I saw you guys play last, your feet were moving a lot during the
show. Moog Taurus pedals, or do you just like to dance?
I feel that 13/8 groove happening, I just can't help myself. Actually,
I do have synth pedals, but they're not the Moogs. I use Elka
18-note foot pedal controllers wired, via midi, into a number of
synths, depending on the situation, which include a Roland
JV-1010, with the Vocal Collection Expansion board, a Kurzweil K2VX, a Kawai K-5m and the more
recent upgrade unit, the K5000, Yamaha TG-33 and Korg M3r. Most often I use the 1010, K2VX and the
didn't know you were also playing keyboards-- when did that start?
any synth coming from me during our live shows is going to be originating
either from my feet, or else from my various bass synth modules.
I don't actually play any keyboards, except on our recordings, where
I perform a lot of the keyboard parts. I might end up having to
perform keyboards during our shows, but I hope not - that's what
the bass synth is supposed to be for.
do you mean by Bass Synth?
My 8-string Conklin basses
are wired with the RMC Piezo/Synth output.
Along with having the availability of Piezo pickups in my sound,
I also have the ability to play the top 6 strings of my 8-string
Conklins through various synth modules, via the 13-pin Roland standard.
I am going to use an Axon AX-100 for the live performance of many
of the Synth parts on our cds, using both it's internal sounds,
and the Roland JV-1010 as a sound source as well.
I have already talked
to Bill Conklin, and I am planning on getting both necks of the
doubleneck 7-string Conklin bass, as
well as both of my original single neck 7-string
Conklin basses refitted with the RMC Piezo/Synth system. I am
also planning on incorporating a Roland VG-8 or VG-88 into my bass
rig in the near future - I have played my bass through Hal's, and
I really like the response and flexibility.
this mean the end of Bass as we know it for you?
Hell no! I just like the diversity of sounds available via bass
synth. I envision a (near) future where every "Bass" sound
I make will actually be layers of amplified magnetic and piezo pickups
along with synthesized sounds from the synth brains and the VG-8.
Actually, this will probably be the state of my rig by October,
2000. That's the plan, anyway. Right now, all that I am waiting
for is Bill Conklin's schedule to lighten up enough so that he can
install the piezo/synth bridges in my basses.
Turner on Bass
Synthesizers and Bass Synth
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