As with AmpliTube 3, this is a composite picture . . . and you gotta love those graphics.
Dedicated bass simulation: Ampeg bass amp fans, listen up—you get emulations of the BA-500, B-15R, SVT-CL, and SVT-4 Pro. Cabs include the BA-500, B-15R, BXT-410H, PB-212H, SV-410H, and SVT810E. These are all highly realistic models; Ampeg must have been impressed too, as they were willing to endorse the program.
Miking options: The six mic options are dynamic 20, dynamic 57, dynamic 421, vintage dynamic 20, condenser 87, and condenser 414. There are on-axis/offaxis and near/far switches, as well as a continuously-variable slider for ambience.
Parallel paths: While there’s no parallel path for adding a separate cabinet, a separate stomp box “direct” path can bypass the amp and cabinet, and mix into the final output with variable level and phase.
Dedicated bass effects: SVX shines here. Effects include overdrive, octave divider (yes!), chorus, delay, bass wah, compressor, envelope filter with the appropriate frequencies for bass, and volume pedal. These effects are far from an afterthought, and add major flexibility to an already flexible plug-in.
Tone: I’m a fan of IK’s taste in guitar tone, and their taste in bass tone is also exemplary. It’s funky without being sloppy, tight without being overly clean, and musical. Their cabinet emulation mojo seems particularly strong, and the effects are the icing on the cake.
Bottom line on the bottom end: Ampeg SVX also put some thought into stand-alone mode, as there’s a file player/phrase trainer with variable speed and pitch, as well as settable loop points— very cool for practicing. But the main attraction here is the sound, and there’s a reason why so many studios back in the day had Ampeg amps sitting around for visiting bass players: They sound fabulous, and IK has done them justice.
Price: $229.99 MSRP, $200 street
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