Best synth basslines of all time?

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by nvbrkr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:24 pm

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jonnyfromspace wrote:Holy mother of God that baseline is INSANE ......................................... :shock:
Not really but the video certainly is batshit crazy...
The bassline itself is pretty basic. The higher sound that accompanies it may give initially the impression that the bassline itself would be some sort of weird s**t on its own right.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by Walter Ego » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:55 pm

chimney chop wrote:
That sounds like a DAF or AND ONE type bassline. If it went up against this, I think it would lose...to be fair, the tempo of this track is slower.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by chimney chop » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:57 pm

nvbrkr wrote:
desmond wrote:
jonnyfromspace wrote:Holy mother of God that baseline is INSANE ......................................... :shock:
Not really but the video certainly is batshit crazy...
The bassline itself is pretty basic. The higher sound that accompanies it may give initially the impression that the bassline itself would be some sort of weird s**t on its own right.

The chick with the metal glove was hot.
basic? so what. you could call Madonna's Like A Virgin, NIN's closer or MJ's Billy Jean basslines basic too.
it's the overall effect that matters. not necessarily how complex a patch or musical phrase.
seems to me people are too suspicious of anything that's new.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by desmond » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:10 pm

monolith wrote:Simple but effective.
Sure.. but "best bassline of all time" to a 16th note?

At least something like Donna Summer's "I feel love" was much more iconic and better done...

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by nvbrkr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:56 pm

chimney chop wrote: basic? so what. you could call Madonna's Like A Virgin, NIN's closer or MJ's Billy Jean basslines basic too.
it's the overall effect that matters. not necessarily how complex a patch or musical phrase.
seems to me people are too suspicious of anything that's new.
I did not say anything negative about the track you've posted earlier and neither will I say anything negative about the songs that you've listed in the above quote (btw, the Michael Jackson song is called "Billie Jean").

I just wouldn't consider the higher sounds involved in those synth lines to be a part of the bass line itself. What's present in the lower register, as the bass, is simpler than the overall impression the full arrangement provides.

Same thing if you would play the piano with the left hand doing some bass figures and the right hand playing the chords and the melody. Like on a composition such as "Watermelon Man" - obviously, not every note of it belongs to the bass.

[youtube][/youtube]

I don't want to be too pedantic, but I really fail to think of those higher notes "as bass". There would be many other examples, but I ended up commenting on yours. The timbre is so different in the higher notes compared to the lower ones in the track you posted that it just stuck out.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by chimney chop » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:22 pm

i see, it's just that the word "basic" has negative connotations.

when you listen to that single bass track it's hard to perceive those high notes as anything other than the bass which...it is. it's in a bass's high register, no two notes play at a time, it's the same instrument and take away either the high notes or low notes and it would sound fragmented.
it's a single bass idea played by the same instrument.

ps: the higher notes are more open because of filter key tracking

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by nvbrkr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:36 pm

I realize my initial comment was not worded properly.

Yeah, I have an idea how the line was done after a second listen. It's been a while since I've listened to any music like that.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by chimney chop » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:57 pm

nvbrkr wrote:I realize my initial comment was not worded properly.

Yeah, I have an idea how the line was done after a second listen. It's been a while since I've listened to any music like that.
ha, no worries.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by VCO8 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:41 am

Micke wrote:
synthparts wrote:Speaking of Faltermeyer... I've always liked the bass on this track -

As far as I know it's a DX-7, possibly layered with some analog synth.
It was most likely layered with the Moog Modular 55.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by VCO8 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:44 am

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StepLogik wrote:Madonna - Like a Virgin (supposedly Prophet-5?)
Probably. Paul Hardcastle used P5 for synth bass on "19", "Rain Forest" and "King Tut"

I always dug the Moog Source bass combined with the Roland strings (VP-330?) and Simmons SDSV on Dolby's "One of our Submarines"
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The strings are from a Solina. I think the bass was from a Multimoog.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by SeventhStar » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:55 am

Micke wrote:I've always loved the meaty bassline in John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 theme:
Micke, I could hang out with you.. You can't get any more beefy and organic sounding than the bass in that theme! The video below has visuals from the movie.



Speaking of Bass, check this one out.. Aphex Twin / Nine Inch Nails mixed with some Saturn 3 Hector Robot stuff, plus Farrah thrown in for good measure.. It is Bass Overload and the Horns are awesome!


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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by VCO8 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:57 am



Probably my favorite bassline (Minimoog)



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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by monolith » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:03 am

desmond wrote:
monolith wrote:Simple but effective.
Sure.. but "best bassline of all time" to a 16th note?

At least something like Donna Summer's "I feel love" was much more iconic and better done...
Does the job for me. It's best 'SYNTH' bassline so my favourite is something unashamedly synthy. It's also just my opinion. My next favourite is 'Too High' by Stevie Wonder, does this upset you too? :lol:

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by Aaron2 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:41 am

Walter Ego wrote:
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I'd never heard of Gesaffelstein before today, but I'm glad I did. Great, great music!

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Post by rschnier » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:22 pm

Aaron2 wrote:I'd never heard of Gesaffelstein before today, but I'm glad I did. Great, great music!
Yeah that was a nice addition. I'm not normally a big fan of videos either but that one was really interesting. I liked the shot where they start out with the closeup of the model and then just keep zooming back, and back, and back....
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