If you have worked in Apple’s Garageband or use Logic Pro on your computer, you no doubt have tried out the new Drummer feature. If not, it’s basically an artificial intelligent drum programmer, which you can feed a few parameters and it spits out realistic and style specific drum parts. It’s one good example where a plugin can replace a musician on an acceptable level. But it’s still a rare sight. Now the app iBassist makes a run for replacing your bass guitar player.
by Luis Martinez
iBassist turns your iPad into a versatile bass player to jam or compose anywhere and create grooves for installed drum apps, so the jam enters a new level. Additionally, it sends progression chords by MIDI, so you can have any synth/piano on the background and a proper band jamming instantly.
Bass lines are based in degrees, so you can apply any chord progression to any bass line. A valuable tool to apply different bass grooves to your songs. And the jam tool brings musical variations and new ideas on the way.
The Chord Progression editor is quick, easy to use and allows to create or edit your progressions choosing Key Notes - harmony by steps, midi detection or randomizing.
iBassist includes 10 Round Robin sampled natural bass sounds. Different styles and colors, from Modern Finger Bass, to warm Double Bass.
Live Pads lets to play live sessions on the way with 8 assignable pads for Line-Progression-Jam, and change between them by MIDI.
Song Mode. Choosing "Make Drums" in song mode will create the whole song structure drums.
Export Midi function to create MIDI Files with the Bass Line /- Progression - Jam combination or whole song structures.
Built-In Effects: Compressor, Delay, Chorus, Reverb.
iBassist is basically a virtual bass player for the iPad which wants to play the bass on your beats and productions. You can tweak the sound based on various musical styles and color it by picking between plectrum, fingers and slap play. There’s quite a few usable sounds in there, even a very convincing sounding double bass. The samples change depending on velocity and have Round Robins, so you get a realistic bass sound. Check the video below for sound examples.
With minimal effort you can create even intricate basslines for your songs in a matter of seconds. It’s more than a dumb MIDI-based bass generator. You can actually add a chord progression, and the app will figure out an appropriate bassline to it. To me this is a super useful app when you’re stuck writing a bassline or on the road without your bass guitarist.