What Exactly is "Slap Tone"?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Saint, Jul 25, 2000.

  1. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I keep seeing basses with "slap contour" switches or the like. My understanding is that these switches cut mid-range out of the sound to get a "slap tone".

    Well, as someone who is just starting to slap, what exactly is "slap tone"? Does it involve a mid-range cut? If not, then what does it involve. Why is the presence of mid-range frequencies bad for slap?

    Help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Mo' bass

    Mo' bass

    May 4, 2000
    The "slap contour" switch on the Warwick Corvette FNA JazzMan boosts the low's and high's and cuts the mid's. It sounds awsome.

    Also most Trace Elliot amps have a pre-shape switch that does about the same thing. (It sounds different than the Warwick though.)

    When you slap without "slap contour" the sounds get a little thinner. This is compensated for by the bass boost and mid cut. These mostly do more than just compensate to make the sound 'fatter'. The attack of the slap is enhanced by the high boost.