Techno Bass Porn

Industrial Radio BassThe first time I heard of the new Industrial Radio bass and the MIDI sensors in the fretwire of its neck, I thought “Didn’t they already try this with the Peavey MIDI- and Cyberbass?” So it makes sense that the person behind said new bass is behind those two previous models. However, this model features some additional sensors and promises latency on par with some synthesizer keyboards. I’m not sure the DX7 is the best model to choose, but less than 12ms latency isn’t bad. I’ll be interested in seeing how that stacks up against the MIDI pickup on my Jazz bass. The pickup is far less expensive than the $4000 price tag for the Industrial Radio bass, and for that price, the bass needs to play well in addition to providing an accurate MIDI signal. If it can provide everything it promises, though, it might even be worth it. At the least, it’d be a fun (if expensive) toy to have in your stable.

Speaking of fun and expensive, the seemingly annual bass meet-up at Fionn McCool’s in Fishers turned out well, and the instruments present seemed to outnumber the participants by about 5 to 1. It was great to get my hands on some lovely boutique models and give them a test drive. Plus, it’s always great to hang out with some other bassists and talk shop. I noticed most of the players were gravitating towards the smaller amps (MarkBass was quite well represented), and some Mesa and Epifani gear performed quite well, too. It seems we might be outgrowing our place at the bar (and getting a little noisy, to boot), but all signs point to another event next year.

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