Premise At first I was going to title this thread “Modular synthesis for bassists”. Then I saw that I was not thinking about the craft of modular synthesis as it might concern bassists. Rather I noticed in my synthesis work some tendencies: the influence of my bass experience on it, and of it on my thinking about bass. Background In fact, though I first picked up a bass guitar in 1979, I already played synthesizers during the few years prior. The first was an ARP 2600. Next up was a large Buchla modular. And just before starting with bass guitar I bought my first synth, a used EML 500. Thus I was a synthesist before I was a bassist. A musician since early childhood, it was as a young teen that I discovered electronic and electric instruments and recording. Now, after very recently returning to synthesis with real intention, I assembled for the first time a modular synthesizer of my own. Currently my synthesis sessions usually take the same path: study leads to music making. Even if I don’t like the music that results, I always try for a musical outcome. (This is something I was taught to do as a child, by my first serious flute teacher. She almost boxed my ears one day. But instead, after making me complete the etude, she let me play her 1923 Haynes flute. That Haynes changed my life. I felt the power. Thus in those two moments, that young woman transformed me into both a disciplined musician and a lifelong gear head.) Bass culture That I see, here on the forums sound synthesis is usually mentioned in four ways as it relates to bass: using pedals to make synth-like sounds with a bass using a synthesizer as a signal processor for bass playing a synthesizer along with a bass in performance notable bassists who play “synth bass” alternatively. Though in years past I did some version of each (except being notable, which I never was), my interest here is different. Synth view? Modular. World view? Bass. What I’m noticing is that nowadays, though on the synthesizer 1. I never consciously design bass sounds to resemble physical bass instruments, 2. often I design them anyway, and 3. when I do, the resemblance is a feature, while the core of the sound is all synth. This suggests to me first of all that I am the product of all my experience. By background I am a musician, tinkerer, producer, visual artist, composer, sound designer, bassist, and synthesist. All of those, yet something other than the set. That's true of anyone, I think. But in this case it means that as a bassist I make different decisions about arrangement, time, texture, timbre, etc. when creating modular synthesis music than a pianist, trumpeter, non-physical instrument musician, or dancer would. As for the bass-like sounds that happen, listening to my recordings I notice that, in keeping with the non-physical essence of the instrument maybe, sometimes I stretch the sound slightly, but clearly past what a physical instrument could do easily (or at all), save possibly with signal processing. Also I find that the synthetic sonic space as it overlaps bass guitar can skew my perception of bass guitar sound. This can be for the better or the worse. One synth sound can inspire me to approach my bass sound differently, while another makes bass guitar sound seem dull or limited. Related is that, as relatively tactile as a modular synth tends to be, in the range of electronic instruments (assuming it has a fairly knobby, pad-y, slider-y interface), when I play bass guitar after synthesizing, I am struck anew by its physicality. Even as an electric instrument, bass guitar is by its construction and function more acoustical and in use is more physical than a purely electronic instrument. Though music is music to me, my relationships with bass and synth as music making tools differ accordingly. Some music Here are examples of my recent synth music that feature either bass-like sounds and/or bass world view, as I described above. Each is one patch with no overdubs. Note that my modular synth does not have a black-and-white keyboard. I own a keyboard, but have yet to use it. The synth's sequencer has playable pads, but so far in performance I use them only to change logic settings (while recording, that is; I don’t gig anymore). Lastly, I’m not playing any samples. All sounds are from scratch. My music welcomes short attention spans, but does not reward them.