MATRIXSYNTH: Making Synth Bass Sounds w/ Janek Gwizdala

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Making Synth Bass Sounds w/ Janek Gwizdala

video by Perfect Circuit

"While we are endlessly fascinated with the ever-expanding world of synthesizers, in reality there are many paths towards the same or similar sonic destinations. A good subtractive synthesizer is certainly a great tool for generating raucous tones capable of cracking paint on the walls, however you can easily achieve similar results by using an instrument like electric bass paired with a well-selected assortment of effects pedals. This is exactly the theme of this video where masterful bass player Janek Gwizdala demonstrates his approach for crafting rich-in-flavor synthetic tones with his trusted instrument and a moderately-sized pedalboard.

Originally from the UK, Janek is a Los Angeles based musician, composer, and producer. He also has his own vastly popular YouTube vlog where he offers his insights into everything music, and shares his passion for music technology. Having played with an impressive number of high caliber jazz musicians ranging from Mike Stern to Pat Metheny, Janek possesses a wealth of experience, and creative wisdom making it difficult to imagine a better candidate for this demonstration. Sit back, and enjoy the funk!

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00:00 - Jam
01:40 - Intro
02:02 - Bass Octave Pedal
02:40 - Adding a Sample Rate Reducer
03:20 - Using a Filter w/ Expression Pedal
04:41 - Gated Fuzz
06:04 - Muting Techniques
07:29 - Using a Preamp to Create Synth Bass
09:20 - Best Place to Play on the Neck of the Bass
10:13 - Using a Harmonizer
10:57 - Janek's Momentary Reverb Technique
11:46 - Using a Delay at the End of Your Signal Chain
13:10 - Outro"

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