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Do I need to invest in bass sounds or better learn to use what I got?

Ran Dumb Dots...... .. .
permalink   Mon, Jun 5, 2006 @ 12:12 PM

My primary app is FL. I typically use samples, FL Studio Boo Bass, FL Studi0 Slayer, or FL Studio Sytrus presets for bass parts, and I rarely get the sound I want. What I’m looking for is something that sounds “right” pretty much out of the box (little tweaking/processing required), and I generally just need the usual variety of electric bass sounds.
Question for people more experienced: Will it make a big difference to invest in something like Slayer2 or (probably more likely) do I just need to learn how to use what I already have better (i.e. learn more compression, EQ, filter, etc. techniques). One thing I haven’t looked into too much is soundfonts - is that a good way to go for bass? Right now, I can get some OK sounds, but they somehow lack the richness I hear on other people’s tracks. Thanks….. .. .
Luke Tripp
permalink   Wed, Jun 14, 2006 @ 3:51 PM
I’m with teru on the most frequently bass I use. Definetly the FL Hip-hop Bass selections. Sometimes I’ll go with a Soundfount in combination with FL, but it’s mostly just FL.
permalink   Ran Dumb Dots...... .. . Sun, Jun 25, 2006 @ 3:28 AM
Hey Luke…sorry I didn’t reply before…Thx for the advice - I’m still comparing all of the above suggestions - I like the FL sounds you guys recommended (I had mainly used boo bass before), and I also found some some good bass soundfonts. One free vst sound module I found at kvr that I really like for good “plug and play” sounds is Plugsound Free - I think it’s a great set of sounds, including a couple usable basses….. .. .
Ran Dumb Dots...... .. .
permalink   Tue, Jun 6, 2006 @ 1:56 AM
thanks…I checked out a couple soundfonts tonight, and I’m really liking the quality - I think I heard once they don’t sound as good as “real” sample instruments, but they sound pretty damn good to me - I have a feeling I’m going to be mining the sf2 sites (which seem to be a little flaky - at least the ones I’ve found - but bless them for serving up the goods)…and teru, thx for sharing your bass sound “secrets” :) - I’ll check out those sounds out for sure….. .. .
permalink   Mon, Jun 5, 2006 @ 11:58 PM
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My 2c.(as always)

I still like the FL stock bass sounds.

I use the FL HIP bass from the Hip-Hop drum pack A LOT. Sometimes the STR_Prick_d#1 from the Strings pack, mostly for rock type stuff. Slayer fretless for anything electronic or techno-ish.

I hardly ever use BooBass or Sytrus(only because I’m lazy).

The one thing I miss is a good wood bass or acoustic bass. Victor has used some really nice ones in the past. He’s the master of soundfonts. Especially anything with strings.
permalink   Mon, Jun 5, 2006 @ 1:36 PM
I am a HUGE fan of sound fonts and highly recommend investigating that angle. I think the sf player is now part of basic FL install so start browsing the web for bass fonts — there are some great ones out there.