We all know how important the bass element is in today’s electronic music. What’s more, music producers and software companies always find new ways to amaze us with creative bass making solutions. It is a fact that new techniques on how to mix the bass sound and special sample banks emerge on a daily basis. Therefore in the next tutorial, I will present you something new I came across recently. It’s a basically a simple yet powerful VST instrument called Bass Engine designed by DopeVST company.


Bass Engine CM


Bass Engine CM is essentially a ROMpler which offers 45 different authentic ‘sampled’ basses. Some of them are Hip Hop-style patches from analog synthesizers. Its carefully sampled sounds introduce a top-notch range of classic hip-hop bass tones, which are categorized into three decades in the genre’s history: the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Therefore, all of the content of the Bass Engine CM sounds like its taken straight from the vinyl record or some old drum machine. However, the content has been crafted with high quality and precision by DopVST labs. In addition, Bass Engine CM comes with 50 awesome sounding MIDI files, which are riffs of classic hip-hop baseline licks.

So let us start as usual by adding a fresh instance of the Bass Engine on a newly created MIDI track within SoundBridge.



The interface


In the first place, you can see that the interface couldn’t be more simplified. If we neglect the top rack where you can see the name of this fine VST, the lower two racks contain a VU meter, Volume, Pan, Reverb and Pitch knobs which are accompanied with an ADSR section on the far right side. Below that, there is a 3-octave range keyboard and last but not the least, a preset section.

As you can see from the picture below, the list (part of it) of presets is pretty big and the presets are ranging from the 1990`s, all the way to 2010`s. I must say that there are many, many awesome sounding sounds within this instrument that you’ll surely find useful if you are into sub, fat, and ground shaking bass sounds.



Audio examples


After we finished with the initial introduction, let’s move to the practical audio examples. In conclusion, I will present 3 different bassline presets with different sequences. First solo and then accompanied with the drum loop from SoundBridge’s RitMix drum machine. 


~Bass Engine 1

~Bass Engine 1 + Drum Loop

~Bass Engine 2

~Bass Engine 2 + Drum Loop

~Bass Engine 3

~Bass Engine 3 + Drum Loop