Before you say it - I've searched. A lot. I've watched countless videos and I just don't understand. I never really learned to slap, but decided to give it another go for some RHCP cover stuff. I'm facing the same issue as before. My slap tone is so-so, it's alright. But the pop sounds utterly horrendous. This is the tone I'm trying to achieve: This here is my tone (it's ear-wrenching for both the tone and my lack of experience): My bass is a Fender Elite J-bass from 2018, I'm playing on active. I've fiddled with it a lot. Scooped mids, boosted treble, even all flat. I tried passive. Tried bridge, neck, blend... I have fresh strings. I'm recording DI. I literally set up everything exactly like the dude. Maybe my action is a little high, but I lost my wrench. I'm not sure if my problem is a matter of technique (with which I have a LONG way to go), or if something's fishy about the bass. I'd wager the former, but the difference is just so vast, and I'm left clueless.