Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH has announced Virtual Bassist, a new addition to its “virtual player” range of virtual musicians.
Using dynamic phrases based on real performances by top studio bass players, Virtual Bassist features samples and phrases in 25 styles and most music genres.
The MIDI Export/Import features allow grooves to be opened up in the MIDI Key Editor of the host application for detailed editing, and is designed to be “playable”, with MIDI keyboard notes selecting the pitch of the played groove while the Modulation wheel allows simultaneous and dynamic switching between groove complexity levels.
Virtual Bassist also offers GrooveMatch, which moulds the Virtual Bassist bass line to any existing drum groove. Owners of Groove Agent, Virtual Guitarist or Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition will find pre-matched grooves for phrases and patterns in those instruments, creating a tightly integrated drum, bass and guitar rhythm section within VST, DXi, AU or ReWire host applications. Virtual Bassist also runs in stand-alone mode on PC and Macintosh computers.
Virtual Bassist also includes six virtual stomp box effects optimized for bass guitar, a choice of amp heads, bass cabinets and microphones as well as mic positioning options to build bass guitar parts. The included effects can also be used on any other audio channel in music production environments such as Steinberg’s Cubase SX3.
Virtual Bassist will be available from Q1, 2005 for $249.99 USD MSRP.
For more information, visit www.steinberg.de.