What's this bass tone?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Hambone 70, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Hambone 70

    Hambone 70

    Sep 21, 2012
    Abu Dhabi
    Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now". Love the tone... especially the mini-solo riff at 2:45.

    Is it synth bass? Bass guitar?
  2. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I've always assumed that it's a synth.
  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    That sounds like synth bass. You could approximate that with a fretless and judicious use of EQ, though.
  4. Hambone 70

    Hambone 70

    Sep 21, 2012
    Abu Dhabi
    I couldn't find an online answer, so I took a chance and e-mailed Joe Leeway, from Thompson Twins, who interestingly is now a hypnotherapist and neuro-linguistic programming trainer in California.

    He kindly replied "1981 Oberheim synth"!