Steinberg Media Technologies announced a new addition to its "virtual player" series of virtual musicians: Virtual Bassist, created by the same team responsible for Virtual Guitarist and Groove Agent.
Using dynamic phrases based on real performances by top studio bass players, Virtual Bassist utilizes an array of samples and phrases in 25 styles, Virtual Bassist covers almost every conceivable music genre, delivering top class sounds and phrases for rock, pop, reggae, metal and hip hop to name but a few.
While the range of included intros, fills and variations provides a dynamic library of bass guitar sounds, the MIDI Export/Import features allow grooves to be opened up in the MIDI Key Editor of the host application for detailed editing, adding a further level of variety and adaptability. Virtual Bassist is also designed to be "playable", with MIDI keyboard notes selecting the pitch of the played groove while the Modulation wheel allows simultaneous and dynamic switching between groove complexity levels.
Virtual Bassist also offers GrooveMatch, a tool that molds the Virtual Bassist bass line to any existing drum groove. Owners of Groove Agent, Virtual Guitarist or Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition will find pre- matched grooves for phrases and patterns in those instruments, creating a tightly integrated drum, bass and guitar rhythm section within VST, DXi, AU or ReWire host applications. Virtual Bassist also runs in stand-alone mode on PC and Macintosh computers.
Virtual Bassist will also find a set of six virtual stomp box effects optimized for bass guitar, a choice of amp heads, bass cabinets and microphones as well as mic positioning options to build their ideal bass guitar parts. The includedeffects can also be used on any other audio channel in music production environments.
Pricing and availability
Virtual Bassist will be available from Q1, 2005 for Euro 215.00 (excl. VAT). Pricing subject to regional variations.
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