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What's you favorite source for Bass sounds?
Old 31st December 2012
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What's you favorite source for Bass sounds?

Hi,

I'm currently building a template based environment in Logic to have an easier and faster access to my favorite sounds when starting out on a new project.

Today I have just realized that I'm always having a hard time finding the "right" bass sound for my beats.


I don't have the slightest problem when it comes to strings, keys, leads, guitars or what ever...but bass seems always to be a problem because I don't seem to like anything out of any equipment I own.

Most of the time they are just too electronic or too synth based or have all kinds of disturbing effects applied to them.



I'm doing all kind of styles but I caught myself almost always looking for a good, clean, Hip Hop sounding bass sound a la Dr. Dre 2001.

Therefor I would like your personal recommendation. It doesn't matter to me if it's from a workstation or a plugin...just tell me which preset/ stocksounds/ libraries you like and maybe I'll get a clue.

I mean there must be a solid "good to go" bass sound out there right?
Old 31st December 2012
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I like the DCAM Strobe for bass... has a really solid sound.

Either that, or my Yamaha BB400.
Old 31st December 2012
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If i recall correctly 2001 was all live bass played by Mike Elizondo.
Old 31st December 2012
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GarageBand bass presets all day more real sounding than Trilian IMO
Old 31st December 2012
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alxi View Post
If i recall correctly 2001 was all live bass played by Mike Elizondo.
Correct.. Mike also played the Moog bass on a lot of records....... I love NI Massive or Logic's stock bass presets for bass
Old 31st December 2012
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trilogy one stop shop for bass

someone said the bass sounds have noise and hiss but i think it sounds great

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Old 31st December 2012
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Check out Trillian. it has probably every bass preset you will ever want.
Old 31st December 2012
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I make my own using Massive.
Old 1st January 2013
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Check out the fretless bass presets in logic. To me, that deep round tone you get with a fretless is perfect for hip-hop. It is the case though, that a good bass player recorded live will almost always sound better!
Old 1st January 2013
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I've been more into synths for bass lately. Mini Moog V, Zeta, lately Diva.
Old 7th January 2013
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Check out the fretless bass presets in logic. To me, that deep round tone you get with a fretless is perfect for hip-hop. It is the case though, that a good bass player recorded live will almost always sound better!
Agree

Well, not every beat needs live bass, or bass at all. But I think good live bass will make a track more unique.

You can also sample an open bass note from a record too.
Old 7th January 2013
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Studio Electronics SE-1, sometimes layered with bass patches from the Roland XV3080.
Old 8th January 2013
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Get a bass guitar. Try to use it in your beats in some way every day, even if you cant play. Be it sampling 1 note or whatever, and I bet in a few months you'll be able to play a 2 bar bassline, which is really all you need for hip hop with looping, editing, etc.
Old 8th January 2013
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Listen to Jesse.
That's good advice.
I started doing that way back in '92 with my MPC60 and now I pride myself in my bass skills. Well, that is 20 years of practice.

Also. The Vienna Symphonic Bass Pizzicato sounds damn nice.
Great low end when doubled with the kick.

And more off-Logic-plugin-topic:
Dave Smith Mono Evolver has all kinds of good stuff.

EQ'ing and filtering the **** out of a regular acoustic guitar can be fun too.
Old 8th January 2013
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I really like to find isolated basses on records,whether a long sustained note or a short stab,throw some low pass on and scale them out over the pads...if not that a filtered baseline.if you're into live basses,u can get any kind you would want via sampling.
Old 18th January 2013
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Quote:
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If i recall correctly 2001 was all live bass played by Mike Elizondo.
There is no patch or preset that sounds like a real bass player.

If you are trying to go for the 2001 sound, you need to find a bassist to work with.
Old 18th January 2013
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Yep, I've seen so many plug-ins trying to emulate a bass sound via keyboards but it does not work. Or then it has so weird control-centric modes so it's easier to just learn to play a bass.

Or then use loops.

PS: I do work as a substitute bass player - it's a nice way to get money for fun gear in the studio.
Old 18th January 2013
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If you really want to have great deep bass sound use analog synth samples into a sampler or a analog synth to create nice low bass.
Old 18th January 2013
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Sine Wave, Square Wave, Saw Wave...
Old 18th January 2013
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Trillian and your finished forever
Old 18th January 2013
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I have trillian but I find myself using trilogy more often. I guess the sounds in Trilogy are nice and simple, the way I like it for hip hop. Doing any other type of genre then I use Trillian for sure.
Old 18th January 2013
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Yep, I've seen so many plug-ins trying to emulate a bass sound via keyboards but it does not work. Or then it has so weird control-centric modes so it's easier to just learn to play a bass.

Or then use loops.

PS: I do work as a substitute bass player - it's a nice way to get money for fun gear in the studio.
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Old 18th January 2013
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Moog The Source.
Old 20th January 2013
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Reason's stock Subtractor patches are great for hip hop.
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