Phobass III! The final frontier of electro-bassery
Hello fellow bassists!
Of the few members of you that may know/remember, I've designed a bass guitar styled digital synthesizer utilizing touch sensors and algorithms for hand position sensing.
Cutting right to the chase! Here is a quick video of the third prototype in action: http://youtu.be/gZFlAVRy4oM
Note: It may be 16mins long but you can just skip around to have a quick listen to patch possibilities, its only me talking half the time!
A quick listing of some Phobass 3 features/specs:
I'm currently in the design progress of Phobass 4 having redesigned some of the neck and i'm still figuring out a better method for the string block for detecting the users right hand position and a patch saving method.
Absolutely any feedback that you guys could give me is utterly golden! Tell me any features that you would want incorporated into an instrument like this, I'm making it for the bassist, not for the multi-national musical instrument companies.
Sounds like my old Casio keyboard. I think it would be cool if you could make it sound more like a bass.
Edited: The sound is not my thing but I have never seen a bass/synthesizer like the one you have designed. I think that if you were able to incorporate many different sound options, including something close to a real bass, then your synthesizer would appeal to a larger audience of potential buyers. Good luck with your project and my apologies if my initial comment offended you.
Musicians use instruments as a tool.
In that video we see only a toy.
Keep up the good work.
I could easily see some industrial style band using something like that in the future.
Don't let those negatives derail you...
Quite an endeavor. for sure, and searching for feedback is a lot more open-minded than not- 'To Your Success'...
It's obvious that you've put a lot into this, and I can think of some poss offshoots, when you get that far along.
However, it is the TONE of the electric bass that has made it so popular in music, and listening to what has made it this well-liked will possibly help you add (depth and fullness, etc) what is not there yet to your work.
But then, it wasn't always this way- before electronics were introduced, the bass tone was made acoustically, with what they avail at the time.
Formula One cars (in their current config) weren't previously avail, either- didn't prevent anyone from racing, tho. I don't need wheels on something to race it.
The first electric bass's didn't sound like uprights, either, yet look where they are.
Hang in there, make it yours, but other's input (good and bad) can be crucial to success.
Thanks for bringing it to the table- will be interesting to see where it evolves.
Personally not my bag.
I wanna invest in it!
There are probably 99% of the people on this forum (including the negative commenters no doubt) who could not design something like this.
I did some work with electronic music back in the early 70's and that controller is just fantastic.
I would suggest adding a straight MIDI control option so that it could be used as a bass in addition to a synthesizer.
If there were thumbs-up smilies I would give you several.
i really like this idea and i think it's got quite a bit of potential. i would like to see more natural, non-synthy type sounds like upright, electric bass, fretless electric, flats/rounds (maybe one of the controls can change the tonality from flats on one end and rounds on the other with a lot if inbetweens), violin, grand piano. i could see myself using this in place of a keyboard/piano as it's much easier for me to play a bass than it is a keyboard/piano due to the limited dexterity in my hands.
Keep at it, Pyrohaz! Personally, I love to see a proper Mad Scientist at work. Your Phobass is as cool as it is mind-boggling.
P.S.: Why do I suddenly have the urge to hear Rammstein do a cover of "Vital Signs"?
Don't know why, but I could imagine Tony Levin playing the hell outta' that thing.
Very cool. Screw the natural sounds, there's no point in reinventing the wheel.
1. Make a lin/log adjustable CV output so we can control modular synths.
2. Make your sustain trigger controlled by how long you hold your finger on the fret. This would negate your need for your "string" mode and be much more natural to the way we bass players play.
3. MIDI of course, then all those folks that want a real sound can use a sample box.
4. Any cabling coming out of the bass should be one cable only. If you need a break out box to split midi, cv, analog/digital onboard sound, etc then that would work I think.
5. Make a fretless version with 4 really long ribbon controllers
7. Make it cost less than $100 USD. LOL :hiding:
8. Add in sequencer looping capabilities, i.e. you can loop the sequence and play on top of it with same or different patch.
The proximity sensor is a great idea as is the movable sequencer. Your tapping at the end starts to show the potential. Fantastic bit of engineering in progress, keep it up and keep us posted!
Ignore the haters. That is fantastic. We've seen previous attempts to make a keyboard-type instrument that you can play using a guitar/bass style fingerboard, but they've all been half-baked. That interface you've got there is amazing. Hope you've got that patented before the big boys see that vid!
As for sound, that's all downstream of the fingerboard, so you can tweak that to get a variety of bass tones. I can imagine getting a great Thomas Dolby-style synth bass tone.
I agree with the earlier poster who mentioned a MIDI interface. Onboard sounds plus a way to control a full up synth would rock.
I give you the Futurama Product Award:
Don't worry about the negative comments, and keep improving it.
Personally, I would like to have some line6 varied kind of patches as well..
That looks great. I'd love to hear what the sound is like recorded direct as opposed to just being picked up by the camera mic. I've been getting more into synthesizers lately and that looks very promising as a controller or stand alone instrument. Keep up the good work.
As a synth junky I only have two words for this.
Don't mind the naysayers... What you've made is really cool! :bassist:
As a bass player that is always trying different ways to make my bass sound like a synth, I LOVE this idea. My only real input is that MIDI out would be an awesome addition. The tones you're getting are cool, but from a entrepreneurial/production/marketing standpoint, I think the potential capacity to use this thing as a MIDI controller could make it a viable product. I'd love to use that thing to control my old Novation BassStation. :bassist::bassist::bassist:
I'm pretty much with this guy:
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