MATRIXSYNTH: Control Synthesis - Deep Bass Nine

Friday, January 25, 2019

Control Synthesis - Deep Bass Nine


via this auction

"The Deep Bass Nine was commissioned (circa 1994) by UK-based second-hand retailer FX Music Control as an alternative analog mono-bass-synth to satiate the demand for the Roland TB-303. Yes, this is another TB-303 clone. It's very simple and straightforward with basic controls that mirror those found on the TB-303. While it does not actually do a particularly good job at emulating the TB-303 sound, it is still a true analog MIDI-controlled bass synth with plenty of thumpin' bass potential of its own.

The DB9 is a single-unit rack module with all ten of its knobs on the front panel. There are no hidden menus. Just like the TB-303, the DB9's single oscillator offers two waveforms to choose from - a sawtooth or square wave. That is followed by the 303-cloned Tuning, filter Cut Off Frequency and Resonance, Env Mod, Decay and Accent knobs. Additionally you can set the DB9 to one of the 16 standard MIDI channels, and you can set it to use its external audio input instead of the oscillator allowing you to process external audio through its analog filter (inputs and outputs are mono).

This unit is tested and all functions performed as expected. Considering its age (1994), it's in very good shape (see photos). There are some scratches and blemishes here and there from sliding into and out of a rack, but otherwise the body and frame are free of dents and dings."

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