AJScott
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Join date: Nov 2010
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#1
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.
jof1029
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Join date: Nov 2003
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#3
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.
lockwolf
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Join date: Jun 2007
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#5
Quote by jof1029
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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Odirunn
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Join date: Jun 2008
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#7
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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DisarmGoliath
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Join date: Dec 2008
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#8
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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FireHawk
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Join date: Jan 2006
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#9
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.
AJScott
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Join date: Nov 2010
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#10
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