'Bassist Who Compose With Keys And Bass'

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mustBmtd, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. mustBmtd

    mustBmtd Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    As a bassplayer do you still or ever compose your own stuff, using bass or keyboard and what boards do you use? Along with the other essential instruments, such as drums or workstation keyboards. Wanting to start doing this myself. Trying to get a feel for a descent workstation keyboard. Also willing to trade some basses for a good workstation keyboard. :thumbsup::cool::bassist:
  2. I pretty much primarily compose and record music on keys and bass (with some sneaky guitar here and there), and I would not recommend getting a workstation keyboard. Nowadays, I find the better option to be getting a capable daw such as Logic pro and a good controller. The daw will probably have better patches (depending on the DAW) over a workstation and will allow for a lot more variety. The controller will also probably be higher quality than a workstation since they are more stripped down (that stops happening at a certain price though). I've heard decent things about the Komplete Keyboards, and I personally have, and really love, the first version of the Roland A88 (It is an expensive board, but I got mine used and cheap since MKII is out). The A88 is good example of how a really nice controller is cheaper than an equivalent workstation. The equivalent workstation FA-08 is almost double the price and I personally don't think the keybed is as nice on it, so ymmv.
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  3. QweziRider

    QweziRider Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    I nearly always hear rhythms first. Superior Drummer for that, then followed by whatever instrument hits me (bass, key, guitar, etc.). Rare occasions I hear a piano part first, build that, then go from there with everything else. Using my trusty old Alesis QS8.1, sometimes for its own sounds more often used with some kind of soft synth or orchestral samples (EWQL).
  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Since I mostly compose solo piano music, I often work at the piano. Wait. What was the question, LOL? ;)
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  5. MixBass

    MixBass Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    I compose and record every which way possible. I also think don’t bother with an expensive keyboard unless you really want weighted keys. The plugin instruments these days are stupid good and cheap. The DSthorne is on sale now for 40$ through plugin alliance and it’s an absolute beast. Most of the time I just use the oxygen8 controller due to it’s small footprint.
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  6. MixBass

    MixBass Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    Forgot to mention, this should probably be moved to the recording section.
  7. Alik


    Apr 13, 2013
    El Paso, TX
    I compose primarily on keys, and about 5% on both keys and bass. I find the synth bass sounds very useful for what I need.
    As MixBass commented, vst plugins are getting cheaper and better lately, but I still use built-in sounds on my keyboard. If you're still on the market for a workstation, check out the Roland FA Series, great sound engine, but some functions may be found deep into the menu system, but according to advanced users, "everything is in there"
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    This is pretty much what I was going to say. Unless you plan to gig with the keyboard, I think its a much better option nowadays to find a controller you like and then start diving into software. I've bought and sold a lot of keyboards over the years. Now I just use this thing that cost me less than $100, plus software that came with Cubase. This is a mini keyboard, there are lots of decent full size keyboards that are dirt cheap, too.

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