Saturday, May 10, 2014
VIRTUAL BASS! a guide for dummies (with Free Vst instruments inside)
Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to talk about Bass!
If we're mixing at home, or just recording a simple pre-production of a song, sometimes may happen that we don't have a bass player available, or a bass at hand, therefore we need to find a replacement.
In these situations a virtual instrument such a Bass Vsti may come in handy, and some of them are already so good that it's almost impossible to distinguish them from a real one, if well programmed.
The selection of Vsti that we suggest you today all works the same way: we should load them in the Vst Instruments pool of our Daw, create a Midi track with the Vsti in the output slot, and then we just start editing the piano roll, first dialing the notes and their lenght, and then adjusting the velocity to make them sound a bit more natural.
Obviously the more expensive and professional ones have much more controls to dial in exactly the sound we need, and sometimes they replace the bass even in some commercial album.
These samples comes usually already mixed, it's quite hard to find the acoustic sounds of a DI Bass, anyway these tracks can also be mixed as an acoustic bass, distorted or manipulated with relative ease (click here for an article about How to Mix a Rock / Metal Bass).
Click Here for an article about the best Guitar VST Instruments!
Here's a selection of the best Vsti basses on the market, including the one that is probably the most used, Spectrasonic Trilian.
If you are a lover of the open source software, instead, here are four interesting free Vsti Bass plugins to try:
- 4Front Bass: a very good and simple bass Vsti
- Samsara Cycle Om Bass 2: a versatile rock bass Vsti
- Dsk Bass: a lightweight bass Vsti with presets
- Evm Bassline: a wavesample based Bass Synth
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