Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Audible sounds below 90 Hz and extending downward to the lowest frequencies humans can hear, typically 20 Hz.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The deepest pedal stop, or the lowest tones of an organ; the fundamental or ground bass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In organ-building, a pedal stop resembling either the open or the stopped diapason, and of 16- or 32-feet tone. Also called subbourdon.

Etymologies

sub- +‎ bass (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Musical director Matt Robertson, meanwhile, orchestrates digitals and unleashes penetrating sub-bass, while eight giant flat-screen TVs play out themed visual accompaniments to each track.

    Björk: Biophilia – review

  • You think of two guys with studio tans putting together disgusting, deep dark synth and sub-bass.

    Radio head: MistaJam and Zane Lowe, 1Xtra

  • Yet SBTRKT's use of space rather than sub-bass shows he at least understands what was so special about early dubstep.

    Tim Jonze's On shuffle: dubstep

  • SPL used modeling programs to anticipate sound absorption by the crowd and tacked on an additional channel of sub-bass frequency to the MediaMatrix system to help fill out the theatre.

    Star Trek Fan Film To Boldly Go Where No Man Can Go Anymore? | Fan Cinema Today

  • Though he came over as the London-borne prince of dubstep, a club sound known for refracted rhythms and sculpted sub-bass frequencies, Mr. Blake has softened up and slowed down on stage, adapting to a new kind of digital singer-songwriter mode.

    The Pop Scene: Running Down a Dubstep Dream

  • It's not a simple matter of preferring the songs with tunes – Story to Be Told is as disorientating and uncommercial as anything here, but there's a bracing vitality about its atonal vocal samples and sub-bass frequencies entirely absent from, say, Teqkilla's enervating din.

    MIA: Maya | CD Review

  • If making post-grime dance music worked for MCs like Dizzee Rascal, it looks set to lead to a payday for three men surely deafened by service to sub-bass.

    Top 10 albums of the autumn

  • Tracks such as Mr Oizo's "Flat Beat", meanwhile, introduced whumping sub-bass into chart discourse in 1999.

    Tinchy Stryder; Magnetic Man – review

  • The sub-bass reconfigures everything around it, and the effect is both hypnotic and obscurely threatening.

    Magnetic Man ? review

  • It is only fitting that Trentemøller would team up with Bug and the label, as his sound is minimal, yet funky and dark, heavy with menacing synths, and deep, deep sub-bass, yet always melodic and pretty in the same songs.

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