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Cubase Tips & Techniques
By John Walden

Audio files to accompany the article.

These files accompany the Cubase Notes article in the August 2015 issue of SOS

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Audio Examples

Example 1

This example uses a DI’d electric bass as described in the main text of the article. The audio is split into four parts: (i) the dry DI’d bass, (ii) the DI’d bass processed through the VST Bass Amp, (iii) as for (ii) but with the real-time pitch-shifted version also passed through the VST Amp Rack and (iv) as for (iii) but using the ‘cheat’ described in the main text (using VariAudio to create a pitch-shifted version of the bass track) that avoids having to use the real-time pitch-correction.

Example 2

This example uses a MIDI-based electric bass from Halion Sonic SE2 as described in the main text of the article. The audio is split into four parts: (i) the dry MIDI bass, (ii) the MIDI bass processed through the VST Bass Amp, (iii) as for (ii) but with the real-time pitch-shifted version also passed through the VST Amp Rack and (iv) as for (iii) but using the ‘cheat’ described in the main text (creating a second instance of Halion Sonic bass patch) that avoids having to use the real-time pitch-correction.

Bottom end

VST Bass Amp was introduced for the first time with Cubase Pro 8. It’s very similar to the VST Amp Rack guitar-amp modelling plug-in included in earlier versions, but features emulations of gear for use with electric bass. With six different amp models, four cabinet types, over 20 effects pedals and the option to blend any two of eight different virtual microphone types and adjust their placement in front of the speaker cabinet, you can coax a huge range of tones out of this plug-in. It might not have the ‘street cool’ of a real bass stack but it sounds solid and is both flexible and convenient.

Published August 2015