TB303 mods / deeper cutoff & ocs. add
The Roland TB-303 Bass Line is a bass synthesizer with built-in sequencer manufactured by the Roland corporation from late 1981 to 1984 that had a defining role in the development of contemporary electronic music.
The TB-303 (short for “Transistorized Bass”) was originally marketed to guitarists for bass accompaniment while practising alone. Production lasted approximately 18 months, resulting in only 10,000 units. It was not until the mid- to late-1980s that DJs and electronic musicians in Chicago found a use for the machine in the context of the newly developing house music genre.
In the late ’80s and early 90′s, as new Acid styles emerged, the TB-303 was often overdriven, producing a harsher or acid-like sound. Examples of this technique include Charanjit Singh’s 1982 Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, Phuture’s 1987 “Acid Tracks” (sometimes known as “Acid Trax”), Hardfloor’s 1992 EP “Acperience” and Interlect 3000′s 1993 EP “Volcano”.
The well-known “acid” sound is typically produced by playing a repeating note pattern on the TB-303, while altering the filter’s cutoff frequency, resonance, and envelope modulation. The TB-303′s accent control modifies a note’s volume, filter resonance, and envelope modulation, allowing further variations in timbre. A distortion effect, either by using a guitar effects pedal or overdriving the input of an audio mixer, is commonly used to give the TB-303 a denser, noisier timbre—as the resulting sound is much richer in harmonics.
The head designer of the TB-303, Tadao Kikumoto, was also responsible for leading design of the TR-909 drum machine. In 2011, The Guardian listed the 1981 release of the TB-303 as one of the 50 key events in the history of dance music
More info below:
From “Cosmosis Bass Secrets”
a workshop specifically on creating Psy trance bass sounds – contains pdfs, VSTi bass patches and instructional videos. More info here: www.cosmosis.co.uk
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Prime Loops have released Synth Bass Analogy, a collection of 80 analogue bass sounds formatted for Kontakt, Halion, NN-XT and EXS24. Here’s what they have to say about it…
For adding pure organic soul and sonic temperament to electronic music, there’s nothing better than analogue synths. Producers dream of owning classic kit like the Roland Juno 106, Roland MKS-30, Korg Mono/Poly, Polyvox and Novation’s Super Bass Station, and engineers spend years tweaking the settings to create perfect, powerful vibrations.
Dmitry Vasilyev is one of those sonic freaks who has dedicated his musical life to discovering new sounds by pushing real hardware to the limit. As the producer of best selling Prime Loops sample packs such as “Synth Addict”, “Ambient Illusions” amongst others, he’s making his vast knowledge and huge range of equipment available to a wider audience, giving fellow producers the tools they need to get that authentic analogue vibe without a huge, expensive rack.
“Synth Bass Analogy” is Prime Loops’ latest collection of professional sample patches, delivering over 80 deep and versatile analogue bass sounds, all ready-formatted for Kontakt, Halion, NN-XT and EXS24, fine-tuned for use in deep and groovy electronica, house, ambient, garage, disco and minimal techno.
Each of these patches contains several note references to maintain integrity as you play across a wide pitch range, and Dmitry has set it all up to drift and detune just like the real thing. Everything has been captured with high-quality recording equipment and the cleanest signal path possible, to give you serious samples suitable for professional projects. And, as with all our products, this pack is triple quality-checked for drag-n-drop reliability, so there’s no interruption to your workflow.
Music lovers always appreciate the complex combination of sines, squares and saws flowing through real hardware, and analogue synths really shine when you give them a bassline, triggering deep, warm sounds that fill the room and add colour to your productions. So, whenever the mood strikes, just throw these lovingly prepared patches into your sampler, and hear your midi patterns come alive with the classic sounds of “Synth Bass Analogy”.
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Stereoklang has uploaded another 120Mb of Reason Refills, thins time featuring everything from KORG, ARPs, Night Club beats, synth basses and more
Make sure to check’em out, they are all free to download
Spectralhead Audio has released SilverBox, a VST instrument plug-in for Windows based on Roland’s legendary TB-303. Finally someone who honors the old vintage legends . Just a pitty its only available on Windows – shape up guys.
- Authentic monophonic analog bassline emulation
- Easy-to-use interface
- Oscillator with saw/square waveforms
- 18 dB/oct. analog modeled multimode filter, lowpass/highpass/bandpass modes
- Sequencer with piano roll, accent & slide
- Variable pattern length (1-16)
- Advanced randomize functions
- 16x oversampled distortion with minimum aliasing (soft, hard clipping, soft foldback, hard foldback)
- Optimized DSP code using SIMD instructions
- Customizable MIDI CC automation
What the manufacturers claim:
At the beginning of the 80s, a new bass synth appeared on the market. Aimed at bass-guitarists, it featured an in-built sequencer with slides and accents. Only about a decade later did it become one of the most popular instruments in certain styles of acid, techno, house and trance music. Since that, numerous copies and software and hardware emulations have been born, which all try to grasp the character of this wonderful synth. We did our best to reincarnate this instrument as an authentic-sounding, convenient and easy-to-use VSTi plugin. Countless hours were spent on analysis and measurements, with the goal of making the most-authentic sounding emulation. As a result of the research, SilverBox was born, 25 years after the creation of the machine.