How to get a great slap bass tone

We were joined by bass-player extraordinaire Nigel from Rotosound recently who gave us a quick run-down on how to get a top-notch slap bass tone from your setup.

Slap bass tone with EQ pedal

Slap bass is always fun to throw in, and getting the right sound to make the most of it can be a major part of the battle. You want a sound that’s got weight, but punchy, has presence, but is also solid. Just how can you dial that in?

From strings to pickups and amps to EQ, Nigel gives you the lowdown on getting a great slap bass sound. So, throw some stainless steel 40-100 strings on your bass, scoop out your mids and channel your inner Claypool…

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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