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another Rob Allen MB2 Fretless 4 clip

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Jan 29, 2006.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    just setup my studio in the new digs.

    Rob Allen MB2 fretless 4 direct into my EMU 1820M.

    just an off the cuff ramble with some verbz.

    makes me forget i sold my upright.

    www.hodshon.com/rob_allen_1-28-2006a.mp3

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  2. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    I just love the sound of these basses...totally addictive.
     
  3. Wow, up until now I've never heard a Rob Allen.. I've got to say, thats one of the best fretless sounds I've ever heard.

    I'm going to have to find one to check out! (although I would never sell my upright for it :) )
     
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    yes. i couldn't have put it better myself!

    agree, she's a keeper.

    i recorded the clip strictly as a test to make sure i setup my PC/EMU audio hardware correctly.

    that 1820M is really great. the Patchmix DSP app that came with it is gorgeous. real time effects too.

    funny how late night clips always sound a bit "eh" the next morning.

    :p

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  5. Interesting clip. I'm assuming you didn't use much treble rolloff and are playing Labella tapes ?

    I get a very different sound from my MB2 with the treble rolled off @85% with Rotosound tapes and a light touch. To my ears this gets as close as I can to an upright like tone but still retaining the instrument's own unique sound.

    What a wonderful bass Rob creates.:hyper:
     
  6. +1 Very nice clip, but sounds much more 'fretless electric' to the very organic, DB type sound I go for with mine.... I also roll the treble off (about 50%), but still use the LaBella tapewounds. I think a lot of it has to do with technique also... if you put yourself in DB mode, and play very close to the neck, it really can get surprisingly woody and DB sounding. However, if you play toward the bridge and use a lot of vibrato, etc., it can sound very 'fretless EB'.

    Very nice.
     
  7. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Are your strings Rotosound 88's? Those are the ones I've ordered with my MB-2 4-string. Rob said those 88's give the bass a "closer to upright" tone than his standard LaBella's, at least because they (the 88's) have less sustain.
     
  8. Yes, they are 88's. AFAIK they are the only tapewound Rotosound offers. Both Rotosound and LaBella tapes sound great on Rob's basses.
     
  9. Any news on when that baby's coming in for a landing?
     
  10. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    No, Ken, and thanks for asking. This is one of those times where I *can't* say "No news is good news." ;) He said he'd let me know when it's nearing completion. I'll let you know when I hear from him.
     
  11. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I have massive, massive GAS for a Rob Allen.
    It's not on the radar, but maybe someday.

    He builds one Mighty Fine instrument.
     
  12. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Also check out the sample at Rob Allen's website. Prepare to fall deeply, deeply in love.
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    here are some pics of my RA MB2.

    i wasn't really paying attention to my technique when recording the clip.

    tapewounds with the shipped rolloff setting.

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    another clip

    www.hodshon.com/ra1.mp3

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  14. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    What??? No lines??? How do you know where you "are?" ;)
     
  15. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    But seriously, folks.... what is the wood used for the body?
     
  16. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i don't :)


    alder all the way baby.

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  17. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    ah - beautiful. Mine's going to be the "standard" curly maple top.... on a mahogany body. But I'm cheating -- the neck will have lines. I'm "good," but not *that* good!
     
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    jaco had lines.

    gary willis argues lines.

    you're in good company.

    :hyper:

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  19. arizonabass

    arizonabass

    Feb 6, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    I'm not ashamed..... ;) Funny, my bass teacher, who is a jazz genius (to me) on upright, played my lined fretless Jazz and exclaimed, "How do you fretless players know where you are!?" Silly boy.
     
  20. Pardon my ultranewbie computer mixing question, but I would like to know how you're generating those drum jams in the background.