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Bass Station

Music station that reduces pop to its bare minimum.
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Loud music can be annoying, especially in public places like bars. Certainly, music does serve to fill out the ambiance of a room and it would probably be noticed if your local watering hole was lacking in some tunes. But people crank music in order to carry the vocals over ambient crowd noise. Unless you're there specifically to hear music or dance, this is foolish. I avoid many otherwise wonderful bars because of the loud music. When I hunker down to share a pint with friends, I don't mind loud, but I also don't want to yell over both people and (possibly awful) music to have a decent conversation.

Enter the bass.

The Bass Station would provide all your favorite pop hits, sans everything but the bass. You get the backbone of the song, without the vocals, fills, solos, etc. so you don't have to compete with the jukebox. Bass is omnidirectional, and you can play it moderately loud without interfering with the frequency of a conversation. Also, it is arguable that some of the worst songs have some of the best bass lines. I would enjoy listening to a majority of the crap out there if the unfortunate vocals were usurped.

Simply equalizing down the mix won't do. I don't' want anything mid-range to come through. I don't want the music to sound like some consumer level karaoke boom box that just uses a bandpass filter to eliminate the vocals. I want it to sound good, simple bass lines and maybe a kick drum. This would require going back to the masters and pulling out the bass track, or in cases where the studio cuts were done as a live ensemble, actually re-recording the bass lines in an isolated fashion.

Most people can recognize a song by the bass line, so you'd still have the familiarity of the music. Hell, you could sing along if you wanted to, or make it a contest to see who could identify the bas line. More importantly, you might actually leave a bar with both your hearing and voice intact.

tourist, Nov 15 2005

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       Jah Wobble would undoubtedly be on the play list followed by Mark Stewart and the Mafia.
skinflaps, Nov 15 2005
  

       My theory is that the volume is cranked way up so you have to lean in real close to whoever you're talking to, a sort of socially acceptable way of overcoming our natural shyness. Or else the bar man's deaf.   

       But could we have this in Big Mouth Billy Bass format?
DrCurry, Nov 15 2005
  

       [DrCurry] -- I put it down to a conspiracy by the deaf to force us to learn sign language.   

       Some nice jazz is good for ambience, you know.
Detly, Nov 17 2005
  

       I used to own a Novation BassStation Rack. A truly delicious synthesizer. I also used to use the onboard midi/CV converter to control my Roland SH-09. Strangely, the person I sold mine to ended up independently doing exactly the same - he also has a SH-09.
Ian Tindale, Nov 17 2005
  

       I always rather liked the idea of beginning a synth's name with "Shhh!".
wagster, Nov 17 2005
  

       Plus bass is danceable should inspiration strike. +
Zuzu, Nov 17 2005
  
      
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