Making slap sound good??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FUNKIESTMUNK, Feb 25, 2001.



    Feb 25, 2001
    I have been playing bass for about three years now, however I am unable to achieve the classic slap bass sound that you hear on records (larry graham for instance). My technique is good and I have a proffesional set up- Trace Elliot SM 300 GP7 head with 4x10 and 1x15 cabs. I was wondering if I am not setting the Eq correctly on my amp head , and does anyone have any Eq shapes or suggestions that may improve my sound. Also at present I do not use compression, will this improve my slap sound? If so does anyone recommend any in particular for around £100 (145$)?

    Thank you for your time....

    -Richard Morgan
  2. Make the smiley face eq. I also make it a point to cut the 500Hz range. Your bass may also help or hinder you. a musicman will sound signifigantly better than a hofner with flatwounds
  3. PhatBoi's on the money with the Smiley face[​IMG] EQ. After that it's all in the bass.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Smiley face EQ settings will make your slap sound better when playing alone, but cutting the mids in a live situation, especially if playing with loud guitars, will get you lost in the mix.
  5. Embellisher is very right. I don't know, just crank everything up.[​IMG]
  6. Embellisher I would tend to agree with you about getting lost in the mix by cutting mids. Thats why I said the bass is important too. Alot of times soundmen pefer the post EQed signal from a DI or XLR anyway so the ability of a bass have a lot of tonal control is important