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Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

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Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Yeah, this one time...
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No, never. It's always been crap.
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Postby Eierdiebe on Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:59 am

slap-synth-bass is indeed quite terrible.
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Postby Germ War on Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:06 am

I'm gonna vote Not Crap on this with a high waffle factor. Everything in moderation. Would I want to exclusively hear this sound from a bass player? No. But there is a time and a place for everything, and like any form of music, those who can do things well generally make up for all the shit you must wade through to get there.
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Postby a. james on Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:40 am

mr.arrison wrote:And tweeters in Bass Amps are motherfucking retarded. I guess the slappers of the world have created the need for this "feature" that I abhor. Makes any other bass sound other than slap sound like mid-range scooped potato chip CHINKCHINK sizzle sizzle


Boombats wrote:All those tweeters do is amplify the worst bart of the bass. Fret buzz, string noise, and every mistake. If you've got 10" speakers you don't need that little thing.


no argument here.

in fact, thanks for stating my case on these godforsaken thinga, fellas.

EDIT 2: these horrible things are the reason i play through my old sunn cabs.

i had some ampeg cabs, but i've always hated having features i would never, ever use. the sunns kind of fell into my lap. i had an acoutic 270 i didn't use (it had reverb...fucking useless features!) and traded it for one 4x12 and one 2x15.

i once traded a p-bass special for a p-bass b/c having that unused jazz pickup pissed me off. sure, the p-bass neck was fatter than the one on the special, but at least i didn't have a tone ruining jazz bass pickup sitting there that was off all the time.

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bassdriver wrote:the worst thing are definitely slap-synth-basses!


Eierdiebe wrote:slap-synth-bass is indeed quite terrible.


"janie's got a gun" anyone?
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Postby alpha80 on Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:38 am

Slap Bass has always been awful, IMO

I've heard maybe 3 records it didn't f#@k up.
...and I've heard alot of records.
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Postby BadComrade on Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:16 pm

alpha80 wrote:Slap Bass has always been awful


Wrong.
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Postby caix on Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:32 pm

Anyone ever heard of Funkadelics? 'nuff said.
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Postby scott on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:30 pm

The slap bass sounds pretty excellent in this video clip of Uzeda playing at the Touch & Go 25th show.

Eh?
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Postby rashiedgarrison on Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:49 pm

Anyone else read this in the wrong way? No? Oh well. Carry on.


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Postby magilla on Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:02 pm

I like it, but agree it has to be innovative.
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Postby simmo on Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:07 pm

The break in Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al - she is retarded but awesome. I wish she was my ringtone.

Also, Barnard Edwards sometimes veered towards the slap and did so masterfully.

Hmmm I guess it can be done well, but it's one of those tricks that once someone learns, they so rarely have the decorum to do it gracefully and when required (thinks: Ronaldo's constant step-over)
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Postby Boombats on Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:39 pm

simmo wrote:The break in Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al - she is retarded but awesome. I wish she was my ringtone.


I think that's Bathiki Kumalo. Great guy, but Allah fucking popsicle sticks I hate that song.
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Postby steve on Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:34 pm

scott wrote:The slap bass sounds pretty excellent in this video clip of Uzeda playing at the Touch & Go 25th show.

Eh?

I was going to mention Raffaele Gulisano. He's about the only rock bass player that can use the side of his thumb for a whole song and have me like all of it.

Like any technique, it has its occasional place. Occasions being pretty rare in this case.
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Postby STF on Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:46 pm

It sounds really cheesy. All of the genres it features in suck and it kind of automatically makes you sound like one of these genres when you do it. It's very limiting.
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Postby a. james on Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:10 pm

i been listening to this best of bootsy comp. it's got a couple moments of awesomeness in it. those moments aren't slapped either. weird.

i do love the bassline and tone of "thank ya (falettinme be mice elf again)" though.
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Postby m.koren on Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:15 pm

that damned fly wrote:"janie's got a gun" anyone?


I heard that today on the radio. The slap sound is a synth. I remember Steven Tyler saying that he stole that part from something he heard bassist Tom Hamilton doing one time. So, maybe it's slap bass by osmosis ?
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Postby Red Square on Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:56 pm

not crap but a good waffle factor for the sake of taste...

and fuck the seinfeld bass in the neck with a power drill...
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Postby tmidgett on Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:44 pm

I want to once again point out Bernard Edwards.

He might have been the greatest electric bass player in the instrument's history.

There's a little doinkity-doink in there.

Also, the best thing to do with a tweeter in a bass cabinet is stick a pencil through it.
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Postby BadComrade on Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:55 pm

Thanks to the resurrection of this thread, I've watched this video of Graham Central Station miming to their song "Pow" about 5 times today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IuD6F3R5I

I'm currently off work for 5 days, I should learn how to play this.
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Postby Antero on Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:02 am

STF wrote:It sounds really cheesy. All of the genres it features in suck and it kind of automatically makes you sound like one of these genres when you do it. It's very limiting.
Yes, funk sucks man!

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Postby jimmy spako on Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:08 am

only a fair fight if the bass gets to use slapback delay.

otherwise, crap.
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