80s bass sound?


The bass sound on this track has been used on loads on things, what’s the sound and synth it is from? DX7?

It was on Howard Jones’s What is Love as well I think.



Yes, highly possible DX-7…


Thought it was. I think I see a DX of some sort on the left, middle rung of the keyboard stand.



Sounds like a DX-7 to me, too.



Just found it (should have Googled).

“Another use of the internal factory patch 15 “BASS 1” is on the Howard Jones british top hit “What Is Love” (Track 2). Both bells sounds from the introduction (0’04’’ and 00’14”) are also played with DX7:"


Also famously used on “Take On Me” and “Danger Zone”.


Indeed, that’s how I knew it was a preset :slight_smile:


I think it’s preset 19. At least on the DX7 i have over here.


I’d never imagine that dx7 bass making a comeback. Here’s another example to great effect.


It’s truly amazing. Isn’t it.


Synthwave has brought back many retro sounds that people consider to be “tacky”. Even those 80s sampled drum machines.


i think its a matter of context. The sounds have a lot of ‘time accumulation’ in them. Time=suffering/emotion

These sounds are now connected to much more now than just a piece of technology.

My opinion