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#1 NoirBass

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:20 AM

I have a hankering for synth bass. I've tried just about every pedal going and have come to the conclusion that I'm better off buying a dedicated synth keyboard and just playing that.
Problem is I'm not sure what I need, it's a whole different world.
Initially I'm only going to need it for a few covers; Human League, Depeche Mode, and a couple of slightly more modern pop songs, but ultimately would like to branch out and use it more.

Things I'm thinking about are:
Novation Bass station 2
Novation Mini Nova
Microkorg XL
Moog Minitaur

Can anyone with any knowledge of the above or other products chip in to steer me in the right direction.

Edited by NoirBass, 08 April 2017 - 10:29 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:21 AM

If you don't mind mini keys it's worth having a look at some of the Arturia stuff.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:45 AM

Also the Dave Smith mopho keyboard..
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Posted 08 April 2017 - 03:23 PM

Those both look really good, unfortunately that just expands the possibilities and leaves me even more unsure 😐.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:54 PM

I have been thinking the same. The Bass station looks awesome.
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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:43 AM

View PostNoirBass, on 08 April 2017 - 03:23 PM, said:

Those both look really good, unfortunately that just expands the possibilities and leaves me even more unsure ��.

Will you want to play more than one note at the same time?

as that can thin the selection down...

Edited by bartelby, 09 April 2017 - 07:44 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:48 AM

 bartelby, on 09 April 2017 - 07:43 AM, said:



Will you want to play more than one note at the same time?

I don't think so, a monosynth would be fine. I have an old roland module that I could use if I need polyphonic stuff. I'd like a dedicated bass synth. 🎹

as that can thin the selection down...

Annoyingly posted in the wrong place on my IPhone.

Edited by NoirBass, 09 April 2017 - 09:49 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:52 AM

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

View PostNoirBass, on 09 April 2017 - 09:48 AM, said:

I don't think so, a monosynth would be fine. I have an old roland module that I could use if I need polyphonic stuff. I'd like a dedicated bass synth. ��

In that case the world is your oyster.

I've got an Arturia MiniBrute that I'm very impressed with.

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 01:59 PM

I think I'll be following in your footsteps at some point Noir, and at the moment the Bass Station 2 is top of my list with an Ultranova in a close second place. My toss-up at the moment is mono vs. poly, which is a bigger deal for me as I won't have another synth to take poly duties...
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Posted 09 April 2017 - 05:55 PM

I think the bass station 2 is my favourite so far. The price, analogue engine and ability to store presets seem to be the perfect combo. Just need to try one out.

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Posted Today, 11:39 AM

Ah good subject,
i am writing songs for a funk band and its nice to get some of them fat synth bass sounds on some tracks.
we are just releasing a new track with such a synth bass sound, and have been through the mill of trying
various sounds without spending too much cash, so have synth pedals by boss and tc and have old rack synth gear by novation, korg,
And the best thing i have found is..... do your own.
the best thing i have to do this which is a fantastic bit of kit is a AKAI Z4 sampler, the last one and best one that was ever made
the Z4 or Z8
check them out
These ones also have dedicated pc software to make editing a doddle and is still free from akai called akai sys
http://akaipro.com/p...ct/z4#downloads
Akai have all them moog and big fat bass sounds anyway, but you can very easy sample bass sounds you like and add other bass sounds to it making them even fatter, the whole world is open to you with this.
you can get them on ebay now and again, and i would say worth every penny for another 1000 other reasons.
Just a quick check on ebay i found this just sold for £140 ! less than the price of a synth pedal....... its a no brainer.
that ALOT of potential for 140 and still with great backup from AKAI
http://www.ebay.co.u...0IAAOSw~CFY5jp9

In terms of what else this can also do i would say it will be the best 140 you will ever spend,

loads of stuff on youtube

Edited by funkgod, Today, 11:53 AM.


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Posted Today, 11:57 AM

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