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ways to make synth bass sounds

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by necropain, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    so whats do you think is way to make synth bass sounds without the obvious synth pedal or envelope filter??

    personally i think flanger plus distortion or dano chicken salad plus muff.
  2. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I like the Whammy with a wah after it. Put a fuzz in fornt to keep the note going and you can get some cool sounds.
  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I like octaver+fuzz.
  4. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    Octaver + "Brassier" Fuzz + Envelope
  5. Play high on your bass --> octave down pedal w/ no direct sound --> gated fuzz --> chorus (or your modulation of choice) --> low pass filter w/ an expression pedal controlling the filter

    I would also say add some delay somewhere in the signal chain to make the transition from one note to the other smoother. There's a word for this in the synth world but I forget what is it called.
  6. Phagor


    Mar 26, 2002
    London, UK
    Portamento, or glissando. That's where the pitch slides from one note to the next (can be smooth or up a scale or chromatically).

    I never thought of using delay to simulate it - interesting. A fretless bass would also help with the pitch sliding! Or maybe the EHX Superego which has glissando.
  7. gastric

    gastric Professional product tester for hire

    Jun 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Source Audio BETA tester
    I have a variety of synth sound examples using various effects on my page. Click my signature below.
  8. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals

    I'm really interested in the specific combos everyone uses. Like "this pedal at this setting going into this pedal at this setting".

    I want to mooch off of you.
  9. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
  10. Meyatch

    Meyatch Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I use a Boss Slow Gear clone into a Flanger, a wah and evelope filter sometimes as well.
  11. MXR BOD - Girth 90% up, Growl 70% up (~ 1 o'clock), dry about 30% up, MID+ engaged, set to 800 Hz (may try switching that to 400 Hz though) >>>

    Sparkle Drive - Very light OD, mostly dry, just to add a bit of sparkle/harmonics >>>

    Proton - Up sweep, Range down (more range), Gain about 9 o'clock (but highly dependent on output of your bass), Peak at 2:30 - 2:45 o'clock, Decay 10 - 11 o'clock.

    I also use the Hawk into it, but have not had great success with that, the Hawk is so saturated and intense that it's note bloom seems to overwhelm the EF.
  12. Shandiesel


    Sep 13, 2012
    I just bought a Boss Bass Synth and just found this string. I havn't actually used it yet. I also just bout a new BTB5 so it will all come together at once.:ninja:
  13. droo46


    Jun 16, 2011
    Bass Synth Wah -> Swollen Pickle

    Simple, yet amazing.

    Edit: Sound sample link -
  14. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Classic combo of octave down , fuzz, filter and any flavor of modulation, (ie: chorus, flanger, phaser) is the easiest way, or using a dedicated "synth effect", like the BMS, or other. But none of it will be even close to what you can do with a keyboard synthesizer. Even a Micro-Korg will provide almost limitless options for sound, that you'll never achieve with effects pedals.
  15. Most synthy sounds do rely on an envelope or a filter of some sort. Since the OP doesn't want to use a synth sound, I think the best option is to do what a number of people have suggested already:

    Bass --> Octave pedal with the dry sound off and -1 or other octaves up all the way --> Fuzz or maybe OD ---> Flanger, phasor or maybe chorus --> Amp
  16. +1
  17. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    No it's not the same as a keyboard. But we're not keyboardists here. Some of us want to do this organically.
  18. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    to clarify i have a synth pedal and i like it, what i wanted to know with this post was how to get other cool synthy sounds using other sorts or effects rather than just using a synth. frankly i just find that finding creative ways to use effects to make different flavors of other effects to be interesting.

    also i don't know if this is just me but I've never found myself trying to sound exactly like a keyboard.

    anywho what i've found that i love is

    Boss OC2 clone with octave 1 at full and dry at full octave 2 turned all the way down
    JoYo Voodoo Octave(with octave up turned on) mid cut switch down, fuzz at 2 o clock and tone a 8 o clock
    Danelectro Chicken Salad intensity full and speed about 11 o clock

    anyone know how to make any cool ambient synth tones with a combination of pedals?
  19. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    How close can my Tech 21 Red Ripper get to an actual synth pedal? I know it's a fuzz pedal, but the rip knob produces a very synthy tone. With the rip knob cranked, I'm not 100% sure how synthy it is, it sure sounds synthy to my ears, and I don't have a synth pedal to compare with.

    Has anyone compared the two?
  20. Nice one! :bassist: