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Old 11-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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Bass guitar plugin

Hey guys

I don't own a really good bass amp which I can mic up or DI, so I was wondering what do you think it's the best bass plugin/VST. I want it to fit well with high gain guitar tones, heavy metal/metalcore/post hardcore stuff. I have a crappy old bass which I've had EMG's put in, so I'm wondering what the next step from here is.

I have everything else sorted, I'm looking for something cheap/free but if a plugin has a free trial and is really good I'll gladly buy it. Needs to work with Reaper.

Any ideas where to look? I have no clue on bass plugins.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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Give TSE BOD a shot, can be found here: http://www.theserinaexperiment.net/website/software.htm

Do you know how to use impulses? If so you could also try SHB-1 (found here http://www.igniteamps.com/audio-plug-ins) with some free bass impulse (this for example).
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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bass doesnt always need an amp sim or whatever. depending on what you are doing, compression and some EQ might be all it needs. if i do use anything more than that, its typically the tse bod mentioned above. you can do a lot with just compression and EQ though.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Give TSE BOD a shot, can be found here: http://www.theserinaexperiment.net/website/software.htm

Do you know how to use impulses? If so you could also try SHB-1 (found here http://www.igniteamps.com/audio-plug-ins) with some free bass impulse (this for example).


I have heard of impulses but Im unaware of what they are/how they work?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:41 PM   #5
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bass doesnt always need an amp sim or whatever. depending on what you are doing, compression and some EQ might be all it needs. if i do use anything more than that, its typically the tse bod mentioned above. you can do a lot with just compression and EQ though.


Pretty much this. Run it through an LA-2A clone & EQ to taste.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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Pretty much this. Run it through an LA-2A clone & EQ to taste.


Thirded. I always just plug my bass directly into the board.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:07 PM   #7
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Ampeg SVX is killer if you're after those classic ampeg sounds and are willing to spend a bit ($99). However, as everyone has said, it's really easy to just record and process a DI. TSE BOD is also awesome if your DI doesn't sound how you'd like it to.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:27 PM   #8
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Can't remember where I got it (think it was from the Sneap forum on Ultimate Metal) but I have some impulse responses for bass somewhere, will upload it if anyone wants it?

Edit: I have IR's of the following...

Ampeg SVT, Ampeg SVT 8x10, Eden 4x10 & an SWR 15"

I quite like using the SVT and the 15" on bass DI's.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:33 PM   #9
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All I ever run is BOD -> EQ -> compression.

BOD mainly for distortion. Sometimes I throw in fuzz before BOD then use BOD to boost bass freqs back up.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:23 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for the help, think I'll just have a try at plugging it straight in and just using some eq and compression, never tried it with bass (generally use to recording acoustics and vocals).

I'll also give BOD a try
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