Sounds & Sam­ples

Future Music - - CONTENTS - Bruce Aisher

Like many other au­dio sam­ple pur­vey­ors, Loop­mas­ters have gone be­yond their orig­i­nal re­mit and em­braced self-con­tained vir­tual in­stru­ments. One such ex­am­ple is their new Bass Master in­stru­ment ded­i­cated to – you’ve guessed it – bass. This is a pretty straight­for­ward sam­ple-based plugin avail­able for both Mac (AU/VST) and Win­dows (VST) sys­tems. At its core, sounds are cre­ated from two lay­ers, which can each make use of the in­cluded 217 fac­tory sam­ples. Sadly, there is cur­rently no way to add your own sam­ples to the mix, though this per­haps goes against the ‘keep it sim­ple’ phi­los­o­phy.

The lay­ers are la­belled as ‘Top’ and ‘Sub’, with some sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween the two when it comes to fur­ther shap­ing. The Top layer in­cludes a four-stage amp en­ve­lope, whilst the Sub only has con­trol over At­tack and Re­lease stage (with fixed Sus­tain) – though un­looped short sam­ples will ob­vi­ously not ex­tend be­yond their orig­i­nal length. The Sub also has the abil­ity to by­pass any fur­ther pro­cess­ing by en­gag­ing the ‘Di­rect Out’ but­ton. With this en­abled, only the Top layer will route through the Fil­ter sec­tion and (three part) Layer FX, or come un­der con­trol of the Mo­du­la­tion Sec­tion. What­ever the set­ting, the Master FX (com­pris­ing of the three-band, com­pres­sion-based ‘Fre­quency Booster’) works on the two com­bined lay­ers.

With 350 fac­tory pre­sets cov­er­ing a range of styles, Bass Master is a de­cent sound­ing and easy-to-use source of very us­able bass tones.



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