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Old 30th November 2017
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IK Multimedia updates MODO BASS with new models and features

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IK Multimedia updates MODO BASS with new models and features

MODO BASS, the first physical modelling virtual electric bass instrument now has more bass models and added features for increased range and control

IK Multimedia is pleased to announce the release of MODO BASS® version 1.5, which updates the breakthrough virtual bass instrument for Mac® and PC with new bass models from the most frequent user requests, with more strings, greater range and more control options for an unmatched level of realism and playability. MODO BASS is a customizable physically modelled virtual bass instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it's played in real time - from all the physical instrument components, the human technique of how the instrument is played, to the entire signal chain with effects and amplifiers.

Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and a unique sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear sound resonator - the string's acoustic behaviour 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 modelled as a nonlinear physical interaction with specific areas on the string surface. Then using IK's cutting edge analog modelling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain. This gives MODO BASS the ability to create hyper-realistic sound in real time.

What's new in version 1.5:
  • 2 new bass models: Metal (based on a 5-string fanned-fret model); Imperial (based on a 6-string custom model)
  • 6 string feature: all models can now be turned into 6 string basses
  • Drop A feature: drops the low B String to an A note
  • A redesigned, more flexible control section

A dream collection of electric basses

MODO BASS contains a collection of 14 physically modelled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music - more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. In MODO BASS version 1.5 there are two new highly sought after bass models.

The "Metal Bass", based on a fanned-fret 5-string model, is particularly suitable for use with the new drop A feature, which allows the lowest note to be tuned from low B to low A, recreating the typical tone loved so much by metal fans. Metal's variable scale reaches a length of 37 inches for the lowest string allowing for a very deep and solid low end with strong fundamental pitch, but also great focus and articulation to cut through even the heaviest of guitar mixes.

The "Imperial Bass", based on a custom 6-string model, provides an expensive, creamy and rich sound that is ideal for funk, pop, latin-pop, fusion, jazz-rock, alt-rock and many more genres which require a very round, resonant bass tone.

Other iconic models in the collection include "60s P-Bass" based on an Alder body 60s bass, "70's P-Bass" based on an Ash body 70s bass, "70's J-Bass" based on an Alder body 70s bass; "Modern J-Bass" based on an Ash body 4-string bass, "Devil Bass" based on a 60s single neck pickup bass; "Bass Man 5" based on a modern American 5-string bass; "Rick n' Bass" based on a 70s 4-string bass; "Studio Bass" based on a modern Japanese 5-string bass; "Violin Bass" based on a 60s German bass, "Thunder Bass" based on a 70s offset body 4-string bass, "Japan Bass" based on Japanese compact 5-string bass, and "Flame Bass" based on a modern German 4-string bass.

The sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 14 modelled basses - with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable. MODO BASS can produce an unmatched and nearly unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized.

String customization

IK painstakingly studied and recreated all the factors that affect string tone and performance. Players can choose the number of strings on the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age, plus the physical action height of above the fretboard. It is possible to choose the number of strings on all the models (4, 5 or 6) to determine the note scale range of the bass. In MODO BASS any 4-string model can be turned into a 5 or 6 string bass at a click of a mouse. The DROP option tunes the lowest string one note lower, bringing it from E to D (or from B to A in the case of a 5 or 6 string setup). Apart from extending the range of the bass, this reduces the tension of the string giving it a unique behaviour and tone. DROP tuning is typical in Hard Rock and Metal.

Pickups and electronics

There are 24 iconic bass pickups 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 with the physical instruments. The electronics can be switched from Passive to Active, and doing so offers access to an additional parametric EQ that allows fine-tuning of the tone for a perfect balance.

Playing styles - pluck, slap or pick

Players can choose from 3 playing styles - pluck, slap or pick - and control parameters of each style and how they influence the sound. Adjustments can be made to 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 modelled as a non-linear interaction with the strings to provide a dynamic, ever-changing sound output.

Amps and effects

MODO BASS allows full control over the post-instrument signal path as well as including 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 effect. Also available is a classic all-tube amplifier and 1x15 cabinet, or a solid-state model with a 4x10 cabinet.

Highly expressive real-time control

MODO BASS 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.

Adding to the versatility within MODO Bass, there is a new feature that allows users to remap keyswitches or link controls to any MIDI control change. Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to create amazingly real techniques like slides and percussive ghost notes. Users can 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 in real time.

Pricing and availability:

MODO BASS version 1.5 is a free update for registered users. MODO BASS is available now from the IK Multimedia online store for $/€299.99* and a crossgrade is available for $/€199.99** to qualified users.

* All prices MSRP excluding taxes
** Any previous purchase of an IK Multimedia product with a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.

For more information, please visit:
IK Multimedia | MODO BASS — The first physically modeled electric bass

To see MODO BASS in action, watch the videos:
IK Multimedia | MODO BASS — The first physically modeled electric bass
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Old 30th November 2017
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WOW! Christmas is early this year! On my way
to download the update.

I use MODO Bass exclusively for all the
electric bass tracks in my projects. And
to replace some existing “real”bass tracks
in mixes. It should have won Product Of the Year
awards last year..hopefully this year it will.
Its hands down the best physically modeled
virtual instrument I know of..iK didnt
just knock it out of the park, they knocked it up
and out into space with this one.
Old 30th November 2017
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nice!
Old 30th November 2017
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Polich View Post
WOW! Christmas is early this year! On my way
to download the update.

I use MODO Bass exclusively for all the
electric bass tracks in my projects. And
to replace some existing “real”bass tracks
in mixes. It should have won Product Of the Year
awards last year..hopefully this year it will.
Its hands down the best physically modeled
virtual instrument I know of..iK didnt
just knock it out of the park, they knocked it up
and out into space with this one.
Thank you for such kind words! We're very proud of MODO BASS and glad that
people really enjoy using it and have such great results with it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristianD View Post
nice!
I'm very glad you're happy with this update.
Old 30th November 2017
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6 strings finally! thank you guys. Now this is simply the best bass instrument
Old 30th November 2017
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great one for metal heads and jazz-funkers!

Me myself could appreciate this oldie fella from 50's added to MODO bass

Old 30th November 2017
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Can we make the Dingwall go to F# (or low E)? Then it would match 8 string guitars, and the extended scale can handle it.
Old 30th November 2017
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Old 30th November 2017
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IK, do you even do market research?..
-hey lets sample a dingwall 5 string with 37" scale...BUT ONLY MAKE IT DOWN TO "A" BECAUSE NO ONE IN METAL EVER DOWNTUNES 7 OR 8 STRING GUITARS LIKE THE BAND OF THE BASSIST THAT USES THE SAME SIGNATURE DINGWALL WE ARE GONNA MODEL....¬¬
when even the sample libraries out there of this bass go down to C0 (example The inferno bass)

I have said it before on other threads and have been absolutely ignored by IK but if all this basses are "physically modelled" (not samples) WHY THE HELL DO YOU RESTRICT THE TUNINGS SO MUCH ON ALL THE MODELS?????
Old 30th November 2017
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@The-Zeronaut - Thank you, I will relay your suggestions to the team.
Old 30th November 2017
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As nice as the new models are, may I request a fretless or two? It's about the only significant color of electric totally lacking in the arsenal.
That said, looking forward to downloading my update and hearing the new basses.
Old 30th November 2017
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@The-Zeronaut - Thank you, I will relay your suggestions to the team.
Thank you very much.

Last edited by The-Zeronaut; 5th December 2017 at 10:47 AM..
Old 30th November 2017
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As nice as the new models are, may I request a fretless or two? It's about the only significant color of electric totally lacking in the arsenal.
That said, looking forward to downloading my update and hearing the new basses.
Yes, I'm told that fretless is something we're looking to add in the future.
Old 30th November 2017
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Peter, please relay this single pup old bugger to the team. Palm it off upon them in ways most hideous, will ya?

Old 1st December 2017
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Originally Posted by The-Zeronaut View Post
Thank you very much.

I became very interested when it was released and thought it was gonna be a very big hit on the rock/metal community when a lot (and I really mean a LOT) of records are made with programmed bass and then I saw that you cant, for example, downtune the jazz bass 4 string to C or B ...so for me its useless because you give a lot of "flavors" of bass sounds but the tunings restrict my choices for a song so if want it tuned to C I can ONLY use the 5 strings basses even if I really like the sound of another one...
and I havent been able to discern WHY would you do that
All MODO basses can now be six-strings with
a low A. That is not low enough for you?
Old 1st December 2017
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All MODO basses can now be six-strings with
a low A. That is not low enough for you?
8 string guitars, which are used in bands like Periphery whose signature bass that Dingwall is, are tuned to F# standard or E when dropped.
Old 1st December 2017
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MODO BASS is the gift that just keeps on giving!

Tremendous value, especially at the price a lot of us early adopters got it for.
Old 1st December 2017
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Polich View Post
WOW! Christmas is early this year! On my way
to download the update.

I use MODO Bass exclusively for all the
electric bass tracks in my projects. And
to replace some existing “real”bass tracks
in mixes. It should have won Product Of the Year
awards last year..hopefully this year it will.
Its hands down the best physically modeled
virtual instrument I know of..iK didnt
just knock it out of the park, they knocked it up
and out into space with this one.
They knocked into the next park two towns over and knocked up every fair lass in between

I pretty much only use trillian for upright bass and a couple of the synth basses... Although, damn IK's synth has replaced the latter too
Old 1st December 2017
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The-Zeronaut View Post
IK, do you even do market research?..
-hey lets sample a dingwall 5 string with 37" scale...BUT ONLY MAKE IT DOWN TO "A" BECAUSE NO ONE IN METAL EVER DOWNTUNES 7 OR 8 STRING GUITARS LIKE THE BAND OF THE BASSIST THAT USES THE SAME SIGNATURE DINGWALL WE ARE GONNA MODEL....¬¬
when even the sample libraries out there of this bass go down to C0 (example The inferno bass)

I have said it before on other threads and have been absolutely ignored by IK but if all this basses are "physically modelled" (not samples) WHY THE HELL DO YOU RESTRICT THE TUNINGS SO MUCH ON ALL THE MODELS?????
Why are so aggressive? Jesus
Old 1st December 2017
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it's really odd that dingwall wouldn't go further down, but extended range and new models are very welcome.
Old 5th December 2017
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Something that would be great to have in the future would be the option of simulating nickel vs stainless steel strings
Old 5th December 2017
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Just to clarify...Peter isn't responsible for coding MODO Bass, and neither is iK. It was developed by a different team, who coded it. iK manages and distributes the product.

I doubt that there will be an option for nickel or stainless steel strings..

If you're super-picky about low-tuned basses for metal, you probably should
have a real bass player record the part...just sayin'.
Old 5th December 2017
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Polich View Post
Just to clarify...Peter isn't responsible for coding MODO Bass, and neither is iK. It was developed by a different team, who coded it. iK manages and distributes the product.

I doubt that there will be an option for nickel or stainless steel strings..

If you're super-picky about low-tuned basses for metal, you probably should
have a real bass player record the part...just sayin'.
IK is responsible for its coding. It was created in collaboration with one of Europe’s oldest universities but we are fully responsible for its coding, not just management and distribution.
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IK is responsible for its coding. It was created in collaboration with one of Europe’s oldest universities but we are fully responsible for its coding, not just management and distribution.
Apologies...my bad I thought you just distributed
it.
Old 6th December 2017
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Freebie update for current users. IK Multimedia has got my attention. I'm not an owner but now MODO Bass is on my radar. This is how you do it, Arturia.
Old 8th December 2017
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Peter - I've installed the update/upgrade and I'm now noticing that with every session which used the previous version of MODO bass ProTools gives an error saying that "MODO Bass" is missing. In the session MODO bass is greyed out and is indeed not active in the session. I can select MODO Bass from the plugin folder and it *appears* to load with the proper adjustments I've made but I have no way of verifying without reinstalling the older version.

Why does this happen? After the update/upgrade, MODO should load normally. Why doesn't ProTools realize that the product is still installed?
Old 8th December 2017
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Peter - I've installed the update/upgrade and I'm now noticing that with every session which used the previous version of MODO bass ProTools gives an error saying that "MODO Bass" is missing. In the session MODO bass is greyed out and is indeed not active in the session. I can select MODO Bass from the plugin folder and it *appears* to load with the proper adjustments I've made but I have no way of verifying without reinstalling the older version.

Why does this happen? After the update/upgrade, MODO should load normally. Why doesn't ProTools realize that the product is still installed?
That is not the normal behavior. This isn't a separate install, it is an update. Have you reported this issue to IK Support? I'm sure they can assist you and figure out what is happening.
Old 8th December 2017
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I know that it replaced the previous MODO plugin, which is why I was surprised that ProTools was having an issue with it. It shouldn't, but it is.

I've not yet reported this to Support.
Old 9th December 2017
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Peter - I've installed the update/upgrade and I'm now noticing that with every session which used the previous version of MODO bass ProTools gives an error saying that "MODO Bass" is missing. In the session MODO bass is greyed out and is indeed not active in the session. I can select MODO Bass from the plugin folder and it *appears* to load with the proper adjustments I've made but I have no way of verifying without reinstalling the older version.

Why does this happen? After the update/upgrade, MODO should load normally. Why doesn't ProTools realize that the product is still installed?
Anyone else experiencing this?
Old 10th December 2017
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Anyone else experiencing this?
I'm not a pt user, but that behavior isn't happening here with win 10, Studio One pro
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