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Old 11th September 2008 , 09:57 PM
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Default How to create a drum and bass line sound.

A friend of mine wishes to write some music and could do with something like a drum machine but with the capability of being able to make a programable bass line. I am not familiar with all the latest gadgets, but I was thinking that may be he needs a sequencer to do this.

He has just purchased a Tascam 24 track studio from 247.com and would like to use what ever device will do the job with the studio. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 12th September 2008 , 07:31 AM
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You haven't mentioned what type of music your friend wants to produce.

If you are thinking along the lines of a sequencer/DAW for drums and bass then have a look at something like Reason to start with. It may not be what you're after but then there are lots of DAWs like Cubase, Live, Sonar, Logic, ProTools, Digital Performer, FL Studio etc etc. If you are going that route, I would suggest downloading demos and playing around with them until you find the one you like best.

I'm not sure if there are drum machines which also do bass. Someone else might advise you better.
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Old 12th September 2008 , 09:50 AM
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After some searching and research I have come across the Alesis SR18 which is a drum machine with bass. As far as I can tell you can program a bass line in, I don't know how it compares to other systems. I have come across similar machines by Boss but it looks like you get a lot less for a much higher price.

If anyone out there has used drum machines with what I think is a built in bass sequencer, your opinion would be appreciated.

Thanks Sphelan for your reply, my friend will be using the Tascam 24 track recorder to record on rather than a computer based system. The type of music he will be doing is varied, but mainly along the lines of jass/funk.

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Old 12th September 2008 , 09:58 AM
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The Alesis SR-18 is a solid choice, from a long-standing heritage.

The bass sounds aren't ultra-realistic or anything, but perfectly playable and good for what it sounds like your friend's spec is.

Failing that, you could always go to ebay and simply type 'drum machine' then anything that takes your fancy price wise look up on Vintage Synth Explorer to see if it suits.
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If i am not mistaken the akai mpc series (1000 and later) have built in the ability of making bass lines without using external sampling.
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Thanks Sphelan for your reply, my friend will be using the Tascam 24 track recorder to record on rather than a computer based system. The type of music he will be doing is varied, but mainly along the lines of jass/funk.

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My knowledge base on technical matters is limited but I try to help where I can. Seeing as you had mentioned "sequencer" I presumed you were thinking of adding a computer based system. Sorry!
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If your friend can stretch to it id say something like an MPC500 as you can load up any samples etc and pitch accordingly.
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Old 12th September 2008 , 06:03 PM
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Thanks for all your replies, I will look up the Akai MPC series of machines to see how they compare.

Thanks again for your help.

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Not so much about the 'gadget' to make it, but this tutorial seems to define the drum 'n bass programming and arrangement ethos which may help your friend..

drum n bass in fruity loops
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