Tag Archives: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

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Sound Chaser

Hello everyone, although I’m still busier than usual with my professional activities, I managed to make this new video to celebrate Chris’ 70th Birthday. I hope you enjoy it, and celebrate together the music of our hero!

Thank you to all of those who have written me and shown me your support during these last times!

 

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Magnification

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC

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Long Distance Runaround

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: T-RackS

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→T-RackS

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Machine Messiah (HD Remaster)

Around six years ago I was experimenting with video effects and recorded this cover of Machine Messiah. Since then, YouTube’s audio and video compression capabilities improved a lot so I figured that this one could be sort of remastered both sonic and visually. As I had the green screen behind me, and although the lighting put a big shadow on it, I decided to make some different video effects, not as flashy as the first version. Most of all, I hope now the sound is better and you enjoy this cover of one of my favourite Yes compositions and basslines!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings: Warwick Red Strings (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: Amplitube 3 – T-RackS CS Vintage Compressor 670

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→T-RackS

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Rhythm Of Love

Throughout this Holiday season, I recorded this very special bass cover of “Rhythm Of Love”.

As you may know, the album Big Generator (1987) was yet another challenge for Chris Squire, as he used a 5-string bass for all of the songs. Yet Chris made several alterations regarding the tuning. On this track (and others, including “I’m Running“) the tuning was AEADG.

The bass tone, as Chris demonstrated on his Starlicks video interview, becomes really low and powerful. The album mix doesn’t put the bass at the forefront like in many of Yes’ previous albums. I did struggle to understand the notes played, especially in the aforementioned lower register. I like to think that this is a good example of Chris designing an apparently more conventional bassline, with elements of soul music that was one of his big early influences. Yet, one can spot many of those details, variations or simply the sheer bass playing expression which makes it sound unique, like only Chris Squire knows.

For the video illustration I was generally inspired by the original video clip, which is, for me, one of the best that Yes has made. Then I took a little help from my friend Milton Trajano, by borrowing his great artwork and adapted it, with lots of improvisation, to the several moments of the song. Thank you, Milton!

As a final fortunate coincidence, we recently celebrated both Tony Kaye and Trevor Rabin’s birthdays so this is for Tony and Trevor as well!

Bass:  1992 Warwick Thumb Bass 5-string

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel) and Warwick Red Strings (135, stainless steel) Tuned to low A. I especially boiled this string to regain some brightness.

Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC

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Astral Traveller (HD remaster)

Here is a remastered version of my early cover of Astral Traveller. The previous version had some very primitive video effects with the story of the Portuguese Flag, which I just removed this time. The bass was significantly boosted and a bit processed with some compression. I hope it’s more audible now, considering  YouTube’s more recent HD encoding should also help to make a better sounding video.

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: Amplitube 3 – Ampeg B-15R, T-RackS CS Vintage Compressor 670

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→Amplitube→T-RackS

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Can’t Fight This Feeling

And now for something completely different… It’s… one of my ever favourite basslines, played by REO Speedwagon’s Bruce Hall.

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A Venture (HD remaster with bonus track)

I recovered one of my first covers from 2008, “A Venture” from “The Yes Album”. Little I knew back then that in fact the bass that Chris Squire used for this song was his white Fender Telecaster and not the usual Rickenbacker!

I did a Yes Album cover “spoof” with me in the empty chair, with a little big help from my friend Milton Trajano.

Then I added a take I had recorded on the previous day, where I missed a few notes in the end.

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Turn Of The Century

Turn Of The Century – Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Yessongs of all, and again, with one of the most fascinating basslines by Chris Squire. Many peculiarities about it as well. Chris played a Gibson Triumph bass, which is a short scale bass. The tone is quite different from the usual, more discrete and less aggressive. However, it allowed Chris to play the higher registers a lot, due to the large number of frets, going to a high F sharp. I asked my good friend Américo Silva at Music Light for one of his basses which had that range and I chose his beautiful blue Alembic Essence. The tone of the bass is wonderful and I really couldn’t seem to achieve the same “middy” timbre of the Triumph bass. Doing a lot of EQ would rather spoil the Alembic’s tone, so I opted to let the bass speak by itself. The bassline is, again, exquisite – not a single note is played with less care than the other, and often seems to leave the main chord tones, to derive as a counter melody, sometimes beautifully dissonant. In addition, the bass pedals work bring even more drama – as Chris plays also some very bold passages with scales provoking chord inversions, suspensions and yet more dissonance. I listened to several bootlegs and footage of the 1976 sessions to try to compute how the bass pedal line could be played, as the album version is almost criminally undermixed on the pedals (as it happened on some other Yes albums such as Tormato). In fact, I believe that there are more bass pedal passages on the song but the ones I played were the ones I thought had the best chance to be right. Let’s hope that more new formats of mixes will come out, as it seems to be a trend nowadays, and they this part of Chris Squire’s work will come to the surface so we finally get to hear more of his treasures!

Bass: Alembic Essence

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC

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Five Percent For Nothing

My happy birthday to Bill Bruford!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC