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All your basses are belong to me...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mal1905, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Mal1905


    Jan 10, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    ...so just send them to me as a 'thank you' for showing you the future of bass players ;)

    Future Bassist
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    It sounds exactly like a machine is playing. Unimpressed. So a student of robotics chose to make a bass robot instead of a janitor robot, Whoopie. I'd rather see one that gets me a beer from the fridge and do dishes for my wife than a "bass player" robot; and my aircar, they promised we'd have aircars by now.

    A machine can lift tons of weight but an Olympic champion weightlifter is much more impressive. So it goes for all aspects of technology. Human achievement and skill is always better.
  3. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    They always ruin these thing by making them play electronica. Have it play some Motown instead.
  4. Wow James, what made you think of away to replace yourself as a bass player? But unlike 96tbird I am impressed with your invention. Because you dream and make your dreams a reality, so congrats on the project. Now concentrate on a way to save the planet we need people like you who think outside the box.
  5. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    What would The Gov't Think of this?!?
  6. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    While I understand your position, google Arduino for me. You'll be mesmerized by what you find and the level of human skill it takes to make such an extraordinary project with that micro controller. His craftsmanship is on par with, if not exceeding, that of many luthiers on this very site. Not only did he cut, print, etc. the parts for his project (heck, some people here use Warmoth in their builds), he also programmed the electronics for it, kinda like when a boutique or high-end bass company builds a bass from scratch and then installs a pre-amp they designed.

    You are unimpressed because you are uneducated in the arts of programming, 3D printing, and laser cutting and the various mathematical, logical, and analytical skills they require.

    EDIT: Oh... and this robot needs two rollers (one metal or plastic and the other foam or rubber coated) that pinch the strings where the plastic meets the foam/rubber. This would allow for slides :bassist:
  7. A few years ago I saw a robotic mini-fridge that actually catapulted beer at you. It came with a remote and everything, so you never had to leave the couch.

    Also, I'm impressed by this. It's quite a daunting feat, I'm sure. Of course I'll always prefer human bass players, this stuff is always cool to see. As long as it's in the lab and not on stage...
  8. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    That's just awesome. Was it you that built it? I know what comes into making things like this, was it just one person that did everything? Insane if so! :D Great job.

    Need to model some fingers though, pick playing on a bass is shameful even for a robot ;) (just kidding)
  9. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Haha awesome. The invention and construction of this machine does kinda blow my mind. But like what 96tbird was saying (I think this is what he was getting at anyway), on a record, I'd prefer human bass.
  10. Next install a learning module so the robot can "model" different bassists.

    It's just a matter of time.
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Sure it's great that he chose to make a bass player but compared to the new mars rover, it's just an expensive toy. But note that its not a machine that can play an instrument, it is a machine that emulates an an instrument. Build a ten fingered machine that grabs a jazz or a Sadowsky and plays like Victor or Jaco, then I'm impressed. I will step back and say that yes the builder has a bright future in his field. He will likely go in to make things that actually have a useful purpose.
  13. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    Ok, I'm going to call the McDonald's right outside of the Biltmore Estate and let them know their player piano is useless and they should hire a musician instead because player pianos don't sound as good...

    Yes, human talent is better MUSICALLY; and while I agree that this is not the future bassist, I cannot understand how this does not impress you.

    You seem to think scientists are supposed to invent things that benefit you. Have you ever considered that some scientists actually enjoy inventing and occasionally like to make something cool and interesting just for art's sake?

    Come on dude... it's even MIDI capable...
  14. Luddite
  15. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    I think MOOG recieved as warm a welcome from the Ochestra's he was supposedly putting out of bussiness...
  16. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Quite possibly the best bass for Metal so far!
  17. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    Hey I liked it !!! I didn't hear any lack of human touch. In fact it is better than many computerized music of today ... even if it is a human who played bass on the record it is compressed, quantized etc to make it perfect.

    It is still a human who made the music and all .. so I'm ok with it. Maybe it is because I heard a lot of MIDI 8bit/16bit music for video games ... as long as there is a human behind it !
  18. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It can't.
  19. A cool invention no doubt. But i doubt it will ever replace a human, because part of the fun is playing the instrument yourself!
  20. I do think it's pretty cool, and I appreciate what goes into doing something like that. But, having said that, you can have my bass when you pry my cold dead fingers from around it.:)