PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: having struck production gold last year when working with development partner Muramasa Audio to give guitarists an astute all-in-one single-screen guitar amp and pedalboard plug-in in Electrum, independent development teams federation United Plugins is proud to announce the availability of Bassment — working with Muramasa Audio again, this time to seriously satisfy bass guitarists by building a multi-effect all-in-one single-screen solution around a flexible bass amp simulation — as of April 5…
Fortunately for any bass guitarists speedily seeking to change their sound with the greatest of ease, changing the running order of those colour-coded components is simply a case of dragging and dropping them into the desired position in the effect processing chain — and all without worrying about adhering to real-world setups to encourage experimentation, albeit GATE is usually the first such component in the effect processing chain. Conversely, positioning the EQ before the AMP will also affect the character of the distortion, while positioning it after will only change the tone. It is worth noting here that it is also perfectly possible to bypass any of those colour-coded components at any time by simply double-clicking on the relevant rectangular blocks bearing their name — no need to take a deep dive through muscle memory-taxing menus in search of hidden options since everything is already accessible on one screen, in other words.
Today’s teeming marketplace means most — even great-sounding — guitar software suffers from flawed design, doing little to enhance efficiency and comfort when put to work in a musical environment. Ergonomics is, of course, central to Muramasa Audio building Bassment as a multi-effect all-in-one single-screen solution around a flexible bass amp as flexible as they come, effectively following the same principals previously applied so successfully when executing Electrum to give guitarists an astute all-in-one single-screen guitar amp and pedalboard plug-in.
Put it this way, though: there is much more to Bassment than its easy-to-use and easy-on-the-eye GUI (Graphical User Interface) — itself readily resizable and available to view as a photorealistic 3D affair or flattened as 2D graphics at the convenient click of an appropriate button without affecting the sound or CPU (Central Processing Unit) load — might first suggest, such as an ANALYSE INPUT LEVEL that ensures everything sounds the best it possibly can, no matter what equipment is being used. Ultimately, activating the onscreen button and then playing as hard as intended for a few seconds sees Bassment setting up its input level automatically to find the perfect sweet spot to match the audio signal’s strength with the processing involved’s ideal working point; perfect gain-staging and volume balance helps users to get the most out of Bassment. Better still, EQ MATCHING really represents Bassment’s secret weapon, whereby it is simply a case of loading a short piece of a desired bass guitar solo sound and looping it for analysis using the ANALYSE TARGET SOUND button before analysing the user’s own bass guitar sound using the ANALYSE YOUR SOUND button — be prepared to be amazed at Bassment’s ability to automatically match the resulting sound with amazing accuracy!
Additional Bassment features well worth highlighting here include an advanced TUNER section, super-fast and super-accurate in response to ensure that the bass guitar performance being processed will never be out of tune, as well as global settings for INPUT (for cranking up the input gain), BASSMAN (for controlling the level of the SUB), OUTPUT (for controlling the plug-in’s overall output level), and LIMITER (for protecting the output signal from exceeding 0dB).
On the face of it, then, Bassment basically provides everything needed to achieve a perfect sound for any bass guitar quickly and easily within a single window while making use of its internal 64-bit audio processing to handle any sampling rate up to 192 kHz (or even higher) plus smart bypass and intelligent sleep on silence attributes, all aimed at separating it from the sound of the (plug-in) crowd in today’s teeming marketplace.