing is the chops themselves. You have to slap/pluck each note with a lot of power, but also very clean and with impeccable time-keeping. That's just to start.
  7. mustBmtd

    mustBmtd Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Bartolini TCT Bass preamp.
  8. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Damn, this puppy was dead for nearly sixteen years and now...ITS ALIVE!!!!
    DiabolusInMusic and Mushroo like this.
  9. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    You need his THUMB. lol
    MynameisMe likes this.