“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
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.