Making slap sound good??

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' 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. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Fourth place I've seen this posted... :rolleyes:

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  3. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Eveloping a good slap sound is unfortunately not something easily attained. I've heard people boost the bass and treble and scoop the mids. In fact, I beleive the Trace elliot stuff has a slap contour switch that does just that. Yet, if I'm running with no effects, I usually BOOST the mids. If I am using an envelope filter, such as the EBS Bass IQ I usually boost the bass. Technique is also so important as you have to balance the percussive sound of the slap with allowing the notes to ring. Without actually hearing you, I would recommend try experimenting with the preamp section of your Trace, experimenting with the tone controls on the bass, trying just the 1x15 or the just the 4x10, experiment with the placement of your slapping hand in relationship with the bridge/neck, etc.