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Nobody said session work was a walk in the park. Four years back, when bassist Lawrence Insula began working with British pop phenomenon Rita Ora, he found himself pushed outside his comfort zone. “I’d always played electric bass,” he tells us, “but I needed to learn synthesis, because a lot of the songs I was playing had synth bass, and I was asked to recreate the sounds on the record. R.I.P was probably the biggest challenge for me…”
Fortunately, as Lawrence reveals in this exclusive video tutorial, bringing Roland’s JD-XA crossover synth into his rig has helped the session man roll with the demands of the gig. First off, you’ll hear about how he moved from electric bass to synth bass, plus pro advice on how to make the JD-XA “become like an extension of what you do on your main instrument”.
Next, Lawrence drills deep into the features of the Roland JD-XA, demonstrating how he splits oscillators, conjures up white noise and creates groundbreaking tones with this crossover synth’s dedicated analogue and digital engines. As well as revealing how he nails R.I.P live, he also walks you through the simple process of creating a fresh bass sound in real-time. “There are absolutely endless possibilities,” he says. “You can just stack them up…”