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Bass Pedals excels as a heavyweight analogue bass instrument and comes highly recommended for anyone looking for incredibly fat and warm sounds. 9/10.

MT (Music Tech Magazine)

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Bass Pedals

Music Tech Mag Review - Bass Pedals

MT (Music Tech Magazine) - 30/05/2014

Bass Pedals is the second meticulously sampled, analogue instrument from ' Wave Alchemy, a company best known for its extensive libraries of carefully crafted drum hits. Where the first instrument took apart the classic Pro One, this new library delves into the depths of the original Moog Taurus Mk1 bass synth...

As the wave selection on the Taurus is limited to a collection of simple saws, Wave Alchemy has extended the palette by also offering saturated waves processed via an Empirical Labs Fatso. There's also an effects page with EQ, chorus, saturation, distortion and convolution reverb, plus fantastic IRs recorded from an Eventide DSP-7000 Harmonizer. Finally, you'll find a Controls page from where you can tweak the monophonic behaviour, portamento, pitch bend and velocity settings.

Bass Pedals excels as a heavyweight analogue bass instrument and comes highly recommended for anyone looking for incredibly fat and warm sounds.

Verdict

A carefully constructed instrument that combines multi-sampled bass sounds and a flexible set of oscillators and control. 9/10

Waveformless Blog Review - Bass Pedals

Tom Shear (Waveformless) - 10/05/2014

The Moog Taurus was an unusual piece of kit. Made to be played with one's feet, the simple bass synth featured long wooden pedals instead of keys. While the architecture of the synth itself was quite simple, the Taurus has a sound all to itself that has gained it many fans over the years including Rush and Genesis. This release from Wave Alchemy brings the sounds of this rare (and often expensive) beast to your computer in the form of an extensively sampled and heavily scripted Kontakt 4 instrument, complete with a nicely rendered user interface allowing you to program your own sounds.

As we've come to expect from Wave Alchemy, the sound quality here is superb. Long samples and use of round robin sampling techniques helps to preserve the non-linerarities and tiny imperfections that make vintage analog so appealing. It's very easy to forget you're playing a sampled instruments with these...

The interface is similarly well-done and is easy to figure out for anyone with a basic understanding of synthesis. I didn't experience any crashes or unusual behavior, and try as I might, I couldn't find any flaws in the sampling here. After this and their previous Sequential Circuits Pro One library, I am quite excited to see what vintage goodies they decided to take on next. In the meantime, if you want some warm vintage goodness to round out your bottom end, give this library a look! 9/10

Bass Pedals Video Review - Sounds and Gear

Saint Joe (SoundsandGear) - 08/05/2013

Saintjoe over at Sounds and Gear reviews our Bass Pedals synthesizer for Kontakt.



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