The other day I was playing my BassVI through various pedals on my pedalboard. Most of them are DIY-Kits, that I have built myself and since my soldering skills are mediocre at best, the status-LED on most pedals does not work properly. So at some point I couldn’t really tell, which pedal was on and which was not. I recorded into the iPad and routed the signal through the fabulous Dedalus-App by Amazing Noises (amazingnoises.com), a ‚real-time-audio mangler‘, that is really a complex delay-filter-distortion-feedback-wonderland.
After I had finished playing, I found that the combination of pedals and Dedalus were still producing some strangely fascinating tones, that resonated at a distinct pitch. Since Dedalus has a ‚pitch-mode’, that lets you alter the resonating pitch chromatically, I proceeded to sample the whole thing. The BassVI acted mainly as ‚noise generator‘, with an occasional pluck or hit or twang on the strings to reinforce the resonation.
I programmed the instrument in Kontakt in ‚Mellotron mode‘, i.e. w/out looping. The samples will just run out after some time. But they are rather long, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
Have fun with it!
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A bass sound you can depend on
I don’t know about you but even though I have an extensive range of bass sounds to choose from, I never know how well they’re going to fit into my project until I’ve tried them out. Dedalus VI has a lovely roundness to it and with some judicious adjustment of velocity and register, I achieved some very satisfying results. I added a few plugins to the bass track on my demo (Scheps Omni Channel, NUGEN Audio’s Monofilter4 and the Plugin Alliance bx_subfilter) and found there were no points at which the bottom-end unexpectedly disappeared or was swallowed by the other instruments, as can so often be the case. Nice work, Björn.