Bass guitar

Plug-in aims for perfect bass guitar sound


United plugins announced the availability of QuickBass of Instant audio. Here is their press release with all the details …

Having started their collaborative sound quest last year with Quick AG, an all-in-one acoustic guitar solution compatible with major AAX / AU / VST DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) applications on macOS and Windows as a superlative shortcut to the natural research. Acoustic instrument sounds, Instant Audio’s QuickBass follows (in a similar fashion), although this time around designed to get the perfect bass guitar sound as quickly as possible – as the name suggests.

Needless to say, the bass guitar is often considered the coolest of all instruments – by bassists! But there’s no denying that the bassist needs to anchor everyone – especially since the main function of a bass guitar is to maintain a steady beat, with the bassist working closer to the drummer than the guitarist in a typical rock and pop setup. . Unfortunately, however, it is often one of the most overlooked and underestimated instruments. In the recording world, with a good DI (Direct Input) box put to good use, a finely played bass guitar often sounds as good as it gets, but a little nudge in the right direction here and there can go a long way. the difference between sounding good and sounding good. Getting there, of course, may be easier said than done – even in today’s supposedly fast recording world, where using multiple plug-ins to achieve a goal doesn’t have to be. it just doesn’t make sense as there can be unwanted interactions between plug-ins while their often exaggerated functionality can combine to unnecessarily deplete precious processor (central processing unit) power. In other words: with QuickBass, fast EQ, fast squeeze, fast saturation, and fast fat are all available in no time.

As such, Instant Audio has struck the right balance between speed and versatility with QuickBass by providing the tools necessary to achieve the perfect bass sound in a single plug-in with as few controls as possible, all anchored around a photorealistic graphical user interface (Graphical User Interface) that looks like real hardware – user friendly for bassists – while easily adapting to the different needs of individuals. It is perfectly possible to resize it at any time by simply dragging the arrow at the bottom right positioned accordingly, for example. In many cases, it is enough to press the remarkable style buttons – FINGER, set especially for the style of play with the fingers; SLAP, specially tuned for the slap bass technique; MILLERIZE, offering atypical settings for the slap bass based on the style of a famous player; and PICK, tuned specifically for playing rock with an opening pick – the EQ section will do the job, although there is also a healthy selection of presets available to help users go in the desired direction with minimal interaction involved. . As an effect that adjusts the amplitude of audio signals at particular frequencies, those featured in this EQ section have been chosen to suit the sound of these bass playing styles and techniques, using the following explicit controls: LOW CUT (Hz) – with frequency range settings from 28 to 55 to create crisper bass sounds; BASS (%) – to increase or decrease the bass level in the signal between -100 and +100 (with 0 by default); DESWAMP (%) – to lower the level of ugly frequencies in the lower midrange and upper bass frequencies, ranging from 0 to 100; MIDS (%) – to increase or decrease the midrange level in the signal between -100 and +100 (with 0 by default); HIGHS (%) – adding a treble level to the signal, ranging from 0 to 100; and HI CUT (Hz) – cutting higher frequencies that are superfluous to the bass guitar signal with frequency range settings from 2000 to 9000.

As an effect that alters the dynamics of the incoming signal, compression can go a long way in helping to create great bass guitar sounds, so QuickBass has a switchable COMPRESSOR with an associated COMPRESSION control ranging from 0 to 100 and also offers STYLE control to mix three different types of simulated hardware compression: OPTO – originally done with the audio signal feeding a lighting element (like an LED), which shines on a light-sensitive resistor, the resistor of which informs the compression circuit of how much and how fast to attenuate the audio signal, at the LA2A; VARI MU – as the signal to these tube compressors increases, the actual current sent to their tube’s grid decreases, resulting in a reduction in the overall level, at the 670; and FET (Field Effect Transistor) – capable of extremely fast attack times with lots of color, a la 1176.

Creativity continues with easier-to-use controls, such as those found in the switchable SATURATION section of QuickBass, with the SATURATION control itself going from 0 – a nice and subtle “analog” color – to 100% – – a total chaos and blur – based on the simulated sound of different distortions of saturated electronic elements such as tubes and transistors, while DRY / WET balances the parallel level of the clear and distorted signal between 0 and 100%. Similarly, the SUBBASS control residing in the SUBBASS section adds very low subwoofer frequencies to the bass signal with settings ranging from 0 to 100%, while the control of the same name in the switchable DOUBLER section provides an effect. well known whereby the sound is decorrelated by the initial detuning and the tuning can be modulated further – the modulated signal being mixed with the dry signal with settings between 0 and 100%. Last but not least, the INPUT control adjusts the input gain between -24 and +24 dB (with an associated level meter indicating the volume of the input signal), while the OUTPUT control adjusts the OUTPUT gain between -24 dB. and +24 dB (with an overall output level meter).

As the aptly-named bass guitar sound-perfecting plug-in that deserves its place in Instant Audio’s tool series to instantly help anyone achieve the sound they want, QuickBass has its users covered. Obviously, it’s the ultimate bass polisher and finalizer when speed and ease are key.

Price and availability:
Instant Audio’s QuickBass is available for purchase for a time-limited introductory promotional price of € 29.00 until April 11, 2021 – then rising to € 99.00 – as an AAX compatible audio plug-in , AU and VST directly from United Plugins. A fully functional 15-day trial version for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free.

Note that no iLok, dongle, or Internet access is required for QuickBass activation. (All United Plugins software uses license files for activation, and owners can freely use the purchased software on all of their computers as long as they are the user.)