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Tell Me About Your Roland GK or Other Synth Bass Setup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bacid, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. I want to synthesize my bass. Is the Roland Synth pickup paired with a Roland interface such as the V-Bass system or the Midi Interface superior to any other synths out there? I want to run two outputs, one through the synth and one straight into another amp can I do this with a Roland pickup? What other synths on the market are comparable/better than this setup. Thanks.
  2. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
  3. jibreel


    Apr 12, 2005
    The four most common pickups are Roland, Yamaha, RMC and Axon although there are others. All of these pickups allow you three positions: bass only or bass and midi or midi only. The RMC has the most flexibliltiy.

    The Roland bass synth is more of a fixed system although the Roland pickup can be used to trigger a midi converter.

    Do a search for "midi: on this forum. There are a number of threads that have information on this subject although some of it is a little outdated.

    I have just order the RMC pickup and the new Axon midi converter and am awaiting delviery. I will post and share the results when I get them.

    Good Luck
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    yes, with a roland pickup you can mix and match synth/dry sounds.

    The Vbass system isn't true midi, it's doing sound modelling rather than note to midi conversion (that's what takes the most time in guitar/midi setups).

    As suggested, a search here and effects forum will return many useful results
  5. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Yeah, a lot of people lump the V-Bass in with MIDI - but in fact one could use the V-Bass without ever touching a MIDI cable or synth/sampling module (though it does come in handy for sysex storage of patches). As said, the V-Bass does not suffere any pitch-to-midi conversion glitches or delay, which for many of us is a real plus ... it translates every gesture into sound just like any standard bass.

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