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#87362 - 04/11/08 12:59 PM How do I patch a bass guitar to a keyboard?

I am looking for a way to patch my bass into a keyboard so that as I play the bass there is an accompanying string sound playing simultaneously. Is this possible? What do I need? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

#87363 - 04/11/08 04:54 PM Re: How do I patch a bass guitar to a keyboard?
TheSonicEnergyAuthority Offline

Registered: 07/14/00
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Loc: Peterborough,Cambridgeshire,UK
Not easy...
1) MIDI pick-up? I think Roland did one years ago, but being a bass there is more 'lag' as the electronics work out the note played.
I know they still do MIDI guitar systems, but I don't know if they do Bass versions.
2) Pitch-to-MIDI converter. Only really work if the part played is a single note.
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#87364 - 04/12/08 03:46 AM Re: How do I patch a bass guitar to a keyboard?
Nigel Offline

Registered: 06/01/98
Posts: 6108
Loc: Ventura CA USA
Yes but not exactly cheap to do. Roland make the GK3B pickup for bass ( see ) but you also need the GI-20 GK -> MIDI interface ( ) that converts the signal from the GK pickup to MIDI that can then be sent to a module or keyboard. The advantage of the GK pickups is that lag is not a problem.

As for pitch -> MIDI devices they are limited ( like the previous message said ) to a single note which is probably not so bad for bass, but they do suffer badly from lag that makes them hard to use with normal playing.

The GK pickup is really the only practical option but does come at a high price. That is what pro players use to trigger MIDI devices from guitars.

[This message has been edited by Nigel (edited 04-12-2008).]

#87365 - 04/12/08 06:48 PM Re: How do I patch a bass guitar to a keyboard?
Uncle Dave Offline
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Peavey makes a midi bass, and it's actually a nice instrument. Look at the auction sites and scour the want ads !
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