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Making A Pick Sound Like Fingers... My Method.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I much prefer the sound of fingerstyle, especially for the music I currently play (rockabilly). However, with certain songs I want to play much faster and I find the pick is the only way I can obtain the speed I want at this point.

    I have found a way to make a regular pick sound fairly similar to fingerstyle. Granted it definitely isnt exacty the same, but its alot more like a fingerstyle sound than a typical pick sound.

    Utilize a Behringer ADI21. Set the blend to maximum, bass to 9:00, the treble to 10:00, the mid to 0, and the mid freq to 10:00. This is the best 'bass pick' sound I have gotten that sounds less like a pick and more like fingerstyle. Of course, feel free to experiment with other settings, but the blend at max is crucial. I have tried to use an eq to get the same result, but you really require the blend of the ADI21 to take the edge off the tone.

    I havent tried this with the sansamp para driver, so I'm not sure if it would sound better or worse. Better I'm guessing.

    Anyway, works for me.:cool:
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    I'll have to try that...

    I recently bought an ADI21. Haven't plugged my bass into it but love it for electric guitar. Liked it so much I bought a second one.

    Far more usable than the GDI21 or BDI21 as far as EQ voicing goes. The semi-parametric midrange section is quite nice.
  3. Nick Kay

    Nick Kay

    Jul 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    Felt picks, dude. Does wonders.
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Yeah, they dont have greatest build quality but I think the tone is great. Just as good or perhaps better than the Tech 21 equivalent.

    Works for me anyway!
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I have yet to try a felt pick and would love to.

    However, I find with the ADI21 I can get the volume very close to match my fingerstyle. I dont know, but I have a suspicion that the felt pick would be louder than fingerstyle. I like the efficiency of just grabbing the pick and hitting the 'button' without having to do a bunch eq/volume tweaks.

    As I mentioned, it doesnt exactly have the same tone as fingers, but it certainly mellows out the clank of the pick and retains the beef.
  6. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I am trying to get my fingerstyle tone to match my picking tone more closely! I play mostly with a pick but lately have been working on fingerstyle, and I cant get that clean, even tone with my fingers like I can with the pick.

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