Useful software for bass players
Posted 02 December 2010 - 04:45 PM
I also rate Garageband as possibly the best 'free' DAW... and I have seen Cubase rocking too, it just drove me nuts! And I'm still getting my head around the vast number of possibilities with Ableton and the fact I keep getting latency when I use it... even though I've worked through ways of getting rid of it - any tips gratefully received.
I just discovered this bit of 'slow down' / transcriptiomn software that works with iTunes:
It's meant to be the best one out there - I've used the Amazing Slow Downer and it's OK but I didn't the way the audio gets glitchy when it's going really slow..
Posted 02 December 2010 - 05:02 PM
It's pretty much the industry standard for a reason!
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 05:30 PM
TheiReal book+ the jazz pack.This plays the chords for you in whatever style and tempo you want eg Bossa Nova 100bpm Latin or whatever you want.
You get a backing of piano bass and drumsand you can adjust the levels of each to however you want it plus transposing if you wish.
If you go to the Realbook forum(just a touch on the bottom rh corner of the screen) you can easily access hundreds more tunes and playlists that contributor have put there for your delictation.These are all free by the way.
2.The Amazing Slow Downer App
Does what it says on the tin plus loops etc.
These apps are bloody amazing and they cost peanuts,well,a few quid actually but not very much.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 05:16 PM
I have Logic(a keyboard friend of mine recommended it to me big time).
I also have pod farm and Ableton live/riffworks. which came with my Line 6 UX1
I still have Gearbox which came with my Toneport GX.
And Garageband on my Mac.
The reason (which looks good) I am apprehensive about Logic is the graph type stuff.
When I used to use cassette recorders peak meters were easy to understand.
It seems like you get an awful lot for your dosh.But with so much stuff, it makes stuff more complicated than need be imho.
I was wondering if it's worth going on a one day course for Logic.I have books ,but keep putting them off.
Now that I am bandless, I need to do something with this stuff.
Nice thread by the way
I use Garageband all the time as it's so easy. I'd love to learn how to use Logic too as it seems to do so much more. It's a bit overwhelming though and I need a physical, real person to teach me.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:08 PM
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:31 PM
I should use Garageband ,and now that I'm bandless I'll get my finger out. As for Logic,
I did see some one day courses advertised . One was in some guys house in Slough.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:12 PM
Suprised no-one has mentioned 'Vox' (used to be 'Toolplayer') for the mac. It appears to be in the same ballpark as Best Practice and it's my go to rehearsal tool ... pitch changes (now calibrated in 10ths of a semitone ... good enough) tempo changes (plus a bunch of bizarre stuff you most likely wont need, but it's hidden and doesn't get in the way.
If you have MP3s that are miss-tagged, or you need to tag your recordings, MP3Tag (win only) and MusicBrainz Picard (mac/win) are a god-send.
Besides that, the ubiquitous cross-platform Audacity, also Cubase LE (mac and windows, free with Alesis audio interface ) and the software associated with my Bass Pod (which I used to gig, but it seems to now be home (rehearsal/recording) use only.
I'd really like to know of some drum software that accepts midi-in and has a good selection of built in patterns and kits. Preferably free of course. Tried Hydrogen, but the mac version was so flakey I gave up on it. (Mac is my main rehearsal recording tool)
Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:17 PM
cubase is faffy but good for recording and midi sequencing
pro tools is excellent for recording not so great for midi sequencing
logic is very good at alot and hardly any faff, and u can export tracks in seconds as apposed to pro tools and maybe cubase that makes u wait the entire duration of the track.
thats my take on the recording software that ive used so far
on another note i used the ear master 5 free trial the other day i only spent about an hour on it and i have actually noticed an improvement, £30
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:18 PM
Guitar Toolkit - mentioned previously
TabToolkit - can take Guitar Pro files and play back on the iPhone
PolyTune - neat - but the low B can confuse it
Pedersen Strobe Tuner - neat
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Amplitube - there are some bass amps and FX
Ampkit - a bass amp and some FX
PocketGK - GK amps and two cabs; can play backing tracks directly from the iPod app
I use the Peavey Ampkit Link as my interface into the iPhone.
I also use on my Mac:
Neutrino - this can do key changes or tempo changes; uses the iTunes library
Line 6 PodFarm - some very neat Bass amps, and FX
Amplitube - I have a single Ampeg model which sounds great
Ableton Live - not used much recently
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:01 PM
Not really bass specific though...
Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:50 PM
There's a free and paid version. I think the paid one has more comping styles and the automatic "random" generator.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:31 PM
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:56 PM
Andy, I use EZdrummer which is around £80 and is usually packaged as a bundle with an extra drum kit (check dv247.com). It comes with pop/rock drums (the default, sounds pretty decent) and a cocktail kit (not all that great). I got the one with the two funk drumkits. You get a good selection of midi loops with it and it can accept any other midi drum tracks. I got some from Groove Monkee for $20 - $30 a pack (but Google for some vouchers or sign up for their newsletter for discount codes, I think june20 is their latest, giving 20% off). They do a sample pack of free loops from all their ranges too: http://www.groovemon...om/en/free-midi.
The drums on my track here were done in EZdrummer: http://basschat.co.u...howtopic=134193.
I use it on a Mac within GarageBand and haven't had any problems. Just shout if you want to know more about it...
Here's a link to it on DV247. They have the funkmasters one plus Drumkit From Hell which is more suited to rock/metal: http://www.dv247.com/search/0/0/ProductQua...ng/ezdrummer/1/
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:53 AM
The guitar pro tabs app, which is about £1.99 and they have an upgrade to read guitar pro tabs for $4.99, dunno what that is in £s
and for recording on the fly; Four Track Pro, litterally lets you record up to 4 tracks on the go when you may be in a rehesal room or at a mates house jamming and dont have anything else spare. This is free if you upgrade it has limited editing options and a metronome.
Jam Box- is pretty much a scale and chord library. in the free version it has guitar positions but if you upgrade it has 5&4 string bass positions. (not sure about 6).
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:10 AM
I don't have anything on my phone, as it's old and wretched. For everything else I use 'Basschat'.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:07 AM
I can adjust the pitch in semitones to what we play the song in. Does tempo too.
I'm a software numpty so I'm sure there's better and for nothing.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:06 AM
My original post mentioned that the Amazing Slow Downer has an EQ section which allows you to drop out pretty much all of the bass.
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Posted 16 September 2015 - 03:45 PM
On Macs, Capo, which was mentioned earlier, has the same facility, with presets for taking out male and female vocals and to isolate the bass (though you'd have to dial in removing the bass by hand).
It also has a handy frequency analyser which works out the chords and shows you which notes are being played on a keyboard scale - making it much easier to work out a bass line.
Edit: I've recently discovered that Capo allows you to make microtonal adjustments to the pitch of playback (to 1/100 of a semitone)
Vox seems to have gone rapidly downhill with recent versions. Lots of complaints of instability, the awfulness of UI changes and an attempt to bring in a software rental pricing model.
Edited by cybertect, 16 September 2015 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 16 September 2015 - 05:39 PM
PS... I think it works on Android phones as well, not just iPod.
It runs on my macbook pro too. Happy days!
Posted 08 December 2015 - 11:31 AM
Whenever iTunes goes to the next song, it will find the tab for the new song automatically.
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