Wave Alchemy, the makers of the popular Evolution and Revolution drum machines couldn’t help but add some cutting-edge bass magic to their catalog. Their new and aptly named Bassynth is a powerful bass instrument aimed at anyone after deep analogue-like tones and evolving basslines.
What Is It?
At its heart, Bassynth has a powerful hybrid engine fuelled by a pristine 10GB library of lovingly-recorded, multi-sampled sound sources, oscillators and rich and diverse wavetables. with a modern and easy to use interface, split into three main sections.
CREATE Bassynth’s sounds are created with up to four voices. Choose from 800 pristinely-recorded sources (with everything including the deepest 808s, epic live brass sections, designed bass guitars and tortured percussion), oscillators, or over 200 wavetables (including analogue, digital, complex and aggressive types). Each of the four voices has its own filter (six types), resonance, envelope and mix controls. There’s full access to different source parameters to help create huge, rich and analogue tones, or explore vast and deep wavetable sound design thanks to 14 wavetable distortion shaping algorithms.
PERFORM An incredibly hands-on Performance page allows you to audition the 290 factory presets, and mix between or change the four sources. Bassynth also has a powerful drag n drop macro system where up to eight macros – each with up to eight parameters assigned to it – can be created. Control these in Bassynth’s Performance page, morph between the synth parameters or modulations in real time using the main X-Y sliders control, and record or automate everything using your host DAW.
SEQUENCE The eight macros can also be sequenced and controlled using Bassynth’s very flexible Polystep Motion Designer. Draw in changes, choose from 36 different sequences or simply randomise each lane. Create gradually evolving sweeps, dramatic stuttering effects, or complex polyrhythms with a huge range of options – including changing lane lengths and time signatures – to give your bass tones an unrivalled dynamic and sonic interest.
Finally, add a fully-featured modulation section, six insert effects per voice, plus a further six master effects, and Bassynth really does offer everything you need for powerful and creative bass, in any genre.
Bassynth definitely looks like something that inspires and sparks creativity, while at the same time delivering a very organic sound. We’ll see if it compares favourably to other popular bass-synth powerhouses (see our Output Substance review).
Price and Compatibility
MSRP: £149.95 (INTRO OFFER! 20% off for first 4 weeks, so £119.95) Formats: Kontakt Instrument (runs in free player).
You can find more information and order Bassynth here.
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About The Author
Founder & main editor here at ANR, 'non-musician' and music-tinkerer. His first keyboard was a cheesy Yamaha PSS-270. He still loves it.