Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby TomA » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:09 pm

I know little about effects, so I come here for some advice. In all my years of playing, I've only used a compressor and a chorus pedal, and even then only occasionally. I'm playing with a band now that does the Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway." How can I simulate that keyboard bass sound? I used a EH Bassballs at the first gig (with the sensitivity set low) and it just wasn't right. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby nolabass » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:35 pm

I bet outside of the studio environment that will be a tuff thing to replicate every night live. I may be wrong....effects are not my thing.
Doing a search for live cuts it seems they didn't lean too heavily on that synth sound if at all.
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby TomA » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:07 pm

Yeah, I’m not looking to replicate that sound; there’s too much going on. I’d just like to give it a little something different to separate it from the clean sound during the bridge.

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby harleyyy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:16 pm

I can probably get REAL close with my Akai Deep Impact, but an Octave Divider and some Overdrive would get you close to that I think. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

A Phase Shifter, would add the swirl effect.
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby harleyyy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:23 pm

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Freddels » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:54 pm

I'd say a bass synth pedal. I've been looking at the Markbass Bass Synth myself.
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Rhian Batson » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:24 pm

Ya the Akai deep impact would get close IMO but man they are not cheap LOL. Definitely missing the 99.00 MF blowout days [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Gil Escalera » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:34 pm

Ah yes! The mighty Roland SH-101.

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The synth bass that personified the 80's. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif] Good luck in your quest.

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby harleyyy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:42 pm

Gil Escalera wrote: The synth bass that personified the 80's.
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby bigfatbass » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:51 am

digitech bass synth wah, about $80 shipped and cheaper used.

Certainly not the warmth and depth of tone of an akai, but it can get close to what you are looking for with some dialing. There is a learning curve for this one, but with patience and a lot of fine tuning, I got some GREAT full on contemporary R&B tones out of it. It also has a damn decent octaver that can be run alone. I definitely regret selling mine, and it is always on my craig's list search list in the back of my mind.
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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby TomA » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:05 pm

Thanks for all the tips, guys. Very helpful, as always.

bigfatbass wrote:digitech bass synth wah, about $80 shipped and cheaper used.


That works for me. I only need the effect for one song, and that price is right.

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:37 pm

bigfatbass wrote:digitech bass synth wah, about $80 shipped and cheaper used.
• Certainly not the warmth and depth of tone of an akai, but it can get close to what you are looking for with some dialing.
• There is a learning curve for this one, but with patience and a lot of fine tuning, I got some GREAT full on contemporary R&B tones out of it.
• It also has a damn decent octaver that can be run alone.

AGREED! That's the synth pedal I have on my board. Originally bought it strictly for the octaver. I'm gonna try it out tonight and see how close I can get just for the fun of it. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Jerry » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:24 pm

Gil Escalera wrote:Ah yes! The mighty Roland SH-101.

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The synth bass that personified the 80's. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif] Good luck in your quest.

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Re: Getting the "Nights on Broadway" sound

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:25 am

EHX Bass Micro Synth might get you pretty close also. Had one, but needed to flip it to make space on the board.
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