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Old 2010-01-23, 09:08
Purpleb Purpleb is offline
 
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How to get 80s bass synth sound?

How do you get that 80s bass synth sound?

It seems to be in a lot of 80s songs. It sounds like it is a very busy bass part. Really synthy sound but drives the whole song. I am not talking about the Blue Monday octave jumping sound.

Is it 16th notes? 8th notes? arpeggios? i don't really have good ears to pick up the intervals or notes being used. Is it an effect of the actual musician playing certain style or notes?

Here are some examples:

Depeche Mode Enjoy The Silence (bass starts immediately)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAN9sKlOZxE

New Order Bizarre Love Triangle (not the actual bass players bass, the synth bass) (this one sounds little like jumping octaves) (starts at 2-3 secs in)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWBX_xP5y8

For some reason I cannot think of any other examples, and there are soooo many. Hopefully someone knows what i am talking about
Thanks
 

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