Synth to replace Fender Rhodes Piano Bass

Discussion in 'General Keyboard Discussion' started by Henry Cobb, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Henry Cobb

    Henry Cobb

    Jul 8, 2016
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    Hello everyone.

    I'm a keyboard player in a band, and I need a keyboard I can play with my left hand to cover basslines. Basically, I'm looking to be a bit more like Ray Manzarek from the Doors.

    A Fender Rhodes Piano bass would be ideal, but they are unbelievably expensive ($4500~).
    So I guess my question is this:

    Is there any sort of synth that can make sounds similar to either a bass guitar or a Fender Rhodes Bass?
    If so, what synth would be the best at doing this?

    I really don't want it to sound synth-y at all, I'd just like some pure bass tones.

    Thank you in advance to any and all who answer my question!
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016
    Henry Cobb, Jul 8, 2016
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  2. Henry Cobb

    SeaGtGruff I meant to play that note! Moderator

    Jun 6, 2014
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    Most any portable ROMpler keyboard should have plenty of bass sounds to choose from-- acoustic bass guitar, electric bass guitar, upright bass, synth bass, etc.

    As far as synths, there are several smaller synths (octave-wise) that might be good for this, but I've no experience with any of them and so can't recommend any specific ones.

    Another alternative might be to get a small MIDI keyboard controller and use it with a laptop running virtual instruments.
    SeaGtGruff, Jul 9, 2016
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