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Bad Bad Lead

(15 customer reviews)

Original price was: €3.00.Current price is: €1.50. plus VAT

Valve-based lead. More pain, more gain…


“Bad Bad Bass and Bad Bad Lead are full of valve oscillator samples. The main differences between the two synths are the source waveforms – low and aggressive or high and snarly… their primary oscillators are backed up by an additional, filthy, sine wave. In the shape of Drift, Drive, Distortion and Compression you also get Rhythmic Robot’s familiar tools for gaining attention. This little collection scores highly for its raw valve tones and for its simplicity” – Sound on Sound magazine

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This is the unpleasant inbred cousin of Bad Bad Bass: two vicious valve-generated oscillators drawn from Tubes & Wires, hand-picked for their upper frequency bite and snarling aggression. (We are not responsible for your tweeters…) The main oscillator is a distorted sawtooth, which can be blended with or replaced by an up-tuned sine – again distorted and much grungier than a standard sine. You can use them individually: the saw is rich and buzzy, while the sine is thicker than usual and has overtones which it really shouldn’t have. Or you can mix them up, at which point they’ll sometime frequency-beat against each other for strange pulsing effects. From sharp and nasty to smooth and slippery, there are leads here for everyone.

The effects block covers compression, tube drive, full-on distortion, and extra oscillator drift (try mixing high doses of Drift with the Glide control for some wonky-pitched analogue insanity!). Switch things to Mono for a trad lead sound, or keep things polyphonic and maybe use a high-pass filter for whistly pads or soundscape-like textures. When the high frequencies are where you want to go, Bad Bad Lead will take you there. Just be sure it doesn’t slip some roofies in your drink along the way.

(All our Kontakt instruments require a full copy of Native Instruments Kontakt v4.2.3 or higher (including all versions of Kontakt 5). Kontakt Player is not supported: instruments will load, but will time out after 15 minutes. See the FAQ for further information.)

15 reviews for Bad Bad Lead

  1. dannyhearnmusic (verified owner)

    The presets don’t do this justice; they sound good straight out of the box, but with minimal tweaking you can get some pretty gnarly yet melodic sounds out of it. Great tube sound to it, very raw

  2. d_Vincent_b (verified owner)

    Great cutting lead sounds for next to nothing, an absolute bargain.
    Very analog sounding, but with a bit more filth than your usual synth. Also does great “in your face” bass sounds.

  3. alacantec4 (verified owner)

    Amazing value and Fantastic tones. and a lovely bargain. 5 Stars!

  4. steflinux (verified owner)

    Nothing so original, but tweaking the GUI brings sometimes good surprises.

  5. (verified owner)

    NIce and crunchy lead tones.

  6. Poesque (verified owner)

    Take me to your lead bass.

  7. mrianrjohnson (verified owner)

    Bought this with Bad Bass and Mini Jupe. Will I use it on its own….not sure. Will I use it stacked along with the Jupe and Bass….? Oh yes….

  8. DON Chaffer (verified owner)

    Bad Bad Great! Love this. It’s another simple but usually what you want RR instrument.

  9. Stefano (verified owner)

    Some solid leads for a very low price!

  10. joe (verified owner)

    This plugin is great and is a wonderful Lead that works perfectly with Kontakt!

  11. Tom (verified owner)

    Bad Bad Bass & Bad Bad Lead
    Don’t Do It! Professor & Mongo, Don’t retire Bad Bad Bass & Bad Bad Lead forever! I saw your recent notice that they are going away but are on sale for a Ridiculous Price (for which I am very grateful, Thank You). So what did I have to lose? I grabbed both of them and loaded them up together to layer their sounds. The BBB & BBL GUIs are very similar, each with a Main Oscillator Voice and a second mixable Sine Voice. I turned up all the voices to full then bumped up the Drift, Drive & Distortion controls and played around with the Filters…. Whoa! The net effect was a Big Fat Screaming Four Voice Synth! The price for both instruments together is much less than that of a cup of coffee or tea! The beverage will be gone in five minutes, but you can keep these beasts forever! They are not only Bad Bad, They Are Bad-Ass!….

    • The Professor

      Good news for lovers of the Bad Bads… we listened, and we’re not retiring them after all. They’re being bunged in Mongo’s Cupboard with their prices dropped to £3, and there they’ll stay. There was just too much love for these ugly little guys to put them out to pasture 😀

  12. Alex (verified owner)

    Just Bought This !! Cool n Quirky LoFi Synth ,, They say this little one maybe taken away late in the night so buy soon before its too late!!!
    – Dont let them take my baby.. Please put it back (in Mongos Cupboard) LOL

  13. james (verified owner)

    Bought it and love it!

  14. james (verified owner)

    my friend has this and i had to have it too!

  15. einar (verified owner)

    These leads will make your tracks come to life. Very warm and gritty.

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