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What's this bass tone?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Hambone 70, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Hambone 70

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    Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now". Love the tone... especially the mini-solo riff at 2:45.

    Is it synth bass? Bass guitar?
  2. dougjwray

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    I've always assumed that it's a synth.
  3. Hambone 70

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  4. Roy Vogt

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    That sounds like synth bass. You could approximate that with a fretless and judicious use of EQ, though.
  5. Hambone 70

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    Thanks, Roy!
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    I couldn't find an online answer, so I took a chance and e-mailed Joe Leeway, from Thompson Twins, who interestingly is now a hypnotherapist and neuro-linguistic programming trainer in California.

    He kindly replied "1981 Oberheim synth"!

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