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THIS kind of Growl! - Daft Punk/Nathan East

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by heavyfunkmachin, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    I've allways been searching for THIS kind of low-end-growl (not the burpy growl!) and For my life I can't get it... now, does anybody know the recipe??

    I play passive & active jazz, fretless & Fretted (Frankenstein fretless, Fender jazz both with custom shops 60s pickups & squier deluxe V) tried different set of strings, pickups, compressors... but never got close to this kind of tone, specially in the low end, something it seems quite easy for some other people!!

    so can anybody point me in the right direction?

    this is the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NV6Rdv1a3I

    (Moderators since I dont know if I'm missing technique, a different bass (go$h i hope not that), an effect, amp or an ear, please feel free to move this post where it belongs :) )
  2. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Keep in mind when hearing these sorts of things that a lot of that sound is post-production and not necessarily what comes out of an amp.
  3. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    I know... but I can't even get it in post production!! :crying:

    Anyway, I'm sure it's achivable live... I've heard this kind of growl live!! its a low end grunt... not a nasal burpy jaco growl..
  4. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    That's a nice tone for sure.
  5. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    get yerself a warwick, problem solved.
    you can thank me later, its cool.
  6. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    As much as I would love to buy myself a new bass... right now it's out of the question ($$$), regardless I would like to know how to get this tone... were is it born? Hands? Pickups? compression?
  7. comannapaca


    Jun 17, 2013
    I think Daft Punk used a bass with a humbucker/mudbucker pickup :confused:

    Hope this help :D
  8. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    I found this here

    Cant be just that, can it?

    "The 350Hz zone is crucial to this bass tone as well, providing that tasteful 'growl' that pulls the player's melodic contributions forward in the mix and really helps define the sound on smaller speakers."
  9. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    That eq might be the post production magic. I hear a two pickup bass, slightly favoring the bridge pickup, so you get some scoop to avoid nasalness, but some bridge growl. It sounds like a light touch played over the bridge pickup. I hear this tone quite a bit in gospel and smooth jazz.

    Of course the player's touch makes a huge difference, and remember, if you heard this bass track isolated, it might sound very different.
  10. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

    Spector tone can be very close to what you describe.
  11. That is just Nathan East, man. Listen to some of the live stuff he did with Clapton and you hear the same thing. Man he has the meanest low B I've ever heard. I hear if you search a little on the net you can find out some of the equipment he uses. I know he's been using Yamaha basses for a very long time, and yeah they have 2 pick ups with one at the bridge. Great tone
  12. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    I've heard this kind of tone in other players...

    I might try a ser of DR lo Riders for a growl boost... :meh:
  13. For some reason this doesn't really scream the word 'growl' to me. Sounds kinda polite if anything.

    But I guess that's the danger of using subjective words to try and pin down something and turn it into a quantitative way of getting a tone.
  14. Sounds like a Bartolini equipped jazz bass to me.
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I'm quite sure it's his Yamaha or a Yamaha.
  16. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    I just saw the clip of Nathan performing with Daft Punk on The Grammys tonight. Watching him in that, he had what looked like a Yamaha 5 string Jazz bass (probably his signature model). He was playing fingerstyle and plucking near the bridge pickup. His amp rig appeared to be a TC Electronic setup.
  17. I was gonna say active jazz, with emphasis near the bridge
  18. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Can't believe this is a Daft Punk song...very different from all I've heard from them thus far.
  19. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    nathan east signature yamaha or warwick streamer stage II. either one will get you that.
  20. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I can't warm to Daft Punk, but I'll listen to anything with Nathan East playing. Love that Yamaha! I find they have a bit more depth to their sound than other Jazz 5ers. Even my old BB405 cops that 'polite growl' just perfectly.