For those that use a bass guitar for their low end, what bass specifically are you rocking with?
Word to Dilla....
I haven't used a bass guitar in soo long. I'm liking the Scarbee stuff from what I heard on the demo. I often just chop up bass guitar licks, loop point them joints if I have to, multisample, round robin. I got a gang of bass guitar loops.
Next week I might quit B.S and get this.
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They got some great Kontakt stuff for the low. lol!
Yea Im just getting into live bass. I have the MM Bass that comes with Komplete, but the Jay Bass is the nicest. I think there is a unit for turning your guitar into a controller from Roland , think its a GK3. But Im loving this 4 string bass live. It feels right. I like my bass sounds though, In Reason I use the Basslegends series faithfully.
I use a range of instruments
- American Fender Squier P Bass ca. 1988
- Squier Bullet Bass (like the p-bass, but with a shorter scale and lipstick type pick-up)
No-name 24 fret J-Bass
- No-name home-made fretless from a fretted bass (21 frets only)
- No-name headless fretless 24 fret scale fingerboard
- No-name acoustic bass guitar with piezo-pickup in the bridge (under the saddle)
I'd love to get a Gibson EB bass as well as the SG bass. I'd also dearly love to get a good Rickenbacher or copy, but know that they are very hard to find.
If I ever get the chance, I will snap up the original Fender Pre-CBS 1962 6 string basses - they had three pickups, a tremolo arm and were a great instrument to play to boot. I lost the chance to pick one up for AU$600 (US$527 at the time) in 1980 by 2 days (needed to negotiate with my dad, as I was still a teen back then; we reached agreement too late )
- how to play - both left and right hand technique,
- what is possible to play - notes, chords, harmonics, chords, and
- also knowing how to eq the instrument before it hits the recording medium
is a big part of getting a great sound
I prefer the cleanest tone possible which can only be a Fender Jazz. The key to producing any great sounding low end bass tone lies in amplification. Fortunately for bass players solid-state amps are suitable for producing that clean tone, so you don't need to crank the shit out of an all tube amp to get that sweet tone guitarists look for.
In other words, invest in a good preamp before you get a new bass assuming you have Mexican made. Toss that Squier shit out the window. The Avalon U5 is industry standard and $500. If you got $200 you can get a Tech 21 Sansamp, also industry standard, but very sensitive to high gain or "hot" pickups, active vs. passive, etc.
If this doesn't help describe me the tone you seek and I'll tell you how you can best replicate it.
I have a Hohner B2A which I use with a Yamaha THR10 amp and I'm very happy. Not really a bass player, I use it to get conspicuous tones out of. Looking at a Shin-ei Fuzz Wah pedal to go with this.
Field Precision Bass
What i use depends on the sound the client is out after. The Steinberger L2 and XL2 basses never disappoint. They can be more Fender than Fender as well as produce a character that is all their own. I also play a lot of electric upright. This instrument can be far more expressive than synth bass and still fill up as much sonic space as a synth. Being able to offer electric upright gets me a lot of work. If you'd be interested in a bass lesson or two, please check out my gig on Fiverr at: fiverr.com/trkkazulu/give-you-a-video-bass-lesson
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