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THE SYNTH BASS THREAD

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ERIC31, Mar 12, 2014.


  1. ERIC31

    ERIC31

    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    I did a search before starting this but didn't find any threads specifically on this subject.

    Ok now before you all cry "off with the infidels head!" :bag: let me explain myself.

    I've recently acquired an M-Audio Venom synthesizer with the main goal of developing some synth bass skills to go along with my bass guitar skills. It's very programmable and has some really nice bass patches already onboard. I'm no purist and whatever makes bass noises is ok by me. I'm very much into 80's music and there is a lot of synth bass especially in the new wave genre, not to mention soul/r&b from that era.

    I've been having fun with this. Some of my influences in this are Gerald V. Casale from Devo, Patrick O'Hearn from Missing Persons, Kate from The B-52's and lots of synthpop.

    Anyone else into this besides me? What synths do you use? :D

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  2. If I had the funds I would be! :D
     
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  4. Apolicious

    Apolicious

    Jan 16, 2014
    and how are you enjoying those thirty pieces of silver?
     
  5. ERIC31

    ERIC31

    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    I got this synth for $200 shipped off eBay! You don't have to go broke to get going.:D
     
  6. I use my bass into my Microkorg every now and again. Mainly just because I am more comfortable with playing a fretboard than keys.

    This is currently the onyl picture I have of my microkorg
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  7. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I have the M-Audio Venom and I use it as a controller for my Trilian patches in Mainstage! 3 years strong.
     
  8. I use a Roland Juno 60 and Dave smith mopho x4!!
     
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  9. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    I'm using a Roland Gaia for probably 40% of my current gig (hip-hop/r&b/dance stuff). I'm thinking of getting a second keyboard of some kind to fill in the gaps, while playing bass on the Gaia.
     
  10. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yes, I got into synths a few years ago- Moog Little Phatty, DSI Mono Evolver kb, Waldorf Blofeld kb, and an Alesis Fusion 6HD synth workstation. My bass chops have suffered, but I'm becoming a decent keyboardist.
     
  11. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    I used to run the new Taurus bass pedals but they were a pain for such a novel item so I got rid of them. Still have a Minimoog Voyager though.
     
  12. A few days ago, after some test runs on Bass Stations, Minibrutes and some other stuff, I've decided to go and save for this:
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  13. ERIC31

    ERIC31

    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    Nice to see others doing this. I don't have any formal keyboard/piano training so I've just been playing along to MP3s and picking up tips from various how-to-play videos on YouTube. Any other tips from you more experienced players?
     
  14. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist

    Sep 19, 2012
    Colorado
    I always wanted bass guitar to be able to do synth bass, but they are very distinctive instruments in reality. I do some software synth stuff for recordings nowadays. It's a good tool to have in your kit.
     
  15. CJAtheBassman

    CJAtheBassman

    Sep 22, 2012
    I have a Yamaha PSR-185 keyboard that includes a bass section (including synth bass). I fool around on it once in a while, but what I would really like is a synthesizer pedal that I can hook my bass up to.
     
  16. halfjackson

    halfjackson

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Cool thread. It's only a matter of time before I purchase a synth. Until then, it'll be the fuzz > filter > octave type stuff for me.
     
  17. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    I tried going this route, through pedals, mainly, but found that if I truly wanted synth tones I would either have to shell out big bucks for a dedicated synth processor like what Roland makes, or just bite the bullet and get an actual synth. It takes a bit of practice, but isn't the hardest thing I've learned to do. It's actually really fun!
     
  18. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Toronto
    I have a Roland Gaia as well. Lots of fun for tweaking and big fat sounds. Also an old JV-2080. My first and favorite is the GR-33b. Hard to control sometimes but it has the best organic tones of them all and I still record with it for certain sounds as the envelope, being built from a plucked string, is quite different than one from a trigger.
     
  19. Used to use a microkorg, then wanted full size keys and essentially traded straight up for the Korg R3. Pretty much as soon as that happened I got a keys player that could actually play a synth so now he uses it.
     
  20. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist

    Sep 19, 2012
    Colorado
    I honestly think we (bassists) are misguided to want to make a bass guitar sound like a synth or vice-versa. Part of what makes these instruments sound like they do is not only the built-in ADSR differences but also the way we interact with the strings or keys... A lot of bass lines played on synth "feel" different and people end up coming up with different things on a keyboard than they would have with strings. Also remember the way keys are all lined out in half steps and on a bass we have another layer of interval thinking that shapes the intervals we prefer. When I solo on the keyboard, I get different ideas and I really like them. It is liberating. They are different instruments. This is a good thing. Besides isn't it great to know a little keyboard? Makes you a lot more versatile.
     



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