The digital music specialists claim to have produced the first physically modeled electric bass virtual instrument for Mac and PC
Digital music production brand, IK Multimedia has announced the release of MODO BASS – a virtual instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it’s played, in real time. The software utilises modal synthesis technology to model each string as a nonlinear resonator as well as the action of the player.
MODO BASS contains a collection of 12 physically modelled electric basses, where the details of each instrument have been analysed and modelled to capture their sonic character; the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components, the original onboard electronics and controls. There are also 20 bass pickups that can be interchanged and their physical location under the strings moved freely.
Once the bass has been selected, players choose from three playing styles – pluck, slap or pick – and control their parameters as well as how they influence the sound. It’s also possible to choose the number of strings, their construction type and material (round or flat wound), the gauge and age, plus the physical action height. With the MIDI Control section, adjustments can be made to the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing.
Lastly, it’s possible control the post-instrument signal path, with seven bass stomp boxes – Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ – and two classic bass amplifiers: an all-tube amplifier and 1×15 cab, or a solid-state model with a 4×10 cab.
MODO BASS works as a 64-bit plug-in or standalone instrument for Mac or PC and is available now at $/€299.99 (approx. £235). For more information, please visit: modobass.com