Bass Setup Controls (plus wheels to the bottom left)
This area is where you tweak the overall sound character and dynamic response of the bass guitar.
Virtual Bassist ROYAL features two simultaneously sounding pickup signals. The Pickup control allows you to mix them continuously to find exactly the basic sound character you want. The Neck Pickup sounds a little more guitar-y and nasal, whereas the Bridge pickup has a rather round and hollow character. Anything in between is possible, naturally.
The Character control is a chicken head switch selects one of four basic characteristics. These define the overall sound character as well as the dynamic response. Under the hood..
- the sound character is achieved by a bass channel featuring various audio processors to control the low, mid and high end.
- The dynamic response attenuation limits the “spectral” range of the bass guitar so that the same velocity levels sent to Virtual Bassist ROYAL produce different sound characters without affecting the overall volume response too much.
Drop D Switch (in the ''off'' position)
This switch, when activated, tunes the E string down by a whole note, dropping the pitch to D (hence the name). This extends the note range to D, but also makes the note range played by the E string sound different.
This chicken head switch sends the bass guitar signal through either one of three bass amp setups or selects a direct signal in case you want to use an external amp (plugin). The Amp Models include top amp, cabinet and microphones and are perfected for a range of applications of Virtual Bassist ROYAL.
This control adjusts the overdrive level of the bass amp to create a slightly distorted sound. The effect is very different depending on the AMP setup you’ve chosen.
As graphically indicated, the DRIVE control has no effect when you’ve chosen the Direct setting of the AMP control.