Needless to say, the bass guitar is often considered to be the coolest of all instruments (by bassists…)
Instant Audio has helpfully found the sweet spot 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 GUI (Graphical User Interface) that looks like real — bassist-friendly — hardware while easily adapting to the varying needs of individuals. It is perfectly possible to resize it at any time by simply dragging the bottom-right corner positioned arrow accordingly, for instance. In many cases, simply pressing the standout style buttons — FINGER, tuned especially for finger-playing style; SLAP, tuned especially for slap bass technique; MILLERIZE, offering untypical settings for slap bass based on a famous player’s style; and PICK, tuned especially for rock playing with a pick — in the EQ section will be enough to get the job done, though there are also a healthy selection of presets available to help users get going in their desired direction with minimal interaction involved. As an effect that adjusts the amplitude of audio signals at particular frequencies, those featured in that EQ section have been chosen to suit the sound of those bass-playing styles and techniques, thanks to the following self-explanatory controls: LOW CUT (Hz) — with frequency range settings spanning from 28 to 55 for creating cleaner bass sounds; BASS (%) — for boosting or lowering the level of bass in the signal between -100 and +100 (with 0 by default); DESWAMP (%) — for dropping down the level of ugly frequencies in lower mids and higher bass frequencies, ranging from 0 to 100; MIDS (%) — for boosting or lowering the level of mids in the signal between -100 and +100 (with 0 by default); HIGHS (%) — adding a level of highs to the signal, ranging from 0 to 100; and HI CUT (Hz) — cutting the highest frequencies that are superfluous to the bass guitar signal with frequency range settings spanning 2000 to 9000.
As an effect that changes the dynamics of the incoming signal, compression can greatly assist in creating great bass guitar sounds, so QuickBass features a switchable COMPRESSOR with an associated COMPRESSION control ranging from 0 to 100 and also offers a STYLE control to blend three different types of simulated hardware compression: OPTO — originally made with the audio signal feeding a lighting element (such as an LED), which shines upon a light-sensitive resistor, the resistance of which informs the compression circuit how much and how quickly to attenuate the audio signal, à la LA2A; VARI MU — as the signal feeding these tube compressors increases, the actual current sent to the grid of their tube decreases, culminating in a reduction in overall level, à la 670; and FET (Field Effect Transistor) — capable of exceedingly fast attack times with a lot of colour, à la 1176.
Instant Audio’s QuickBass is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of €29.00 EUR until April 11, 2021 — rising thereafter to €99.00 EUR — as an AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible audio plug-in directly from United Plugins here: https://unitedplugins.com/QuickBass/ (A 15-day, fully-functional trial version for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free.)