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Kick Drum like effect?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Nick Gann, Jul 30, 2003.


  1. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    In the thread "Do you compress", people mentioned that you can get a sound like a kick drum is hitting on every note with the bass by using a compressor. How does the compressor do that?
     
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    That's a function of the compressor activating itself very quickly and noticably to reduce the attack and volume of the note being played. Each note played has a percussive 'thump'. It's usually the by-product of too much compression.

    I've heard this particular compression effect purposely used on record in a artistically pleasant way - examples escape me, it might have been Tony Levin.
     
  3. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Ah, ok. Thanks for the explanation.

    I've never used a compressor. I don't really have a problem with dynamics, so if I got one of would be specifically for sounds like this. I wonder if it's worth it...? Thoughts? Are there any other ways to get a similar sound?
     
  4. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I think stomp-box pedals do this effect best. I use a Boss or an old Trace-Elliot if we cover "Steam" or "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel. Those tunes really don't have the thump you're asking about. I think they call for some heavy compression though, especially if you use Funk Fingers on "Steam".

    Most of the high-end studio compressor/limiters are meant for broadcast use as well, so they're designed to eliminate the pumping and breathing that lesser units are guilty of.
     
  5. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    1. Mute the B string with your right palm.
    2. Mute the B string with your left fingers.
    3. Pluck the string downward with your right thumb.
     
  6. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    GT6B 'in a club' patch. sound just like you're...err...in a club.

    Just costs darn sight more than a half decent compressor