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What worldly sounds can you mimic with your bass ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by F5veByF5ve, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. F5veByF5ve


    Nov 28, 2020
    Engines. Thunderstorms. Lion’s roar. Waves crashing. Glass breaking. Door knock. Voices speaking. Dolphins. Fire crackling. Wind.
    There’s billions upon billions of sounds in the world.
    With or without effects and/or software and interfaces.
    Please mention the sound created and the methods/techniques to achieve it.
    Thank you very much ahead of time !
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Rotting garbage. It's what a get without even trying. :D
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  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Your bass comes with smell-a-vision?
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Nah, I think it's all in the fingers. :D
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  5. Chainsaw, or chainsaw through mud. TS and Fuzz
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  6. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    The singing of whales and the laughter of dolphins, by combining pick scratching (on roundwound strings) with a Wah pedal, a Chorus and a Delay.
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  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    We did a miniature tribute set to Pink Floyd's DSoTM a couple Halloweens ago and I replicated the ticking clock by playing muted with a pick. That was pretty effective. My FI can do a number of other sounds and one of the layered sounds I use, I've described as 'the sound of planets crashing into each other'.
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  8. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    EHX HOG2, octave mode, slider +4 octaves, envelope for slight slow attack= crazy birds.

    Run into some RE-20 Space Echo and it’s madness
  9. A lot of years back Talkbass had a few people build noise tracks for a noise 'album,' and one of mine featured whale song, blades slashing through water, and various submarine pings. EHX HOG featured prominently with some Zoom G2.1u and I think some BassMicrosynth.
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  10. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Leo Kotke's voice...

    (self described by Leo as sounding like geese farting on a muggy day)
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  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I can do a good fart imitation when my battery is on its way out.
  12. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    With a glass slide, I can produce an authentic Wild Ox Moan.:D
  13. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    @steubig is the king of that.


  14. Dr. Keebs

    Dr. Keebs Bassmaster General

    Jan 9, 2016
    Off topic because it's independent of an instrument, but I'm reminded of this video using the EHX RTG and Chase Bliss units:

    Very cool soundscaping. Anywho, carry on.
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  15. Well, if I drag a finger across the strings back and for on my 6 or 8 string it kinda sounds like Pac-Man... :D
  16. I have a clip somewhere that sounds like water. I ran bass-envelope filter-ring mod-envelope filter.
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  17. I can make mine sound like the EKG monitor in the sick bay on Star Trek TOS. I had a drummer who was a huge trekkie. He was tapping his drums and I started making the sound in time with him while pretending to do something else. He was convinced his drums were making the sound. I strung him along for almost three years before he figured out that I was messing with him. "Dude?!! This whole time?". Yep.

    Added: I guess technically that's an off-worldly sound, but I'll take it.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2020
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  18. N4860


    Mar 28, 2017
    I believe that's how RW played it live, no? I've done it too and I'm pretty sure I saw it from RW playing it on the In the Flesh live dvd.
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  19. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I've heard it said that an isolated bass guitar track (due to the extraneous noises that often come along with it) sounds like someone playing a musical instrument, with someone working on a Buick in the background. Through years of extraordinary parctice and disclipline, I can make it sound (uncannily) like he's working on a Porsche.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2020
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  20. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    It's weird. No matter how I try to sound like someone else, every single one of them sounds like a bass guitar, being played by a grumpy, tired old upright bass player. (with a smokin' hot magical girlfriend who lives in a Beam Special bottle)
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