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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Micke » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:56 pm

VCO8 wrote:
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synthparts wrote:Speaking of Faltermeyer... I've always liked the bass on this track -

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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.


Faltermeyer did not own a Moog 55 back in the '80s so if that's a stacked bass sound it's probably a combination of DX-7 and Moog 15.
The Moog 15 was (and still is) his favorite synth.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Aaron2 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:31 pm

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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....


Yes, I like that shot, too. This music video was artistically superior to most that we see.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby synthroom » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:30 pm

It's not complicated or bouncy , but I love the bass in Ladytron's "Deep Blue". It takes 45 seconds before it kicks in, but it's nice, filtery, and so full sounding. And youtube recordings just don't to is justice...

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby StepLogik » Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:37 am

Yardbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop The Music

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Synthprophet » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:19 pm

A lot of great ones are mentioned, but I just cannot forget this one:

Laid Back - White Horse

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby shaft9000 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:30 pm

must concur with the last 2, and
i'll add Talking Heads' "girlfriend is better", the outro bassline @ 4:00, fingererer'd by Tina 8-)

dunno why this upload is about a full tone too fast/pitched-up, though.
reference the DVD or CD of 'stop making sense' for the correct feel and tempo
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Aaron2 wrote:
rschnier wrote:
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....


Yes, I like that shot, too. This music video was artistically superior to most that we see.


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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby celebutante » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:01 am

I might've missed it (lots of pages), but did anyone mention Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait"?

Also, I know someone already mentioned Front 242's "Moldavia", but "Gripped By Fear" from the same record (Tyranny For You) is also killer. That's a noteworthy record because it's got DX7 bass all over it, but with crazy velocity>brightness going on unlike any other garden-variety DX bass.

How about Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver"?

Joe Walsh "Life's Been Good"

Beastie Boys "Shake Your Rump" (I have not idea what that is... distorted Mini?)
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby cornutt » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:17 pm

"I Can't Wait"... great choice from the '80s. Two others: Saga, "Time's Up", and The B-52s, "Mesopotamia". I think both of these were done with a Multimoog.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby synthroom » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:39 am

Double post - see below
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby synthroom » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:42 am

I Can't Wait -

Several years ago, I emailed Valerie Day of Nu Shooz (they're a local band for me) about the "Fairlighty" sound that plays the melody in the intro to this song, and she forwarded it to John Smith who wrote the song. He wrote back with a list of all the gear they used - no samplers were listed. I wrote back specifically mentioning the sampled sounds, and he emphatically said they used only the gear he had listed.

I later found the backstory on Wikipedia:
Wikipedia wrote:Nu Shooz originally released the single "I Can't Wait" in Portland in April 1985 on Poolside Records. The original recording was done at Cascade Recording in Portland in the fall of 1984 and was also featured on the band's sparsely distributed second album, Tha's Right, in 1985. "I Can't Wait" was a big hit on Portland radio stations at the time, but they were turned down by every major label. A copy of the song made it to the Netherlands, where it was remixed by Peter Slaghuis. This version is known as the 'Dutch Mix.' The remix came back into the United States as an import on Dutch label Injection Records. It was this version that got the attention of Atlantic Records, which signed the band to a contract in January 1986."
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby cornutt » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:42 am

Something a little different... Synergy, "Phobos and Deimos Go To Mars". Bassline played by Peter Sobel on Russ Hamm's prototype guitar synth. IIRC they had it set up driving a Micromoog.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Z » Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:04 pm

celebutante wrote:Beastie Boys "Shake Your Rump" (I have not idea what that is... distorted Mini?)


Doesn't sound like a Moog since most Moogs only have low-pass filter


Someone else mentioned a guitar synth. Here's a cool bassline played on ARP Avatar by Mike Rutherford:
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby chimney chop » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:56 am

as it starts getting crazy and elastic as the track goes on
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby AnalogKid » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:46 am

The best synth bassline of all time? Well, that isn't subjective, is it.

If you want to be objective, the best synth bassline is the one in this Devo song. The bass carries the entire song. In the verses, there is nothing but synth bass, drums, and vocals.

Good speakers or headphones are a must:


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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby chimney chop » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:24 pm

i don't actually think anything i've posted is THE best.

they're just personal favorites.

there is no "best" but we all know that.

it's just fun pretending there is. :)
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