Motown/Soul - Michael Mcdonald - Live Bassist Sound

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Santinotafarell, Aug 28, 2023.

  1. Santinotafarell

    Santinotafarell Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Any ideas on the bass players sound and settings? Tips to play this style? To me i gather he is playing light, mid scooped, possibly front pickup favored? Flatwounds maybe? and some compression. Just curious! Second song with Billy Preston kinda sounded like there was an octave pedal in the intro. If you were to play in this band what would your set up be?
  2. Santinotafarell

    Santinotafarell Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2013
  3. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    What you are hearing is most likely a DI with a bit of compression.

    In my experience it's pretty easy to get this sort of sound in a recording, and almost impossible to get it live.
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  4. donk


    Nov 5, 2006
    Charles (chazz) Frichtel is a great player and even nicer guy
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    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Pretty classic Sadowsky sound there. Fat with clarity. He's a fantastic player, and thats where all of the articulation, feel, phrasing comes from. If you want to play this style, I suggest lifting as much of the original bass lines as you can. There is a great book called "Learning from Jamerson" that can help a lot with this.
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