If we denied the huge differences between a software and a real musician, you shouldn’t trust us. If you have all the money, time and patience in the world plus a recording studio and a professional bass player available, by all means go for it! But for most people, most of the time, that’s not the case:
- Maybe you have no access to a (professional) session player.
- Maybe you are traveling and need to work on a song only with a laptop and maybe a mini keyboard.
- Maybe you like to work out ideas totally by yourself, taking the time, playing with ideas.
- Maybe you’re a bass player but you want to quickly lay down a track without the hassle of tuning your bass and setting up a recording session.
- Maybe you want to use MIDI-controlled bass tracks as source material for electronic manipulation.
In these and many other scenarios, Virtual Bassist ROWDY is a great alternative to the real thing.
How Does Virtual Bassist Make You Sound Real?
You may wonder whether and how Virtual Bassist creates bass tracks that even a bass player can’t distinguish from the real thing, while you have no idea of how a bass guitar or the musical techniques behind good basslines work – from playing figures and riffs to shifting, positions and fingering techniques typical for a real bass, plus all those characteristic noises – slides, stops, dead notes, hammer-ons, pull-offs.
The answer is: In every Virtual Bassist there are mechanisms that we didn’t give fancy names like “AI Real Bass Engine” or “AI Musical Bass Intelligence” because that’s exactly what the name Virtual Bassist already stands for. These mechanisms automatically translate simple note or chord input into the correct response on a real bass and “play the bass” accordingly.
In Player Mode, these mechanisms consider your song’s key and chord input to always stay in scale, knows when to go from one string to another, when to slide between two notes or when to play a stop noise.
This is why when you play Virtual Bassist on a MIDI Keyboard in Instrument Mode, it doesn’t feel like you’re triggering samples, but like your keyboard were hooked up to a fancy mechanism pulling the strings and pressing the frets of a real bass. And in Player Mode, chances are it teaches you a lick or two.