[PD] simulating bass guitar with muscle sounds

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Tue Sep 11 18:50:47 CEST 2012

I'd like to know if there's any method around to emulate the sound of bass
I'm aware of a couple of examples by Andy Farnell for kind of acoustic bass
But can't find more specific examples.

I don't want to make a bass synth, rather would like to understand the
methods by which an electric bass sound can be emulated.
The goal would be, then, to process muscle sounds captured by the Xth Sense
so to loosely "sound like" a bass.

The muscle sound is between 2-45Hz, but pitch shifting (both tape and
single side modulation) don't work well (at least alone) in this sense.

I'm starting from
- fast attack (punch)
- precise pitch (difficult to achieve 'cause muscle sound is a sum of
inharmonic partials)
- notes triggering (this is possible with finger tracking in the Xth Sense,
a bit dirty, but it works)

Marco Donnarumma
New Media + Sonic Arts Practitioner, Performer, Teacher, Director.
Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction Research Team.
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London
Portfolio: http://marcodonnarumma.com
Research: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com
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