What is your choice for bass synth??

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by KB, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. Electro-Harmonix Bass Microsynth

    16 vote(s)
  2. Akai Deep Impact

    36 vote(s)
  3. Boss SYB3

    12 vote(s)
  4. Line6 FM-4 (the synth sound settings)

    3 vote(s)
  5. Other (please specify in post)

    14 vote(s)
  6. None - play bass not keyboard :)

    9 vote(s)
  1. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Please let me know which bass synth you like best. I am tired of my EH Bass microsynth and I am looking for something better (easier to use, no tone suck, wider range of sounds, etc.)
    Please let me know which you prefer.


  2. eeewww who voted for the boss thing
  3. Whoa... I love the way Bass Synth sounds I really dig my EH Bass Micro Synth but the filter section is a bit simple I find it best used after an envelope filter or if you want to go for some real craziness use a ring modulor before it... I've been going back to chaining up effects though rather then using one of them for basic synth sounds; it's the best way to go IMO. I've been digging the Lovetone pedals I recently got a chance to try out the "Flange with No Name" it actually gets synth sounds.

    The Line 6 FM4 is a great tool the growly synth sounds are really cool and almost sound like distortion; very easy to apply when playing with a wailing guitarist. It's synth sound is great and very crazy, the mix knob is very useful and you could get some really cool effects if use a modulation effect like a chorus or flange...

    The Boss SYB-3 is better for guitar infact I think it would be a cool thing to add to my guitar set but it sucks the B string even the E on the bass out like a cheap digital pedal...

    I really recomend the Line 6 FM4 but I also recomend you chain pedals to get synth.
  4. You know if you want to get a dry keyboard bass sounds you could run a high<b>cut</b> filter and gate going into a sub bass synth, in your effects loop... You could use an envelope filter or a phasor with your input signal to get a more wet sound.

    I'll keep posting other chains here.
  5. mwlaurenson

    mwlaurenson Guest

    Feb 5, 2001
    excluding more expensive synths such as the eh microsynth, whats the best bass synth to get? Akai's deep impact looks good.
  6. Well geez KB, you let out the best one. The only bass synth worth considering is w/o a doubt the Korg G5 bass synth. Nine presets 11 waveforms, CV input so you can control the depth w/ a volume pedal.....what more could you want? They sell for around $200 or less used....That Boss thing is a toy. Buy yourself a tool.
    Check it out...
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    axon ax100sb. not only can i know play any synthesizer around via midi, but i also have internal sounds to use as well.
  8. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I'm not sure you can get a G5 new any more???
    I am leaning towards the Deep Impact as it seems to have the most of what I am looking for in a synth and it does have true-bypass and is more user friendly and cheaper :D . My EH Microsynth is just too busy for me and plus it doesn't have the true bypass. It has some cool sounds, but no-saving. I have it for sale in the classifieds if anyone is interested in it.

  9. You find the Korg G5's on Ebay occasionally as well as Harmony Central. I bet if you offered a trade for your EH you might get a nibble? For the same price, the G5 will offer you a whole lot more flexibility than a Deep impact would give you.
    You could maybe stick a DPDT switch in your EH for true bypass, no?
  10. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I thought about the possibility of modifying my EH, but there are other factors about it that are still leading me to sell it: No-saving, the synth sound I get from it is not really the synth sound I am looking for (the smaples of the akai and FM4 that I have heard are more of what I want...but I think the akai has more options as I already have a BassIQ and a wah, so I don't think I need all of the fm4 other filters), the sliders can be a pain to set in the proper locations, and I just don't want to do through the hassle of the modification. I haven't heard the G5. I have looked around for one, but none in the usualy spots (ebay, HC) that I can find right now.
  11. The G5 sounds more like a huge, thick Moog, Arp or keyboard bass than any others I've heard. It can also do that Herbie Hancock "Chameleon" sound as well as many others. I like it for it's preset ability and that you can actually control the effect with a ext. foot pedal if you like, worth the price alone. None of the other boxes can offer you this.
    Here are a few scanned shots of a promo Korg put out w/ some sample settings...
  12. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yup, Native Instruments Reaktor 3.04 :)
  13. Damnit now I want a Korg G5... Grrrr, my GAS is extreme. AHHHHH!!!!!
  14. Duke of Prunes

    Duke of Prunes Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Southborough, MA
    I saw one of those things at Guitar Center a few months ago. I thought it was kinda ugly. If I had known it was so good I would have bought it or at least tried it out.
    I guess I'll have to join everyone else in the quest to find one!
    If I can't, I might look into the Akai SB-1. That looks like a neat pedal.
  15. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    get the Akai.... it looks like you can save several synth settings on it, and can switch through them pretty quick... plus it has true-bypass, and it's only 170$. I can tell you more about it after Xmas, my wife got me one! But I don't get to play with it until I open it...

  16. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    what do you think about the akai after having some time to play with it? I am considering selling my EBS BassIQ to get one. Are the filters good on it? How about the synth sounds? Let me know any info.

  17. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I am still playing around with it, I have to say that I really like it.... The only thing I have to compare it to was a Bass SYB3, and this is so much better... you can set it up with 9 different patches, and control all the parameters in each patch... and I think it really sounds great!

    here is the website, you can download the manual

    Without listening to many of the other synths, I really like the Akai for its sound and all the functions, plus the true bypass!