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I really like the sound and liveliness of the bass at some points in the song Hero by Mariah Carey as heard on her Music Box album.

Here are the main moments where it happens in the official album version of the song: 1:26, 1:34, 1:42, 1:55.

However, the bass line appears to be played with a synth bass or even programmatically, by Walter Afanasieff, according to the credits information available here.

Any idea of how to reproduce this kind of bass sound using a real electric bass guitar? (model, strings, amplifier, etc.)

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    Re: close votes, I'm not entirely convinced that this is off-topic. OP asks how to play it, and they do mention gear, but emulating a specific sound with a bass guitar sounds pretty on-topic to me, apart from that last parenthetical insertion. – user45266 Sep 24 '19 at 17:21
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    It sounds pretty heavily compressed, fingers back near the bridge. You could do it on almost anything if you wind the tone knob back a bit. Aside from the compressor, it's all in the player, not in any particular rig. 1993… that's way early for sophisticated sampling techniques. Whatever it's credited, I'd say it was played, from what it sounds like. – Tetsujin Sep 24 '19 at 17:44
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    "transcription of specific works, including identifying notes/chords/meters/other elements in songs" ... If emulating the pitch and timing is forbidden, why should emulating the timbre and articulation be allowed? They are elements of specific works. Though on the other hand, "practice or performance technique" is allowed, so how about asking for practice or performance techniques for achieving a bass sound similar to for example the one used in Hero by Mariah Carey. The sound may require a specific performance or practice technique. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '19 at 17:50
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    in itself, it's an example of a playing style that survived a whole decade at least - LeAnn Rimes, How Do I Live, or at its best, Michael Jackson, Earth Song [yup, everybody thinks that's a synth. It's not, it's Guy Pratt on a fretless & octavider.] – Tetsujin Sep 24 '19 at 17:54
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    @topomorto They are nice and helpful, absolutely. But a lot of close votes don't seem to completely grasp the question's scope in the first place. This question is about tone and sound design, we've had those questions here since forever. Regardless, the questions sits a 3 close votes atm, the reason? "recommendations for specific equipment". No one is asking for gear recommendations here. These kind of close votes are too stackoverflowy, and they are too common in the queue. – Von Huffman Sep 24 '19 at 22:12