[LAU] Piano and bass

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Wed Dec 5 17:17:48 EST 2007

Miguel M wrote:

> I think that's about as realistic to a real sounding bass as you can
> get.  

It was workable enough for them.

> A midi controlled bass instrument will not give you the same sound as a
> real guitar.  (Hammer Ons, Pull Offs, Mutes, etc)  Of course this
> wouldn't be done for professional audio, but it could be used to have a
> nice practice session.

Definitely. I play keyboards in my church's band, and for a long while 
we didn't have a bassist. So I played bass using the keyboard, using one 
of the keyboard's bass voices. The tone was good enough, you might think 
it was a real bass player who was at the level of knowing the scales and 
a bit of rhythm - but it wasn't anywhere like a real bassist. I love 
playing with real bassists! :-)

The Doors used a keyboard bass in live performances. Ray Manzarek played 
it, using a separate small 1-2 octave keyboard. It sounded fine to me, 
but the Doors didn't do a lot of fancy bass playing.

> On Tue, 2007-12-04 at 14:17 -1000, david wrote:
>> Rob wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 04 December 2007 18:40, Matthias Schönborn wrote:
>>>> Am Dienstag 04 Dezember 2007 21:15:43 schrieb Miguel M:
>>>>> Hmm, if you want a realistic sounding bass I would suggest
>>>>> plugging in your guitar to jack-rack (or some similar effects
>>>>> program) and use a pitch shifter to shift the pitch down by 50%.
>>>> I did that - kids, don't try this at home!
>>>> (Sounds like everything except a bass ;-) )
>>> It can be a pretty cool effect though (same for double speed bass as a 
>>> lead or rhythm instrument.)  Guess I've listened to too much Mike 
>>> Oldfield to be offended by that sort of thing ;)
>> Emerson, Lake and Palmer used to use it live, when Greg Lake needed to 
>> play guitar and bass in the same song. I think they used an analog 
>> frequency divider.

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