IK Multimedia announces MODO Bass
October 19, 2016 - IK Multimedia, the pioneer in analog effects modeling, is pleased to announce MODO BASS®,
a breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely
new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass
instruments. MODO BASS
is a completely customizable physically modeled virtual bass that
recreates the electric bass and how it's played - from the physical
instrument and everything that makes it sound the way it does, to the
human technique of how the instrument is played and its sonic
performance, to the entire sound signal chain - no detail is left out.
pioneering approach to virtual instrument technology recreates the
dynamic interaction between the player, the bass, effects chain and
amplifier that until now has never been realized nor recreated with
traditional virtual instruments. This intense evaluation and modeling
process gives players and producers access to a limitless universe of
bass sound, an unmatched level of playability and the most realistic,
lifelike sounding dynamic performance. No other bass virtual instrument
can even come close to offering what MODO BASS provides.
years in the making and developed in collaboration with one of Europe's
oldest universities, MODO BASS utilizes a breakthrough technology to
breathe life into bass tracks. Unlike traditional sample-based virtual
instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an
ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear
resonator where the string's acoustic behavior is determined by its
physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with
fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player
is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with certain areas
on the string surface. Then using IK's cutting edge analog modeling
expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the
of this gives MODO BASS the ability to create sound in real time based
on the construction and components of the bass combined with the player
technique, finesse and the ever-changing dynamic interactions between
the two. In short, MODO BASS brings - for the first time -
ever-changing, hyper-realistic, living-breathing bass sound and
performance to the world of virtual instruments. And since it doesn't
use samples, MODO BASS has an extremely small memory footprint.
Virtually every electric bass sound
foundation of MODO BASS is a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic
electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music -
more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Bass
models include "60s P-Bass" based on an Alder body '60s era Fender
Precision Bass®, "70s P-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Precision
Bass®, "70s J-Bass" based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®, "Modern
J-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, "Devil Bass" based on
Gibson® EB-0, "Bass Man 5" based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string, "Rick
n' Bass" based on Rickenbacker® 4003, "Studio Bass" based on Yamaha®
RB5, "Violin Bass" based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, "Thunder Bass" based
on a Gibson® Thunderbird, "Japan Bass" based on an Ibanez® Soundgear,
and "Flame Bass" based on Warwick® Streamer.
detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to
capture the true sonic character of the original basses - the shape and
type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware
components like bridge and tuners, the original onboard electronics and
controls - every aspect and detail has been modeled and recreated to
provide the highest degree of sonic authenticity of the original. But
the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled
basses; with the available customization features, users can craft
virtually every electric bass sound imaginable.
Customized, ever-changing sound
BASS is able to produce an unlimited palette of bass sounds because
everything can be customized. Unlike other bass instruments, users are
able to adjust and personalize each aspect of the instrument that
contributes to its tone profile - playing style, strings, pickups,
pickup placement, electronics, tone settings, action, stomp box effects
and amp settings. The combination of these customization options opens
up a limitless universe of bass sound covering every imaginable and
desirable tone. And just like a real bass player, every expression and
interaction with the instrument will be unique.
Pluck, Slap or Pick - modeled playing styles
the bass instrument has been selected, players choose from 3 playing
styles - pluck, slap or pick - and control how each playing style
influences the tone of the instrument; the force applied to the strings,
the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used
to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact
of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the
thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing
style has been studied and modeled to provide its unique impact on tone.
strings are one of the most important contributors to tone, so IK
painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect it.
Players can choose the number of strings to define the tonal range of
the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or
flat wound), the gauge and age of the strings, plus the physical action
height of the strings above the fretboard. Each of these options
contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces
realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.
Custom pickup configuration
can also completely customize the onboard electronics of the bass.
There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely
interchanged and added to the instrument - up to 2 pickups per bass.
Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or
humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved
freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations - a feature virtually
impossible in the physical world. Each pickup has its own volume
control and is also controlled by a global tone control. MODO BASS also
gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo
pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active
electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the
pickup output tone.
FX and Amplifier choices
MODO BASS, players have full control over the signal path and get 7
bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK's
AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver,
Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ.
Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the
signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next
can also choose from a classic all-tube amplifier and 1x15 cab, or a
powerhouse solid-state model with a 4x10 cab. Each amp provides full
control over gain structure, EQ (with mid-frequency adjustment on the
tube amp), and additional fine-tuning options with a graphic EQ. There
is also a global bypass feature that allows for bass signal routing from
MODO BASS into another amp effects modeling suite like IK's AmpliTube
Custom Shop, opening up a whole new world of sonic options for bass tone
shaping and effects.
Totally controllable in real time
BASS also provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be
automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control
and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the
application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied
while playing. The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend,
plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be
controlled in real time on the fly.
in MODO BASS allows players to switch on the fly between chord mode and
note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and
the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely
customize the sound in real time.
Pricing and availability
BASS will be available in November, 2016 for $/€299.99 and $199.99
crossgrade* price. MODO BASS for Mac/PC is available now for pre-order
from the IK Online store at a special introductory price of only
previous purchase of an IK Multimedia software or hardware product with
a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.
**All prices listed are excluding taxes.