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Old September 11th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Faking bass?

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I don't have a bass guitar of my own. And I would really like to add bass to my recordings at home.. How can I achieve the most realistic bass sound with a guitar?
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Old September 11th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you can try pitch-shifting down by 2 octaves, but it isn't going to sound all that "real"
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Old September 11th, 2007, 07:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can try pitch-shifting down by 2 octaves, but it isn't going to sound all that "real"
Why two octaves? A normal bass guitar is tuned just one octave below a guitar.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup, I usually play the bass lines with a guitar, pitch shift it down by an octave and run the DI'd signal to Ampeg SVX. Never had much luck with any of them virtual bassists or synths.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 08:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yup, I usually play the bass lines with a guitar, pitch shift it down by an octave and run the DI'd signal to Ampeg SVX. Never had much luck with any of them virtual bassists or synths.
Also, you dont have to pitch shift it, SVX has a stomp optional octave pedal, just fiddle with that gives you a "pitch shifted" effect without having to commit, lol...
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Old September 18th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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might as well just pick up a bass - even if it's some junker short scale $50 thing. it's a nice break from guitar, and you'll wind up with more of an appreciation for bass guitar and you won't be so apt to bury in the mix or have it masked by the "normal" guitars as just a barely audible rumble in the background like so many metal heads like to do. would you do "fake" 6 strings?

having said that - I have asked the same question in the past, so I'm not some holier than thou type.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 12:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I use quantum leap hardcore bass and am pretty happy with the results but a new bass might be cheaper :-\
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