Funky Fingers

A 1970's funk tone from a Vantage bass

The story

Funky Fingers is a bass guitar signal chain that I have used several times to get a 1970’s funk tone. The bass itself is an old Vantage instrument with passive pickups. The model is unknown, but I presume it is a 1980’s vintage, and of Japanese origin. It was a birthday gift from my parents while I was in high school, and was second hand at the time.

The recording chain consisted of a Universal Audio 4-710d preamp (dialled some tube distortion and compression), several layered console/DI box saturation plugins, an Ampeg emulation, and a Vari-Mu compressor plugin. The sound is pretty toasted, and in my mind, ready to go without much further processing (for this style anyways).

The lower registers have 5 layers of round-robin, while the upper octaves have only 2 to 3. There are release triggers, at a pretty low level. These are round-robin as well in the Logic Sampler version, but I couldn’t figure out how to program this in DecentSampler. There is some pretty buzz on some of the higher samples, but I thought it added charm and authenticity.

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  • Great classic bass tone

    Yeah, I like this bass sound a lot - very simple to use, plays well, sounds great, add a little processing, and you wouldn't know it's a sample. The only teeny problem is this: I love the "pluck" sound when you hit notes at higher velocities a real thing that happens on a real bass, but sometimes that "pluck" shows up at lower velocities and sounds out of place.

    Dimaension X01 November 2021
  • A good one

    I particularly like how it sounds in the lowest octave, which is naturally the frequency range where you would play a bass most of the time. Very round and warm sound, without getting too boomy. In the second octave sounds a bit weak in comparision, this may be due to the used FX chain, that is more intended for letting the bass shine in the bottom octave. There are some artefacts of playing particularly in the top velocity layer on some notes B1 for example, but unless you are going for a totally clean sound, they may actually add to the realism.

    Synthiemental29 October 2021
  • Great option for those who dont play

    This is honestly a really good substitute for a bass guitar for those who dont play bass. It sounds really good in the lower octaves. Out the box its very clean so you could always saturate it, eq, compress or whatever you want. I agree with what someone above me said about how the pluck shows up in some of the lower velocity samples which sounds out of place. If your just looking to kind of follow the root notes of the chords in your song and not do anything too complex this could be a really good option. For me personally, even though im not great at bass, i have one for the occasion i want bass guitar in a track. Slides are such a crucial part of bass playing in genres i like i would never really use this. But again i still think its a great option

    septemberwalk01 November 2021
  • Solid Bass

    With three velocity layers and five round robins, this bass is really usable. It's very playable and the editing of the samples is good. It would provide solid underpinnings in a rock track, and seems to have the golden combination of a great instrument that was well played, well recorded and well programmed. Great work!

    Sam Ecoff24 October 2021
  • Good sounding bass

    For being free, this is a very good instrument. It may need a little bit of noise reduction at the end of some samples, but you can only hear those imperfections if you play a sample for a long time, which usually will not happen when you play this kind of funk/rock bass.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG27 October 2021
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