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Big Fish BASiS Bass Virtual Instrument Software

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Become master of the low end with the BASiS virtual instrument from Big Fish Audio. Featuring a comprehensively sampled collection of electric, upright, fretless, and synth basses, BASiS offers incredible attention to detail in the depth and breadth of bass samples: 24-bit sampling, DI, and amp blending control, multiple velocity layers, seamless h...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Become master of the low end with the BASiS virtual instrument from Big Fish Audio. Featuring a comprehensively sampled collection of electric, upright, fretless, and synth basses, BASiS offers incredible attention to detail in the depth and breadth of bass samples: 24-bit sampling, DI, and amp blending control, multiple velocity layers, seamless humanizing, custom legato and vibrato tools, release layers, harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, slaps, rakes, falls, and more.

BASiS software includes a diverse sample collection of basses”7 gigabytes' worth”in one virtual instrument: classics like the Jazz Bass, P-Bass, Rickenbacker, and Musicman basses are presented alongside personality and genre traits such as a classic Motown bass, a gospel bass, Jaco's Fretless, and Macca's Hofner. One upright bass and three slap basses are also included. In the synth bass category, more than a hundred patches are provided, ranging from thumping vintage synth basses to techno basses, as well as esoteric, fresh creations for spicing up your tracks. Each virtual instrument has been meticulously mastered and programmed for maximum musicality when placed in a mix.

All electric basses have been sampled from both a direct input (DI) and amped perspective. A knob on the interface allows phase-aligned blending of the two, or the selection of one or the other. For the upright bass, the same knob allows mixing of the direct input and a phase-aligned tube mic output capture of the same sessions. Other onscreen controls allow pitch bend range adjustment, pick noise and fret noise controls, release layer controls, adjustable velocity curve, and instant and detailed control over EQ. A comprehensive selection of effects is included, including an octaver, compression, saturation, lo-fi, distortion, limiter, phaser, flanger, chorus, reverb, and delay.

Performance features include an innovative legato tool designed for true finger-smooth playing, and a customizable vibrato engine with control over vibrato types, speeds, and depths. Rather than opting for traditional LFO-based vibrato, BASiS uses a sophisticated character vibrato modeled after real bass players, completely controllable from the keyboard and onscreen interface. Randomized pick noises, release samples, and fret noises add to the realism of each instrument.

BASiS is powered by the popular KONTAKT Player 2 engine, offering total integration into all major sequencers via its AudioUnit, VST, and RTAS plug-ins, as well as standalone operation. It also works perfectly within both KONTAKT 2 and KOTAKT 3.

BASiS includes an impressive number of features and custom engines designed specifically for this library tailored to the unique characteristics of the basses.

Amp/DI Control
Each electric bass includes an Amp/DI balance knob, allowing full blending control between phase-accurate samples of the direct bass signal and an amped recording of the same take. The user can turn the knob to output 100% of one or the other, or blend the two seamlessly, resulting in a vast amount of tonal variety to help the bass fit into any mix. For convenience, the knob can also be controlled via external MIDI continuous controllers. A similar control is available in the upright bass, but it blends the direct signal with a miced signal.

Realism Engines
A number of custom engines are designed to contribute to the realism of the sound. A breakthrough intelligent legato mode allows for real finger legato playing, and the engine automatically responds to the playing style to interpret a realistic legato. Adjustable pick noise, fret noise, and finger releases (the sound of the finger lifting off the string at the end of each note played) help recreate the basses with complete authenticity. A Humanize engine further extends the realism by introducing slight variations in each note played, avoiding the dreaded machine-gun effect. Fret noise is added, not by a random routine, but by an artificial intelligence engine that watches for where the player is moving on the virtual fretboard.

Modes and articulations
An onscreen display gives real-time information on the currently selected articulations, playing mode (polyphonic, monophonic, and legato), and release layers. Varying articulations were recorded for each bass, including long notes, harmonics, mutes, slides, slaps, pulloffs, falls, releases, noises, and more. Both traditional keyswitching and forced keyswitching (hold down the keyswitch trigger to affect the note(s) currently being played but return to the previous mode as soon as the keyswitch trigger is released) have been designed for maximum ease of use, and all are displayed on the onscreen display in real time. The end result is that BASiS is able to interpret any style of incoming MIDI playing and render a completely realistic bass part with a minimum of manual-reading.

Character Vibrato
Full vibrato control, painstakingly modeled after vibrato made by real bass players, is available, including seven different characters of vibrato.

Dynamic Response
An adjustable velocity curve allows for fine-tuning of the dynamic response of the basses.

A full suite of effects is included in BASiS, including a custom-written Octaver, and full EQ controls. Each of these effects offers a full page of tweakable settings that can be adjusted.

Remote Control
Every parameter in the onscreen BASiS engine (including its subpages) can be controlled remotely via MIDI continuous controllers (CC's), and can be adjusted in real time.


Bass sounds:
Electric Basses
Jazz Bass Back Pickup
Jazz Bass Full Tone
Jazz Bass Picked
Macca's Hofner
Precision Bass

Fretlesses and Upright
Fretless Hollow Tone
Fretless Jaco
Upright Slap Basses
Jazz Bass Back Pickup Slap
Jazz Bass Full Tone Slap
Musicman Slap

Synth Basses
Anonymous Punch
Clarity of Thought
Classico Robusto
Close It
Comedic Boingk
Flanged Feed
In Yo Face
Landing Site
Old Skool Key
Packs a Punch
Red Rover
Rev Up
Super Saver
Tacet B
Buzzy Not Blue
Buzzy Sawyer
Doinky Dork
Don't Use Teeth
Earthy Major Pad
Engine Freeze
Foaming Teeth
Fright Night
Icy Cold
Razor Blade
Sniveling Snickering
Wise Guy
Analog Warp
Beyond Debate
Ham Radio Bass
Kold Rumbl
Latent Anger
Monstra Trucka
Mosquito Tostada
Pit Stop
Road Rage
Tree Swing
Wiry Haired Dome
Narrow and Thin
Bitta Fuzz
Breathy Stars
Duck Duck
Evasive Action
Faux Piano
In the Air
Job Perks
Lazy Beach
Nasal Buzz
Razor Sharp
Rich Dirty Square
Santa Barbara
Snake in Wait
Time Travel
Underwater Cloud
Warpz2 Mode
Windy City
Big Bloat
Classic Power
Ground Round Sound
Mixed and Muxed
Muffled Fuzz
On the DL
Oval Tines
Plastic Wrap
Rabid Anti
Solid Rock
Subtle Shift
Sunny Happy People
Sweet Sugar Wide
Talking Book
Warp Factor 10
Witness Protection
Pure Waves
Pure Rectangle
Pure Saw and Square
Pure Saw and Tri
Pure Saw
Pure Sine and Saw
Pure Sine and Square
Pure Sine and Tri
Pure Sine
Pure Square and Saw
Pure Tri-Rect-Saw
Analog Dreamz
Brite Buzz
Chunky Requests
Eight Bit Wonder
Faux Concerto
Half a Wurl Away
Heavy Video Game
Ju Know
Men in Lack
Retro Life
Simple McSimpleton
Smoov Schweet
Snow Flurry
Stay Low
Sugar Momma
Sweeping Bat
Toy Junky
Video Game Mania
Warm Enveloping
Double Shot
Electric Shock
Hushed Mute
Rougher Up
Stabba Jamma
Talky Wah
Talky Wah Two
AU, Cubase, Digital Performer, DXi2, GarageBand, KONTAKT, Logic, Mac, Nuendo, PC, ProTools, RTAS, VSTi
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I love it!

By BluesGroove

from Minneapolis, MN

I was going to buy a new bass for recording in my home studio, but then I listened to some samples of this software on the Big Fish Audio website. After a long deliberation I went with the Basis software. I have not regretted it for a second! Not only are the bass samples realistic, they're fantastic!. I open up the AU plug-in in Logic Studio 8 and play the bass line via midi keyboard. I am highly impressed. I have been a musician for 30 years, but have had virtually no experience playing midi instruments. This software is easy to learn and the sounds are great. I highly recommend it.

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