Boz Digital Labs has introduced Mono Bass, an effect plug-in that collapses low frequencies to mono.
Having a nice wide stereo spread is great, expect for when we are talking about low frequencies. Mono Bass fixes the wide bass problem by collapsing your low frequencies to mono to prevent that odd, head-turning wide bass issue. Just set your frequency, and everything below that is brought to the center.
Most of the time the effect is quite subtle (or at least it should be if your mix isn’t completely out of wack) but it definitely solidifies the low end and fixes a lot of the awkwardness of extreme panning on headphones.
Just for added measure, BDL added a width knob to the higher frequencies, making a great stereo widener without “weirdifying” the low end.
Mono Bass for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to download at no cost until January 1st, 2014 (regular $25 USD).
More information: Boz Digital Labs / Mono Bass
5Pin Media has announced the release of Deep House Bass, a collection of deep bass sounds by house producer Adam Shaw.
The precise combination of MIDI, Patches and Loops across all major formats, is geared to add that all important prerequisite low down punch!
If the recent Deep Soulful creations from Mia Dora, Dusky, Huxley, Medlar, Cristoph, George Fitzgerald and Deetron inspire you, you are definitely looking in the right department. From Subby Sines, Deep Organs, Hollow Pulses, Warm Creamy Moogs and various Blazing Signature Adam Shaw Basses, you can be rest assured that all sonic angles are covered.
Expect to find 174 Loops in WAV, Apple and REX formats at 120bpm and 123bpm. 117 MIDI files that correlate with the audio loops and 20 Multi-Sample Patches for NNXT, Kontakt 3, Live 8 Sampler, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ formats. There is also a Live8 Project containing some juicy festive season extras.
The sound pack costs £24.95 GBP. Individual parts are also sold separately.
More information: 5Pin Media / Deep House Bass
ADSR Sounds has launched Bass Killer Presets Volume 2, a collection of 50 patches for the Massive synthesizer instrument by Native Instruments.
Bass Killer Vol.2 is definitely a must have if you produce electro house, dubstep or anything hard hitting with a unique drop.
I know it sounds cliche but seriously we are producers and sound designers and our goal is to help other producers and sound designers.
When making this preset pack we looked on beatport top 10 in almost ever genre to come up with almost the exact same bass they had.
We couldn’t fit all the interesting Leads, plucks, pads, FX, and Bass all in the preview so theres way more interesting sounds you will love.
The soundset is available to purchase for $17 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Bass Killer Vol 2
Humanworkshop has announced Foley Bass, a free virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I do one to one tutoring with artists and sound designers via my website. And after the great contribution by Nolan, aka Frequent, a student asked me about using foley in kontakt to create heavy bass sounds. So that’s exactly what we did. With the foley sounds in the pack from Nolan we created a set of patches and I later added a background and selected some parameters for the UI. Coincidentally Nolan has been doing lessons with me also, small world.
Besides the recordings of Nolan I used KSP scripting and built in FX. By adding FX chains in kontakt we can add harmonics. By using the scripting language to detune and set it in a nice legato mode we can end up with lovely sustained bass notes.
Foley Bass is a free download. The original recordings by Frequent are also available to download here.
More information: Humanworkshop / Foley Bass
Delectable Records has released House Bass Session, a sample pack featuring a vast collection of professionally crafted bass loops and samples.
Producers can expect to find Huge Atmospheric Double Bass, ethereal fingered and slapped Electric Bass Lines, Punchy Drum Loops and Earth Shaking One Shot Sounds you’ve never heard before!
Basses were recorded live from 3 different bassists playing an 1820 Italian hand-crafted double bass, a vintage and very rich sound taken up with two custom AKG microphones with FET circuit model Schoeps CMC 5, Electric basses used are Manne XLR 5, even Italian craftsmanship and a Tobias Killer B4. We used 5 different amps, Hughes & Kettner Attax 100 Combo, MB Markbass TA501, Fender Bassman 135, and an incredible and unique Davoli Lied Bass Tube Amplifier 200 crafted in 1967.
Enjoy the wide range of utterly inspiring 24 bit quality audio samples offered by this new collection of accurately tempo and key labeled audio samples, meticulously designed by our Studio crew with professional equipment and custom made DSP routines, for ready-made sound production.
House Bass Session features
- 618 MB content, 24-bit/44.1kHz quality.
- Includes 30 electric bass loops, 30 fingered bass one shots, 28 fingered bass riffs, 35 slapped bass loops, 45 slapped bass one shots, 30 slapped bass riffs, 44 double bass loops, 29 double bass riffs, 78 synth bass loops (weird, sub and classic).
- 128 extra drum and percussion loops.
- Loops at 125 bpm.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £29.95 GBP. Individual parts are also sold separately.
More information: Delectable Records / House Bass Session
Harrison Consoles has announced version 2.4 of Mixbus, featuring numerous fixes, as well as a new addition to Harrison’s XT series for Mixbus: the XT-BC Bass Character plug-in.
The XT-BC Bass Character plugin is an innovative new equalizer from Harrison’s R&D department. It is designed to musically alter the tonality and character of bass instruments such as electric bass, stand-up bass, and synth bass. Unlike a traditional EQ, the XT-BC is “frequency-agile,” meaning that it tracks the pitch of the sound, and applies EQ specifically to the note’s fundamental or overtones.
The XT-BC can be used to beef up a thin recording, subtly change the tonality of an instrument, or attenuate the fundamental of a bloated bass track that is overshadowing other instruments in the low end of a mix.
Mixbus is available to purchase for $149 USD. A “subscription” is available for $49 USD, plus a recurring fee of $9 USD per month. The subscription provides ongoing benefits (including at least 50% off new plug-ins) and fosters continued development for Mixbus and the Ardour open-source workstation platform.
The XT-BC Bass Character plug-in is available to purchase for $109 USD. Mixbus subscribers received this plug-in for free.
More information: Harrison Consoles / Mixbus
The GrooveBits online sample portal has announced the release of Deep Bass House Producer, a collection of 100% royalty-free samples & loops for dance music producers.
Deep Bass House Producer features a refreshing blend of the underground vibes of Bass House with the silky and smoother sounds of Deep House and includes Full Drums, Top Loops, Bass, Pads, Synth, Leads, Chords, FX, Vocals, 100′s of One-Shots & more!
With nearly 1.000 samples and loops Deep Bass House Producer is available in WAV, REX and AIFF format.
The sample pack is available to purchase for 19.95 EUR.
More information: GrooveBits / Deep Bass House Producer
ADSR Sounds has launched Bass Science, a video course by Dr Hobo in which you can learn how to make dubstep growls, wobs and drops in Native Instruments Massive.
This bumper patch and tutorial package is most certainly NOT for the faint hearted! Every patch is designed with those heavy growling drops and wobs in mind. Fired up with the very hardest of dubstep bass in the style of Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Zed’s Dead, Kill the Noise, Ajapai and more, Bass Science’s 75 pure dubstep patches are all locked, loaded and ready to go with the full 8 macros, allowing you to create hundreds of different sounds from each patch with just a few minor adjustments.
With over 2 hours of video tutorials showing you how to get the very best out of each patch, 7 brand new and innovative techniques for creating the darkest drops and wobs around, and extensive video tutoring on external effects processing, frequency splitting, chaining, and midi modulation, Bass Science makes an essential contribution to both your musical arsenal and your theoretical knowledge.
The course is available to purchase for $37 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Bass Science